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Stop Over in Reykjavik (Iceland)
(June 1st - June 7th, 2008 )

June 6th, 2008, 20h00 UTC (Onboard time = UTC)

Yesterday night we had no connection. That's why we didn't send the log book of the 5th. We went for two days to discover the beauties of the southern part of Iceland. Geysir, glaciers, waterfalls, this country is amazing. We had a bad weather with rain but we enjoyed every moment, every landscape, every ray of light. The region where we spent the night was only accessible by crossing flooded streams. Luckily our Icelandic friends were in charge.
We should leave tomorrow, the prediction for the day are not so good, then we'll see.
We'll leave Iceland with big emotion but full of energy. About hospitality, Icelandic know what they are talking about.

Photo Delphine Maratier
Crossing flooded rivers in Iceland
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June 4th, 2008, 23h15 UTC (Onboard time = UTC)

Interview day. The whole crew met the minister of environment. Afterwards we went to the university where we met two scientist who told us a bit more about the energy in Iceland, the melting of glaciers and the protection of the environment.
In between, we were tugged away from the float because a violent wind from the side was threatening us to climb on the float.

Photo Delphine Maratier
The boat needed to be tugged off the dock
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June 3rd, 2008, 23h45 UTC (Onboard time = UTC)

The day was dedicated to the Geothermal energy. We went to visit a geothermal power plant and greenhouses. Iceland is self sufficient for its production of tomatoes, cucumbers and paprika. There is a lots more to tell about our day. Unfortunately the time is missing. We spend the whole day in shooting. When the team comes back onboard, "Southern Star" becomes a real postproduction studio. Editing, looking at the rushes, planning the day after... We start at 7h30 and stop at midnight.
We want to say a special thanks to Helga and Oli for their dedication and involment to our expedition. With them all doors are open.

Photo Delphine Maratier
Greenhouses in Iceland thanks to geothermal energy
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June 2nd, 2008, 21h20 UTC (Onboard time = UTC)

We're just coming back from a whale watching tour. Our motivation for this tour was not exactly the observation of cetaceans but more the electrical equipment of the boat herself.
Onboard there is an hydrogen cell who will permit to stop the usual generators for the need of electricity onboard. The interest for the ingeniors in charge of this project is to know how it will work with the salinity of the air and the movments of the boat in rough weather.
Before embarking onboard, we had an appointment with one of the persons in charge of another hydrogen project for car working 100% with hydrogen. This energy has a good potential in Iceland because Icelander can use geo thermal energy to create the hydrogen.

Photo Delphine Maratier
Will hydrogen become a valuable option?
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June 1st, 2008, 20h30 UTC (Onboard time = UTC)


Very windy today, lots of activities were cancelled. The french war ship "Tourville" is visiting Reykjavik downtown on their way back from Greenland and to Russia.


Crew members of the expedition at Reykjavik - Delphine Maratier
Crew members of the expedition,
first leg Tromso - Reykjavik
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