It is 24-hour day light in the Arctic, though I have noticed that after 2 am or so the glow of the sun dims a bit. Today morning it was bit foggy but cleared up very soon.
The day on the ship begins very early.Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 8.30, lunch at 11.30 and supper at 5.30. One has to adjust to the rythm other you would miss a meal. The coast guard crew is stickler for rules. You cant be late for an appointment with them. I, along with a few others who came onboard this week, were given a familiarisation tour of the ship which included an extensive safety drill. We had to actually wear evacuation suits, and were made to sit in a life boat, as part of this drill. It was not just a formality. The same with the helicopter safety lessons.
Enjoyed my day out in the ice today - went out twice with scientists. You are not allowed to go out of the ship at your will. The names of all those going out are notified in advance and they have to stick to their respective time schedule.
That's it for today [Friday]....