Reykjavik – What’s This Thingvellir?

Posted by Pat on June 8, 2015 in Travel |

2 – 8 June 2015 Silence. Only the occasion bird call, no mammal in sight. A slight wind brushes my ear. I turn 360° to see miles and miles of rumpled tundra, a table mountain dappled with small snow patches, and in the far distance, tall mountaintops draped with ice caps and clouds. The temperature […]

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Circumnavigating Iceland    

Posted by Pat on June 2, 2015 in Travel |

27 May – 1 June 2015 The North Atlantic, more specifically the Norwegian Sea, has a reputation for storms and rough seas. Well deserved, I learn. Sea Spirit departs what was, in perspective, relative calm seas around the Faroes on its passage across the open waters of the North Atlantic. Destination: the east coast of […]

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Sailing North Atlantic Islands: Orkneys, Shetlands and Faroes

Posted by Pat on June 2, 2015 in Travel |

23 – 26 May 2015 The Sea Spirit sails relative calm waters around Scotland then heads north to the Orkneys. This is new territory for me and an area of the world heretofore not on my bucket list. However, this particular cruise’s itinerary is my reason for signing on. My next stop is Kirkwall on the Orkney […]

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Boarding the Sea Spirit for the North Sea

Posted by Pat on May 30, 2015 in Travel |

17 – 22 May 2015 Such a deal ! When I read David Rowell’s “Travel Insider” email about the inaugural cruise of Polar Expedition’s Sea Spirit, I was immediately interested. Fourteen days, departing IJmuiden, sailing to Edinburgh, north to ports in the Orkneys, North Shetlands, and Faroe Islands before circumnavigating Iceland. Even better, boarding the […]

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