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Eldey - Almost Iceland

Eldey - Almost Iceland

10 miles south of Iceland

Reindeer's 1976 Transatlantic Crossing

Blog Entry #15

Reindeer approaching Eldey - home of largest gannet population in the world. Once was the home of the extinct Great Auk. 

June 26: Reached along at 8 knots. Wind around 30 knots. Not bad. Doing fine. Sighted land at 1600. It was Eldey, an islet of the largest gannet colony in the world. Chart shows a few sunkers around. Kept a close watch.
— Reindeer's ship log

I can remember the excitement and relief when we sighted Eldey. No more storms to endure was my first thought. Not sure why I thought (more wishful thinking) that just nearing land would somehow persude the weather gods to give Reindeer some relief, was what a 26-year-old thinking. After 10 days of constantly holding onto anything stable and steady during my waking and sleeping hours riding a rollercoaster, I was ready for some relief.  

My second thought was how impressed I was in Newbold's navigation skills especially after 1600 nautical miles, across open ocean four hurricane-strength storms and a 7-hour hove-to Reindeer must have been blown off course many times, but somehow we found our way here. Again, my respect for Newbold grew. Especially since he was navigating before an era of GPS. My third and fourth thoughts were Reykjavik Iceland and a shower and dry bed couldn't be too far away!

 Eldey a mile from  Reindeer

Eldey a mile from Reindeer

Eldey is a small island about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland. Located west-southwest of Reykjavík, the island of Eldey covers an area of about 3 hectares (7.4 acres), and rises to a height of 77 metres (253 ft). Its sheer cliffs are home to large numbers of birds, including one of the largest Northern Gannet colonies in the world, with around 16,000 pairs. This colony can now be watched live via two webcams that are located on top of the island.. The island formerly supported a large population o Great Auk after they moved there from Geirfuglasker following a volcanic eruption in 1830. When the colony was discovered in 1835, nearly fifty birds were counted. Museums, desiring the skins of the auk for preservation and display, quickly began collecting birds from the colony. The last pair, found incubating an egg, were killed there in July 1844, with Jón Brandsson and Sigurður Ísleifsson strangling the adults and Ketill Ketilsson smashing the egg with his boot. 
— From Wikipedia:
 Images of the Great Auk - no photos were ever taken because mankind killed all of them before cameras were invented.  The story of the Great Auk's extinction.  

Images of the Great Auk - no photos were ever taken because mankind killed all of them before cameras were invented. The story of the Great Auk's extinction. 

Reindeer in Reykjavik

Reindeer in Reykjavik

Sunk in Denial

Sunk in Denial