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North America » Greenland » South Greenland » Narssarssuaq August 29th 2019

Het is nog geen jaar geleden dat Facebook mij de suggestie deed om lid te worden van de ‘Arctic Circle Trail-groep’. Mijn interesse was gewekt en ik kwam erachter dat deze trail zich in Groenland bevindt. Oké, bij Groenland denk ik aan dure georganiseerde reizen, maar je kunt er dus ook prima op eigen houtje naar toe. Als je van lopen houdt en het geen probleem vindt om in het wild te kamperen, hoeft zo’n reis niet eens zo heel veel meer te kosten dan je vliegticket en een enkele overnachting met bed en douche in de bewoonde wereld. Wel handig om voor het westen en zuiden van Groenland te kiezen, tenzij je graag op het menu van de ijsbeer wilt staan. Zo vertrok ik dus richting het sfeerloze, lelijke Kangerlussuaq, dat aan het begin van ... read more
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North America » Greenland » South Greenland August 27th 2019

August 26, 2019 – Scenic Cruising of Prince Christian Sound, Greenland – Weather: 39°F/3°C, sky clear and sunny, wind 5.8 mph inside the sound, humidity 55° This morning we cleared the storm that had buffeted us all day and night yesterday. As we approached the south-eastern entrance of the sound the sky was clear with the sun shining and warming us even though there was still a stiff cold (39°F/3°C) breeze flowing over the deck. The crew had opened the starboard hatchway leading to the viewing area on the bow and the breeze rushed into the ship refreshingly chilling everyone on the fourth deck. As with our passage through the sound back on August 8ththe Captain took a leisurely pace of 5 to 10 knots with several stops along the way to get in close to ... read more
2_Resident bergs
3_Ice and rock!
4_Ice meets the sea

North America » Greenland » South Greenland » Qaqortoq August 27th 2019

August 27, 2019 – Qaqortoq, Greenland– Weather: 39°F/3°C @ 7:00 am, 48°F/9°C 2 noon, partly cloudy, wind 5.8 mph, humidity 55° Today’s port of call is Qaqortoq, Greenland situated on an island along Greenland’s southern coast. Originally, we were to have stopped here on the outward journey back on August 7thbut the itinerary changed and the stop was moved twenty days on to today. The name Qaqortoq, which means “white”, aptly describes the landscape that is dotted with outcroppings of white granite. Originally settled by the Vikings the current settlement was founded by Danish and Norwegian colonists in 1775. Today approximately 3,000 inhabitants call Qaqortoq home. Situated along the shores of a natural harbour the town stretches up from the shore and into the surrounding mountains. Colorful houses and other bui... read more
2_Smaller ship at pier
3_About half our size
4_Colorful town

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Ilulissat August 22nd 2019

Today Jan gave us a walking tour of Ilulissat. It drizzled for awhile but stopped after about an hour. First we went to the harbor. Ilulissat exports supposedly 75% of the world's market for shrimp. They also hunt whales here, but tourism seems to be a large industry. Temperature today low to mid 40's. From Wikipedia: Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is the municipal seat and largest town of the Avannaata municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350 km (220 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. With the ... read more
Notice harpoon gun
Walk to Open Air Museum
Sledges

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Ilulissat August 21st 2019

Today we had to leave Eqi Glacier camp. The boat does a round trip: it picks up people in Ilulissat and brings them here, spends about 1-2 hours viewing the glacier calving, then comes to the dock to drop people off at Eqi Glacier camp. The people that are leaving Eqi Glacier Camp get on board and travel back to Ilulissat. Our pickup time was approximately 3 p.m. The boat also supplies the staff there with food, beer, wine, soda, alcohol, and whatever else they need to run the place. I talked to one of the staff today and he said they arrived May 21 to do some work on the place, and the first visitors were June 21. They continue to get guests till early September, then they winterize the place and leave. He said ... read more
Greenland bird prints
Feather in the tundra
Mushroom

North America » Greenland » West Greenland August 20th 2019

After breakfast we hiked to the lateral moraine where there is an excellent viewing area of the glacier. The roundtrip distance is about 7.5 miles. Two of the researchers passed me on the way up and they had a drone. More on this later. I was able to sit in front of the glacier for 2 hours just watching pieces calving off. It was difficult to take a video because by the time I turned the video on the piece had already fallen into the fjord. The pieces just kept falling off and the location moved around so you could never guess where the next one would happen. The boat we came out on yesterday showed up today to give their passengers a view of the calving and the boat looked so small. Good to have ... read more
Eqi Glacier in morning sun
Hike to the lateral moraine
Trail

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Ilulissat August 19th 2019

Last night I went to an amazing concert at the Cultural Center. An orchestra from Denmark had been here a week doing friendship teaching with musicians in Nuuk. The frustrating part about the concert was not understanding a word that was said. A woman introduced each piece of music and also 2 special guests (mayor of Nuuk and mayor of city in Denmark). The conductor spoke in Danish about something, then back to the woman speaking in Greenlandic. The first 2 pieces had the interns playing with the orchestra, then the rest of the concert was by the Danish orchestra. There was also a male and female singer. I can't upload the video to this blog because I have the basic version of the blog and they don't allow uploads of videos. Today we left Nuuk ... read more
Our plane
Helicopter that Prime Minister of Denmark arrived on
Woman in native outfit

North America » Greenland » West Greenland August 19th 2019

I haven't had Wi-Fi or cell phone service for a few days. We were in a remote camp. https://goo.gl/maps/ucvyVQ48DPQXxDVP7 Today we left Ilulissat to go on the boat that would take us to Eqi Glacier. The boat was quite full of people, some just out for the day and some like us who will stay at the Ice Camp. The boat trip took 3 ½ hours and we traveled up the fjord towards the Glacier. We passed so many icebergs – all sizes, all shapes, all textures. I took so many pictures and videos of the icebergs. As we approached the Glaciers the icebergs got bigger – I mean huge, as big as an aircraft carrier. At one point we went through this ice mush to get further up the fjord. There are 2 glaciers at ... read more
Map of route boat took
Too many iceberg photos
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North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Nuuk August 17th 2019

Our little group had different things to do today. John and Sheila had prebooked a boat trip that would go up the fjord, catch fish, go to a country restaurant and cook the fish they caught. Nick, Angela, and I did not sign up for that trip because it was expensive. Nick and Angela are amazing hikers and decided to hike the high peak behind town. My knee is still a little sore from the fall I took a few days ago, so I only want to do a short hike. Jan suggested we take the #1 bus which would give us a good overview of how Nuuk had expanded drastically since the 90's. We all took the bus, and Nick & Angela got off to do their hike. The rest of us did the loop, ... read more
The lake
The peak Nick & Angela are hiking to
Area near the lake

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Nuuk August 16th 2019

Greenland is not for sale no matter what Trump thinks. The Danes got a good laugh out of that one. This morning our ship arrived in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. From Wikipedia: Nuuk (Greenlandic pronunciation: , Danish: ; Danish: Godthåb) is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It is the seat of url=https://e... read more
Whale meat
Blubber
Reindeer meat




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