We had the morning to ourselves so we went down to the eider ducks again and it was a good move, the light was better. We also saw Svalbard reindeer and oh boy are they strange… our first reaction was, a goat?! They are stocky with short feet. Only the antlers are the same as our reindeer.
We also bought a bag of rice for our beanbags. My roommate had the same idea as I had, i.e. bring an empty beanbag and fill it on location. We weren’t sure if 2kg was sufficient, so we got big 5kg bag of rice which I then carried around in Longyearbyen and drew some wondering looks. And since you’re asking, yes there is pictorial evidence of me carrying the rice. We had the misfortune of bumping into our guides who of course needed to document the rice bag!
After lunch the whole group visited the Svalbard museum. It was a good museum but as always, I don’t quite have the patience for it so I looked at some selected items and then went out to search for a geocache. I spent over 30 mins on it, and couldn’t find it. Annoying. I really wanted to log a cache in Svalbard.
But then it was finally the time to go to our ship, M/S Stockholm. It’s a small ship and there’s only 11 of us in the group, plus 2 guides and the ship’s crew. A very familiar atmosphere from the start, it felt like this was going to be a great trip!