Crossing from Iceland to Greenland, we woke up to very smooth seas as we sailed the Greenland Strait. It has been a lovely day to enjoy National Geographic Explorer with beautiful views in the library and from the bow of the ship.

At 4:00 p.m., the hotel department and the galley prepared a very special teatime for us. We had Icelandic hotdogs, including crispy onions and the traditional mustard. We gathered for another delightful preparation by Chef Ivan Bardales as we looked out to the ocean and indulged ourselves.

One of the greatest privileges of exploring the world with Lindblad Expeditions is the opportunity to meet and share the voyage with special guest speakers from the regions where we travel. Joining us on this Edge of the Arctic Expedition is Thóra Arnórsdóttir and her daughter Nina. They shared experiences that amazed us, such as how moms put newborn children to sleep outside, even in the winter. Icelanders believe it is good for them and makes them stronger. They make sure to keep the babies warm with a lot of wool and that they are protected from the snow.

We learned a lot about the major pillars of Iceland: fishing, energy, and tourism. Thóra shared her grandfather’s story and how Iceland has drastically changed in the last century from one of the poorest countries in Europe to one of the wealthiest; it is on the top of the list for social equality. We were able to ask many questions and enjoyed great insights into the history and culture of Iceland. Only on a Lindblad ship can you find yourself having tea with a former presidential candidate!

Photo caption: Thóra Arnórsdóttir.