Patience is a vital element of expedition travel. Awakening to dense fog with no land in sight, our hopes for a morning outing were postponed. Still, we knew the land about us was breathtaking and so we enjoyed the scenery while we waited for the sky to clear. Slowly, rivers of ice pouring from mountaintops showed themselves over glassy calm waters. Wijdefjord, a rarely traveled fjord, was incredible.

We took to our small boats to explore the flocks of birds, mountains of ice, and dramatic scenery that was now available to us. After the bravest of our ship took a polar plunge, we headed north knowing our patience was well worth it.