Published: September 9th 2011September 9th 2011
We sailed for Greenland and the captain said, "If you get sea sick take your tablets or get some from the reception".
It was a bit bumpy. only had the metal water bottles crash on to the floor but all well no need for the chicken bags.
Arrived at Skjoldunger Fjord plenty of Icebergs all sizes, and proceeded up till Thyrms Glacier, really spectacular, the ship being only 6000 tonnes could get within 200metres, we then piled into the zodiacs for a closer look plus the surrounding landscape, very much solid granite with this large geautiful glacier smack in the middle.
We continued on around the large island to I think it is called Princes Margariet Glacier and watched seval chumks of ice calved from it, eventually back into the open sea and down further to Prince Christian Sund, wow, spectacular cliffs either side, and finally stop at a small village called Augpilagtoq, small fishing village approx. 50 to 60 people, had a look around , they had some ish and seals they caught, and up into the shool about 12 students, there was a map of the world so put an Australian pin in the middle of Ozz. very isolated, they fish for there existince. Went into the shop, they sell everythng from groceries to rifles all on display, it as quite pretty with all the building in different colours and this magnificant view across the sound and the mountains. Temp, 4 to 6c deg. Once again lots of icegergs, all sizes and shapes.
Next morning we are at Qaqortaq, a large town some 3000 people. It is here where admin for the area is, hospital and education is based.
Once again there was skun seal plus huge salmon at the fish market, the own square has the only fountain in Greenland, a museum, general store, hotel and a lot of sculptures set round the area in the granite stones, one thing no trees, just low scrubby bushes. The views across the water to the mountains, just stunning, seam to be a lot of children, we saw 3 mums coming along the road, and 8 kids from about 3 to 4 years and younger, guess little to do but keep warm in those long cold nights.
Back on board and next stop in the mornig Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid), there is no shortage of food on board, it is like the little villages they are gettng all there animals, many sheep into barns and feed lots for the winter, on the ship i feel like I am in a feed lot being force fed ready for slaughter. At Brattahlid we once again walked around the town looking at all the touristy things, and this idea of painting all the houses different colours, the reason, in older imes it represented your trade, green, telecomunitation, blue plumber, green teacher and yellow doctor, these areas all are milti skilled, although fishing and farming thy also are the plumber, mechanic etc as well.
This is also the area Erik the Red came to as an outcast from Iceland and set up his farms, and the first Christian Churches were in North America.
After lunch a quiet stroll to the area of Igalika this became the religious heart of 12th century Greenland, quiet stroll low gradient, sure bloody 4 km and up to about 200metres high, boy did that get the heart rate up on this climb.
Last night we left for Canada and very calm as we moved through the Fjords but, into the open seaq and did we rock and roll, wow thing crahed around the place, after about 3 hours all semmed a lot calmer, just a gental swell of around 4 metres, that all from Green land, will try tosend some photos as well, wish me luck with my computer skills.
The system wilol not let me down load photos to the clog sight so will try to email.