The Arctic Cruise we went on in the summer of 2008 was truly memorable for so many reasons. It was our first time on the cruise ship Prinsendam on a very interesting route which began from Dover, England. We stayed in Dover for a few days and celebrated our wedding anniversary there before boarding the cruise ship which took us to Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen and Alesund in Norway, Akureyri, Isafjorður and Reykjavik in Iceland, Qaqortoq and Nuuk in Greenland, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, back to Edinburgh in Scotland before finishing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
We met so many interesting people on this cruise, enjoyed all the activities on the ship and of course, the excursions at the various ports of call. Crossing the Arctic Circle was a historic once-in-a-lifetime event for us and cruising the fjords was simply exciting.
The magic was yet to come.
Heading towards Qaqortoq in Greenland, our ship cruised the 55-mile long fjord called the Prins Christian Sund. While we busied ourselves with photography of the many icebergs we saw for the first time in our lives, nothing could’ve prepared us for what we were about to see next.
The gigantic iceberg that presented itself was the most magnificent creation I had ever seen so close up front. It was like a floating arch to somewhere magical. I have no words to describe it. Only our photographs captured the magic we felt as our ship sailed slowly by it. Leaving it further and further behind, melting more and more as it floated along in the Arctic summer. To eventually disappear in the cool of the turquoise waters of the Arctic Ocean.
If there was ONE image that encapsulated our Arctic Cruise, it was the one of this iceberg.
We call it the Gate to the North Pole and decided to make it one of our entries in the Qatar Airways Reflections Photo Contest and we think its going to be a winner – with your help.
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