Our journey across the Atlantic to Tristan has been exciting. The winds were on our side, getting us across quicker than anticipated, however the weather was not looking favourable for an early arrival at Tristan, and therefore we had to slow down. The maritime crew worked hard, checking the weather daily to anticipate a day that may allow for us to disembark onto the island.
We eventually arrived at Tristan the morning of the 22nd, however the seas were still a little to rough to tender over to the island. We waited anxiously, and got word the morning of the 23rd, we would be able to set foot on the most remote inhabited island in the world.
Upon arrival on the island, we were warmly greeted by Dawn and the people from the harbour and tourism department. We were shown up to the post office and tourism centre, where many people choose to purchase some hand knit wool socks and beanies while we waited for everyone to tender onto the island.
Six students from the local school St. Mary’s joined us for the day. We began our day with a Q&A session with Dawn and the students learning about what it is like to grow up, and live on the most remotely settled island. They taught us about the volcanic eruption of 1961, and what it was like to evacuate the island.
After the Q&A we then headed up to the 1961 lava flow, and climbed up to a heat vent. It was really cool to feel the heat coming out of the earth, while learning about where the lava extended the shoreline taking out parts of the settlement as it went.
The afternoon was spent as free shore leave, with some students making friends with locals, learning more about what it is like to live on the island. Others went for a walk to the potato patches and some were lucky enough to see the Northern Rockhopper Penguins.
Overall it was a great day and we are all very thankful to have had the opportunity to meet some of the friendliest people on the most remotely settled island on the planet.