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Sep
1st
Mon
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So we were right. The harbour at Isafjord was too narrow to risk in the weather. We got another extra sea day. Thomson assured us we’ll get our trip money back, though we’ll have to pop to the shop in Penzance to get it.

The boat reduced the price on the premium drinks and put on extra entertainment. BobTheSkutter went to see another film in the ship’s cinema and I got another nap. And we’ve read so much were both a bit fuzzy. Should have brought knitting. We had what was politely called ‘choppy sea’ last night which was great fun. But we didn’t see the lights, sadly.

Today we are docked at Akureyri. And looking forward to getting our feet on solid earth. And staggering around having adjusted to the boat.

Aug
31st
Sun
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@BobTheSkutter is ready!

@BobTheSkutter is ready!

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We’re going a-viking

We’re going a-viking

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And developed

And developed

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Yep, it’s Blue

Yep, it’s Blue

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Bloop bloop

Bloop bloop

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Volcanic rock

Volcanic rock

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So yesterday we made landfall at Reykjavik. We hurried off the boat, eager to get fresh air and feel solid ground. Which oddly felt like it was moving!

Our coach stopped for a quick photo opportunity in an alien volcanic landscape before we puked up by steaming, blooping mud pools. We explored a little, inhaling the sulphur.

Our second stop was at ‘the blue lagoon’. When the Icelanders dug some bore holes to get hot water for their geothermal power they chucked the cooling water into neighbouring dips in the land. People came and bathed in them, and thus was born a tourist industry. The water is very definitely Blue and warm. We discussed coming back some day to bathe.

Our final stop was to look at a reconstruction of a viking boat. We refrained from engaging in any pillage but did buy a few postcards.

Now we’re moored outside Isafjord. And can’t get in for bad weather. Watch this space. It could be another extra day at sea.

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Sulphurous pools that go bloop bloop

Sulphurous pools that go bloop bloop

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@BobTheSkutter in a volcanic landscape

@BobTheSkutter in a volcanic landscape

Aug
30th
Sat
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So we got an extra day at sea. Our entertainment team stepped up and put on extra things to do. Most people grumbled a little but mainly stayed cheerful. Hoping for no more problems.
Today we are at Reykjavik. We have a coach trip booked. It will be good to get fresh air and exercise but I quite like being in a little boat bubble. Not sure Kev does though!

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This one is our wake

This one is our wake

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@BobTheSkutter has been around the boat taking pictures. No one was about the pool side dining in the rain. Can’t think why!

@BobTheSkutter has been around the boat taking pictures. No one was about the pool side dining in the rain. Can’t think why!

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And this one on Friday

And this one on Friday