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This morning the James Clark Ross headed for Norway,  in particular the southern Pilot Station to Tromso,  in order to collect the rest of the science team for the Arctic Cruise.  A slow approach was made,  although there was about 400m of water in the fjord,  and once in position the M/S SkaaskjŠr came out with twelve persons and their luggage.

Norway this morning.  This view looks very moody with the clouds over the mountains,  if you looked in the other direction then it was clear mountains and sunshine.  Generally the weather has been good today,  although first thing this morning it was a bit on the chilly side,  but then we were at nearly 70║N.

The view to starboard (previous pic was to port) and it is very different.  The sea was a bit choppy this morning as we approached the land,  but on the plus side we were getting excellent mobile phone coverage and as we have not yet exited the EU were benefiting from no roaming charges.  A win win situation!

This is,  I think,  Hilles°y,  the name taken from the chart and from where our new passengers were collected.

Dotted around the coastline on our approach were a number of lovely looking houses,  and in this case I think a lighthouse.  Some nice HF antennas on the hill behind it too.  There did not appear to be a road to here but there was a boathouse and slipway.

The M/S SkaaskjŠr  coming alongside us this morning.  This was a lovely little boat and it had excellent handling.  The journey from the shore was not too long,  although those joining did have to leave Tromso earlier for the drive to Hilles°y,  which I think took over an  hour.

The final picture is of the Norwegian coast,  which we are following up to the top end,  and will be stopping at about 19:00 at the first science station,  B1,  which is marked on the Dartcom satellite images.

My communications satellite is starting to slip lower to the horizon,  much like a setting sun,  and this evening the elevation above the horizon was about 5║,  and the course being steered was not well suited with the Main Mast getting in the way from time to time.  This means that the quality of our connection has been up and down throughout the afternoon and will,  from this point onwards,  only get worse until eventually we won't be able to see it at all.

On the wildlife front there seem to be numerous birds following us just now  and in the early hours of this morning some killer whales were sighted in the distance.

One of our science team is writing a blog and it can be viewed HERE.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report Thursday, 12 October 2017 

Latitude: 69░ 58 N
Longitude: 017░ 15 E
Bearing: 2 ░T, 24 Nm from Tromso
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 183
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 22.5
Total Steam Time: 160.5
Average Speed: 8.1
Total Average Speed: 9.0
Wind: Direction SW, Force 3
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 8.1 ░C Sea Temp: 10.1 ░C
Pressure: 1011 Tendency (3hrs): Steady


Mike Gloistein
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