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The day dawned upon the mighty Plancius, the sun shining with all its might through the sparse clouds scattered across the beautiful blue sky. A wondrous occasion it was, as the previous day had been full of misty clouds and rain. The plan? To zodiac cruise in Burgerbukta, to get closer to glaciers in order to scrutinize the smaller details that abound in the ice. Too late! The fog rolled in and we raised our hands in despair at the bad luck. But not to worry! Samarinvågen lay around the corner, outside of the misty zone and resplendid in all its glory. To the zodiacs! Shouted our intrepid leader Christian. As one by one the zodiacs were lowered into the deep blue yonder, they then slowly made their way towards the far glacial wall that lay before them. Beautifully warm it was, and the sun shone upon the layers of stone and sediments that made up the old venerable mountains surrounding the glacier. Old Red sandstone mixed in with marble layers, it made a beautiful sight as Tobias, finally in his element, spread his hands in joy and pontificated from his zodiac throne. Belugas were spotted, but alas were on their way out of the bay and into the fjords, not wanting to hang around too closely to the strange black objects floating in the water around them, exuding this strange smelly fog. A small young bearded seal was also spotted, nervous it was, however regained its calm and slowly ventured forth to inspect these creatures in its habitat.
And then it was time for lunch! More food is never a bad thing, surely the chef would agree! After lunch ‘twas to be a landing, at Gåshamna no less, the bay of geese. Alas no geese were to be found, that is until Michelle found a nesting goose on the rocks near the shoreline not far from the hiking path! The speedy mountain goats headed off with Christian, Beau, & Peter, while the more relaxed strayed along with Michelle, Miriam, & Bill. The beachcombers were content to patter along the shoreline, scouting for various miniscule things that were to be found in abundance. Ahoy ho! Shouted Michelle, the belugas were back! This time swimming along the shoreline not far from where the middle group was, everyone had a chance this time to see them. The mountain goats had a lovely view from near the top of the mountain, where they could survey the whole bay beneath them, first class sights to the white whales in the water. Then slowly everyone made their way back to the beach, where another surprise was in store: a polar plunge! A fantastic way to end off the day, the brave shed their layers of gore-tex and thermals and dove in, anticipation high as to who would stay out longer! As the day came to an end, Plancius slowly made its way back out towards open sea, the passengers wondering what could possibly lay around the next corner…