Boarding the ship “Expedition” the next day, (I shuffled to it) other passengers were a mix of retired couples and younger lone travellers. We all wondered would we see seals, whales, polar bears, reindeer, the Arctic Fox? When will we see the puffins? Will we walk on glaciers? Who will do the polar plunge? What…no internet?!?!
Eight days without sunset, without mobile signals, without civilisation. And yet out in that wilderness of the unforgiving Arctic environment, it was the most civilised refuge on Earth as various nationalities of all ages shared expectations, emotions and experiences.We were to sail northward from our last outpost of remote civilisation toward the wilderness of the frozen polar ice cap.