The days passed by fairly quickly with so much to do. There were lectures, Tai Chi classes, helicopter rides, evening films, a tour of the engine room and an evening BBQ on deck.
There was an auction night with the main item - a hand-illustrated map with our course and signed by the crew and team sold for $26,000. Jan made the auction more into a comedy show – it was very entertaining and raised over $48,000 for the Polar Bear conservation.
Of course, I have to mention the fantastic food created by the Austrian kitchen team. We dined on gourmet meals for two weeks – time to find the gym!
Polar Bear Biology
Introduction to Geology and Geological Time – 4,600,000,000 years in under 1 hour
The Spirit and Mechanics of Photography
The Agony & Ecstasy – The ups and downs of Bird Watching
A Geographical Introduction to the Arctic
The Greatest Explorer in the North – Fridtjof Nansen
Photography – Exposure
Introducing Eclipses: the Greatest Celestial Coverup
Behind the scenes of Planet Earth
The Race to the North Pole
Recap of our voyage so far and briefing for arrival to the North Pole
Wandering Continents, Spreading Apart p Plate Techtonics and the Forming of the Arctic
Photography – Shutter Speed and Depth of Field
Polar Bear status and conservation
The Sun – Our Star in Reality, Myth, History and Art
Early Navigation and Longitude
Franz Josef Land – the Final Frontier
Plants of the Arctic
Behind the Scenes on The Blue Planet
Recap and Briefing on Franz Josef Land
Enjoy the Eclipse
Poles Apart… Why are there Polar Bears at the North Pole and Penguins at the South Pole
Photography and video workshop ready for the eclipse
Polar Bears on thin ice!
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate. Structure of the Atmosphere, Air Masses, Extreme
Climates and the Aurora
The North West Passage
Eclipse & North Pole Sea Chart
Arctic Tales: Mutiny, Murder and Mayhem
Henry Hudson, Elisha Kent Kane & Chartles