Met up with Michael for the first time in ages, this time using his contact at Limington village church; allowed up the tower where we had a cracking view across Yeovilton air base and the spectacular displays from the red arrows and others performing at the annual air show.
Last of all came the surprise of the afternoon as a buzzard came out from the trees below us and started to circle probably looking for his tea.
We left the tower before the end of the show to escape the 30C plus temperatures.
It was midnight but no sign of the sun, we waited to see if it would peep at us from behind the cloud, but no luck. We lost two hours due to time zones as we crossed from Norway to Iceland but still managed to be awake for our arival at Akureyri. The ship had briefly crossed into the Arctic Circle as our route took us north, didn’t see any swimming polar bears though. The sight of the sea, land and sky sandwich below was our first view of the topless island, getting to look quite strange as we got nearer.
The glacial patterns etched into the mountainsides coupled with the seemingly endless supply of waterfalls made for a more than impressive landscape to remember; too many pictures the same did you say?
If you go out in the woods today – Beware the Polar Bears Picnic!
Due to the cold taking longer to clear than at home the tulips are still in bloom during June and July. The buildings too reflected a like of colour in the town.
But Akureyri saved the best till last. We had been told by the officer of the watch to be aware that a pod of whales had been seen at the entance to the fjord, the prediction proved correct and here is evidence of that fact; we can go home now.
The sun drenched line of rock seen here lets us see what was missing from view when we sailed in this morning; I guess it’s time for an open sandwich for supper.