Cabotage in the North Atlantic #1 – Boarding in Reykjavik

Originally built to transport vehicles, the “Ocean Diamond” has been transformed into a polar expedition boat and offers a complete tour of Iceland. – Credit:Exceptional Travel

Aarrival in Reykjavik, capital and gateway to Iceland: “More than 230,000 inhabitants for a country of 370,000 inhabitants, almost the equivalent of Dijon and its agglomeration…” The cruise hasn’t really started yet when Sylvain, a naturalist guide, ornithologist, takes the microphone during the bus journey from the airport to the port. He points out the strong luminosity of the sky, even on this day of bad weather, comments on the graceful flight of an arctic tern, draws attention to the blue lupins, these plants imported from Alaska which abound on the edges of the road, and points out that the vegetation is often very low on this volcanic land: “What does an Icelander do when he is lost in the forest? he asks the already conquered assembly. ” He wakes up ! It’s hard to find a better expert and friendlier travel companion than this fanatic for polar destinations, with more than thirty years of expeditions on the clock. Sparkling gaze, graying hair, binoculars and camera slung over his shoulder, always on the lookout for the cries of birds, he is the worthy grandson of Albert Mahuzier, explorer and co-founder of filmed conferences knowledge of the world with Haroun Tazieff, Jacques-Yves Cousteau…

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The yellow Nordurgardi lighthouse in Reykjavik harbour. © Ian Good / Alamy Stock Photo / https://www.alamy.com / Alamy Stock Photo

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