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11th August, 2012


This morning was quite different to the last two, as passengers woke to a day in port. As we were in the capital of Iceland, near to a lot of the countries ecological wonders, today was all about the tours and the amazing sights that our guests could go and see.

The first tour to head off today was “A Geothermal Experience”, that as the name suggests, took our intrepid explorers to see some of Iceland’s volcanic phenomena. Following that, guests had the opportunity to head to the open seas again and observe the magnificence of the planets largest species with a spot of whale watching.

A trip this far north couldn’t be complete without the opportunity for a “Glacier Adventure”, and this was our third tour to head off on a day packed with treats for environment enthusiast. The “Golden Circle” tour was the next to head on out, this tour was probably the most popular on the ship, as it took in the most famous natural wonders like the ‘Gulfoss Falls’ and Geyser of two.

The final tour to leave in the afternoon was the dispatch to the Blue Lagoon. Another of Reykjavik’s most popular sights, it was enjoyed by all including the crew, who were lucky enough to participant in a 'Crew Tour ' organised by the Officers and the Shore Excursions department of the ship.

I had been watching the weather forecast as the winds really have been quite exceptional this cruise. Tomorrow's call at Heimay was no different. The ground agents had told me that the weather was looking very poor for a landing tomorrow and looking at the local weather, they were right. Large swells rolling into the anchorage would have made tendering extremely dangerous so I took the decision to stay overnight in the comfort of Reykjavik.

With such a day of excitement, you would have thought it would have been a quiet night on board, but passengers were treated to local folkloric group “Sporid” on the main stage in the Britannia Lounge. Translated as ‘take a step’, the local performers dazzled all with Icelandic dance, dress and local customs.

Upstairs Explosive Productions vocalist Duncan McManus sung his heart in the Drawing Room, treating the audience to some West End showstoppers. Performing such favourites as ‘The Music of the Night’ and ‘This is the Moment’ a great night was had by all, as passengers headed to bed in preparation for of another day in Iceland’s biggest city Reykjavik.

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