1st August, 2019
Our final Icelandic stopover blessed us with morning sunshine as we made our way in towards Djupivogur from the east. The only snag was that, following us in from the north-east, was a large swell which threatened the tenability of our tendering operation unless we could seek shelter from it.
Fortunately, after discussion with the local harbour master (an off-duty fisherman) he confirmed we could try and anchor hidden within the confines of the bay, as he was expecting no traffic to come in or out of his little harbour during the daytime and therefore we shouldn’t be in anyone’s way. We also had use of our stern anchor – to pin the stern in position as well as the bow with our main anchor – so we were in good shape to create shelter from the swell on our port side and run the tenders.
Safely in position by 08:30, we were ready to ferry guests ashore for their next adventure here in Iceland. Djupivogur is a small village, half hidden among rocks & crags, which provides an unique natural setting. It is overlooked by Mount Bulandstindur, a symmetrical basalt pyramid believed to be the focus of supernatural forces – and if these said forces came in the form of odd gusty wind shifts and dodgy weather conditions, then I can confirm that they were indeed present throughout our stay.
Tour options for everyone today included scenic boat trips around a nearby glacial river lagoon, scenic drives around the fjord and locally mountainous areas, a ‘cultural highlights’ trip, (more herrings, I presume…) a nature walk, or a 4x4 wilderness adventure in a ‘super-jeep’ capable of scaling some very impressive terrain. There were plenty of smiling faces returning to the ship in the late afternoon; verification alone that their trips ashore were a great success.
That evening once everyone had been safely tendered back to the ship, myself & some of our guests were lucky enough to be fed some delicious fresh Icelandic cod I had been out busy catching in Seydisfjordur the previous day, with our Hotel Director Ivar. I attach a photograph to verify just ‘how big it was’…
Captain Kim Tanner
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