It’s 6am, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Helsinki. In just a couple of hours, myself, a few other expedition members and 120 well-paying travelers will head to the airport, board a charter flight for Murmansk, bus to the Atomflot Nuclear Base where we will board the world’s only nuclear-powered passenger icebreaker vessel, bound for the North Pole on the first of three 10 day trips.
I will be the Expedition Photographer on board NS 50 Years of Victory for 5 weeks, 3 round trips from Murmansk to the North Pole. This morning it feels like the first day of school, I am full of nerves. I have come to feel at home on the MS Expedition, so venturing out to learn a new ship, a new team, a new itinerary is daunting.
Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, this ship will have no Internet connection so I will be radio silent for a while. I am hoping to get a bit of wifi on our first turnaround day in port on the 26th.
So here we go, to the Pole!
Photo by my friend and the MS Expedition’s newest Photographer in Residence, Reuben Hernandez.
I’m not carrying yet, but nearing my NRA certification to carry a rifle for polar bear protection. As someone who did not grow up around guns, and grew up in a very anti-gun family, it is beyond bizarre to spend a day at a firing range once a week shooting a 30.06 rifle. But you know, SKILL SETS, y’all.