|Position:||78°14.6’ N / 015°32.7’ E|
|Wind:||SE (Force 5)|
Embarkation day in Longyearbyen, proved for many to be quite the adventure – even before our circumnavigation of Svalbard with Ortelius had begun! Heavy fog and low cloud cover prevented several planes from landing Saturday and the Captain of a SAS flight, which carried both guests and guides for our sail, would make no promises to land in Longyearbyen, before leaving Tromso. Nevertheless, while he managed a safe landing in the end, the passengers of this journey had no idea how lucky they really were.
Upon embarkation at Kulkaia where Ortelius was alongside, the crew and guests learned that a number of Norwegian airports were closed due to bad weather and that this had also caused several lost luggage cases among our guests. But not only that, a group of our German guests had wanted to spend a few days in Svalbard before embarking on their Ortelius journey, but were delayed nearly three days in getting here! In the end our missing German group arrived in good spirits just after midnight and with them came also the final bags and suitcases. Thus, anchor was heaved and Ortelius could steam out on the first leg of our Svalbard navigation.