Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq

Today was the final day in Greenland we left the ship at 9am and headed to the airport. Our flight wasn’t until 5pm that evening so we left our luggage inside the terminal building and headed off to explore the town of Narsarsuaq. We began by taking our last hike on Greenland soil with a walk through the forest that surrounds the airport. Even though my week’s stay in Greenland only focused on a small area of this vast island…

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Ericksfjord and Brattahlid

Ericksfjord and Brattahlid

It was an early start today as we headed out on the Zodiacs on a cruise through the icebergs. The sun was already shining over the fjord as we began our cruise – although it was freezing cold flying along in the zodiacs. We were completely surrounded by icebergs of all shapes and sizes with shades of white and blue. We even saw one iceberg losing its balance and turning over in the crystal clear waters. We were also lucky…

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Unartoq Fjord – Puiattukulooq Bay and Eriksfjord

Unartoq Fjord – Puiattukulooq Bay and Eriksfjord

We awake on Day 6 to clear blue skies with a few clouds hanging over the high mountains that surround our current location. After breakfast we head out in the Zodiacs to the rocky coast. The waters are calm and they perfectly mirror the landscape of peaks, valleys, cliffs and icebergs. We land between the spectacular valleys of Narsarsuup Qaava and Akuliarusesuaq. As soon as we land we begin walking on this amazing landscape – trying to avoid the hundreds…

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Lichtenau, Unartoq Hot Springs and Vagar

Lichtenau, Unartoq Hot Springs and Vagar

We sailed through the night and in the morning we woke to a foggy day close to the small settlement of Lichtenau. After breakfast we took the zodiacs and landed on a sandy beach right in front of the settlement. The village was founded ¬†by Moravian missionaries in 1744 and the origional church is still intact and open to visitors. The area had been previously occupied by Thule inuits and a small Norse community. Today Lichtenau is home to just…

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Qaqortoq and Hvalsey

Qaqortoq and Hvalsey

Today we woke up docked in the town of Qaqortoq. It is the biggest town in South West Greenland and the capital of Kujalleq, one of the provinces of Greenland. After breakfast I headed ashore and explored what Qaqortoq has to offer. First stop was the tourist information¬†office, which has a large selection of souvenirs, maps and postcards. I decided to take the opportunity to buy some postcards and stamps and went outside to a small seating area to write…

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Qalerallit Imaa Fjord and Glaciers

Qalerallit Imaa Fjord and Glaciers

After spending a quiet night at anchor in Qalerallit Imaa Fjord we set sail towards one of the three glacier branches that dominates the head of the Fjord. The landscape was completely different from the scenery that we had previously witnessed. Lush green farmland and fields were replaced with rocks and ice. Again we were so lucky with the weather as the sun shone over the heavily glaciated area. After breakfast the zodiacs were prepared and we jetted off to…

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Eriksfjord, Gardar and sailing to Qalerallit Imaa Fjord

Eriksfjord, Gardar and sailing to Qalerallit Imaa Fjord

After a surprisingly good nights sleep I woke to a beautiful warm and sunny day – not what I was expecting from Greenland. I don’t think I’m going to need my thermals, scarf and bobble hat! We spent the night anchored in the still waters of Itilleq Bay and this mornings itinerary included a short trip to the beach jetty at Itilleq followed by a 4km hike to the former Norse settlement of Gardar. After a very hearty buffet breakfast…

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South Greenland Adventure

South Greenland Adventure

After a short flight from Reykjavik I arrived into Narsarsuaq on the Northern Shores of Eriksfjord. Narsarsuaq village is based around the airport, which was built in 1942 by the US Military, but now only Commercial jets land there and it is the main gateway to Southern Greenland. The airbase was used extensively during the Second World War providing a stepping stone for US planes on their way to Europe. It was also used by US Military during the Korean…

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