Whales and Puffins!

Added 31 May 2014

Early this morning we arrived in Husavik, the whale watching capital of Iceland. We are on the eastern shores of Skjalfandi Bay. Some of our guests take an excursion to Lake Myvatn while others join a whale and puffin cruise on an old sailing ship. Some visit the whale museum. At lunch time we are all aboard and heading for our next landing at Thorshofn. The expedition team give lectures this afternoon including a very interesting presentation about volcanoes by Steffen Biersack.

We dock at the tiny settlement of Thorshofn around 7.30pm. Richard and Dawn decide to escort one of their fun walks. We start at the harbour gift shop where there are some children playing music and some interesting souvenirs including jewellery made from shells and also plenty of woollen goods. Continuing up the hill we meet some more locals and learn more about the town. We have a look inside the sports centre which is very well equipped and features an indoor swimming pool. Magusson, the sports centre manager, tells us about the various sports and social activities.

From here we take a side path towards the small church. The church has been opened especially for the ship visitors. It is a modern design with clear glass windows along each side and also behind the altar. Heading back to the ship some of us go beachcombing and some are spotting birds.

Before we leave town we are treated to an impromptu concert in the Observation Lounge on board ship. Children from the local music school entertain us with flute, harp and clarinet. The church organist is an excellent keyboard player and the mayor plays a six string bass! The town is clearly very happy to welcome MV FRAM and its guests!