Aurora, June 2011
This is one of the most memorable cruises we have enjoyed. It’ s the furthest north I’ve been! The scenery is simply spectacular and we were so lucky with the sunshine.
Locals, scientists mostly, told us that this was the warmest day of the year so far. I bet they monitor the weather closely on what has to be one of the most remote islands on the planet. It has the potential to become an inhospitable place in seconds, I’m sure.
Few people live here all year round – the population increases dramatically in Summer months, notwithstanding the 80-odd visits by cruise liners a year.
You can walk round the settlement, and on one of the tracks leading out of town, there is a warning sign – not to go further without a gun. Now there’s a thought to mull over your G&T before the excellent meal being prepared back on board.