Fred's Logbook


Date / Time: 2011-08-04 16:39:31Voyage from: to ETA:
Fred's foster-parent:
Name:National Geographic Explorer Crew

Fred's vessel:
Vesselname:MS National Geographic Explorer
Flag: Bahamas
IMO No.:8019356
Vesseltype:Expedition Passenger Ship
Length:112 m
Beam:16,5 m

We spent the day on board the ship, heading further north, keeping our eyes peeled to the surrounding area in search for wildlife. During dinner we dropped anchor just a few meters off of Cape Norway on Jackson Island.

Cape Norwegia

I quickly finished my meal and went ashore, visiting one of the most important historic sites of Franz-Josef-Land. It was here where the two Norwegians Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen finally reached land in 1895. They were part of an expedition on the Fram, trying to reach the Geographic North Pole. But the ship got trapped in the ice. The two men started making their way across the ice in search of land – and help. By the time they reached Jackson Island winter was however coming up and Nansen and Johansen started setting up a sparse shelter for themselves to survive the cold and dark months. Rescue finally came later in 1896. We celebrated our landing at this significant spot with Glögg, a Swedish version of Glühwein, which was served by our Hotel Manager Henrik and Provision Master Chris (very tasty!!!). ;-)

Me and Yelena

At the F. Nansen & H. Jackson plaque

Having Glögg with Chris