The cruise ship AIDAluna successfully docked in Reykjavík harbor yesterday with roughly 2,300 passengers onboard; most of the tourists onboard are German.
A cruiser off Reykjavík. The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.
The last time the AIDAluna attempted to dock at the Skarfabakki harbor in Reykjavík the wind speed reached 28 meters per second and the 52 passengers scheduled to embark the cruise ship had to be transported by Hafsúlan, a whale watching ship.
Yngvi Örn Stefánsson, the managing director of the Iceland Travel Assistance (ITA) told mbl.is that there had been some concern as to whether the AIDAluna could anchor in Reykjavík harbor, due to the smoke rising from a raging fire outside the local recycling company Hringrás in the Sundahöfn harbor on Monday night.
“The AIDAluna would not have docked in the harbor had the smoke drifted in its direction. It would have been the second time the cruise ship couldn’t anchor in the Reykjavík harbor,” he said.
The AIDAluna is one of the largest cruise ships that dock in Skarfabakki, weighing roughly 69,200 gross tons and measuring 255 meters in length.