My first day onboard Hurtigruten's MS Fram

Southern Fjords & Disko Bay – Glaciers and Ice – my first day onboard MS Fram

Southern Fjords & Disko Bay – Glaciers and Ice – first day onboard MS Fram

I had picked up my blue expedition jacket, familiarized myself with the ship, enjoyed the views of Reykjavik from the observation bar and it was time for dinner.

It was an open buffet this evening and it was nice meeting some of my fellow travellers.

We then had a compulsory safety drill followed by our first information lecture about Grundarfjörður. Before we could go any further, we had to learn how to pronounce the name of this fishing community. We were informed that everything was about fish, that there were only around 900 inhabitants and it was founded in 1786. We also got some insight to general Icelandic everyday life and historic facts.

MS Fram Hurtigruten

The expedition leader giving the lecture was also from this area, however she travelled to Greenland in her adolescent days and apparently forgot to go back home, hence Greenland has been her home for nearly 30 years.

The time was almost 9pm, still broad daylight outside and we set sail from Reykjavik. The vast majority of us stood outside on deck to admire the spectacular views of Harpa and the Hallgrimskirkja. We practically forgot how cold it actually was.

Later that evening our Hurtigruten Captain welcomed us onboard and introduced the staff and officers. We all had a glass of bubbles in hand toasting to a great adventure ahead.

One of the first things we were told was when you are on an expedition you must expect the unexpected. This was my first expedition voyage ever and to be honest, I did not really know what there was in store for us. I did not know it at the time, but there were definitely some unexpected events coming our way.