In Reykjavik at the end of the second segment of this Arctic quest cruise. And we’ve done very well. Dublin was sunny and busy, a hop-on, hop-off bus took us around and we hopped into a pub (of course) to add to our Guinness experiences….and as we left this city I took to the stage for an ‘Ain’t Patrick’s Night’ show of Irish humour and songs to a full house. Across the Irish Sea to Fishguard to meet with David and Alison for a trip out to the Roman/Victorian gold mines near Lampeter – a superb picnic lunch in the car park – and back to the ship and on to Waterford Ireland, and a trip along with Copper coast…to a pub of course – more Guinness and local entertainment. Galway was beautiful, and busy with people and street entertainers, and of course a Guinness and fish and chips!! Portree on the Isle of Skye was next and a rendezvous with fellow lecturer Michael Scott and his wife Sue for a trip out into the drizzle to visit the dinosaur footprint museum and then to look for footprints on the rock of the nearby shore (Julie found one)…..and of course a fish and chip lunch!
The Faroes were chilly and damp but we walked around Torshavn having had our mountain hike cancelled…Akureyri was a trip to the big waterfall and the turf houses, and Isafjordur was a trip to ‘Bird Island’ to see a few thousand puffins and to be attacked by a few hundred Arctic Terns protecting their eggs and young. As we sat in the sun a flying Black Guillemot flew into me with a fish in its mouth….I’m not sure who was the most surprised!
And in Reykjavik we took a whale watching trip to see Minke whales and assorted dolphins…..
And so to today with a walk into the city for some shopping, keeping out of the way as the changeover take place for new guests to come on board for the next segment, via Norway to Southampton…….. not had a Guinness for a while, I must do something about that!