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Testing the Cold Weather Gear

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Another cold, windy and wet day as we continue North into the Barents Sea. I took the opportunity to test my selection of clothing. I dressed in the various layers and found my way to the open deck and stood there for some time. It appears that there's adequate protection from the wet and cold. The sole crewman I met must have questioned my sanity.

There is little to occupy us today so we'll spend some time catching up on some lost sleep. It is strange that no matter the time of day, the outside looks the same sadly the overcast hides the sun.

After lunch we visited the Library to consult an atlas and learn about our destination and locate it on paper. It proved to be a challenge as Longyearbyen doesn't feature in the index. The only map that includes the area is focused on the North Pole and doesn't extend to the Norwegian mainland. It looks like we'll be well inside the Arctic Circle. Longyearbyen is located on the West coast of Spitsbergen the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago and the administrative centre of the region. Located half way between the tip of Norway and the North Pole makes Longyearbyen a convenient location to launch Arctic exploration.

The Library on the Pacific Princess is the most expansive we've seen aboard any recently visited ships. As the new ships grow larger facilities like this have given way to more accommodation. I'm particularly impressed by the open fire place and carved marble surrounds. Nice touch even if it isn't used in earnest.

Spent most of the afternoon dozing and watching TV in the stateroom. The ship continues to rock and shudder as she sails at 17.5 knots. There has been an announcement that the weather is expected to improve later tonight, it doesn't look promising at the moment. There's also a notice that due to our position the satellite connection for the Internet is likely to be unavailable or unreliable. Don't know when this will be posted.
Today's temperatures were a high of 8 °C and a low of 1 °C. No sunrise at and no sunset we are in 24 hour sunshine.

Tomorrow we'll be in Longyearbyen.

Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 05:47 Archived in Norway

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