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 I have hiked ice glaciers, farm land, mountains and now a forest.
After the hike we descended back to the town and separated into smaller groups to explore. A few of us headed to the Blue Ice Cafe for a drink and a snack. Blue Ice is more than just a cafe it is the official tourist information centre in Narsarsuaq. They sell day trips and boat tickets and if you have bought one of their package tours you come here for a briefing on your tour. It is also possible to relax inside browsing through the library or meeting other travellers. As it was such a beautiful day we sat in the sunshine outside the café, admiring the views and watching the world go by.
Next door to the Blue Ice Cafe is the Narsarsuaq Museum. In 1941 the first Americans arrived in Narsarsuaq to build an airport. The base was called Blue West One and served as an intermediate landing place for war planes crossing over the Atlantic to take part in battles against the Germans. The first planes landed in the spring of 1942, and during the Second World War several thousand planes landed into Narsarsuaq. Blue West One played a very important part in World War Two and it contributed to the victory of the Allied Forces in 1945. The museum tells the story of this period through a large collection of pictures and original items from the base, which was operational between 1941 and 1958. The museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia and gives a fascinating insight in to how the servicemen and their families lived on this remote corner of the world.
All too soon it was time to make our way to the airport for our flight to Reykjavik and my Greenland Adventure was over. Greenland offers spectacular scenery, stunning landscapes, important historical monuments and the most wonderful people. It is a very unique destination and one that I hope to visit again.