|Position:||65° 41.1’ N / 018° 04.7’ W|
We boarded Ortelius - our floating home for the next week – from 16:00, most of us arriving at the dock together with our luggage in two buses. Our expedition ship and home for the next week, was alongside the pier of Akurery.
It was a bright Icelandic day with a hint of autumn in the air. As soon as we’d identified our luggage on the quayside, we climbed up Ortelius’ gangway, checked in at reception and were shown our cabins. Our luggage was soon delivered and we were able to unpack and familiarize ourselves with the layout of the ship. One of the most important locations was the bar/coffee station on Deck 6 – definitely a popular gathering point.
Our stay on board started with a warm welcome in the bar by hotel manager Michael with a useful speech about the ship, from basic rules about toilet system to high tech wifi and internet connections.
After that we got a safety briefing done by our chief officer Sam about abandon ship procedures and how to react in case of distress signals. This was followed by an exercise with gathering at the muster station. Always good to know such things, and hopefully not put them into practice!
We then gathered around our expedition leader David who introduced us to the rest of the team and we all toasted to our great adventure ahead with Captain Mika Appel.
After a great dinner prepared by the kitchen, we were sailing toward Greenland and the Denmark Strait.