Well I thought Greenland couldn’t get any better but the last day in Ilulissat which involved perfect weather the night before and in the very early morning as we cruised past magnificent icebergs proved me wrong.
On arrival in port we tendered off the ship and I walked the boardwalk which took me to the icefjord – bizarrely, considering we were now in the arctic Circle it was probably the warmest it had been – and the walk was certainly worthwhile.
Then as we sailed away from Greenland for the last time we had spectacular light and icebergs – including one that was calving (breaking off in parts”). Wow.
I’m going to miss this place but also excited to be heading for northern Canada – hope to see some wildlife there.
As we head north into the Arctic circle we are stopping off at various points along the way.
Parmiut is a tiny town with a lovely Danish designed church (Greenland is autonomous but is also part of the Danish realm and receives a lot of financial support from them) and a great museum about life in Greenland and the locals were happy to chat about their history and lifestyle.
Then on to Nuuk – the capital of Greenland with a population of 17000 which is growing rapidly as more people move there from the remote towns – so lots of construction going on there. Some more attractive than others. We were lucky to have a sunny and warmish day so I took the opportunity to walk all around the town. Another cool church -and the “mother of the sea “statue which becomes totally submerged when the tide is in. The yellow and White House is the main meeting hall where important events are held.
Saw this lovely husky on a walk and also the not so lovely whale meat at the fish market! Below right – is the wabi sabi style cultural centre.
After walking round the town I took a yellow water taxi tour through the fjords in search of icebergs and waterfalls. I was not disappointed. Spectacular
Greenlandic is not an easy language to write let alone speak.
This was my first time on one of Seabourn’s zodiacs for a one hour journey to a remote island to visit some Norse ruins. Even though it is August it is quite chilly especially if on open water so the first challenge of using the zodiacs is the delightful get up – basically a step inside one piece under which you wear every piece of clothing you own and over which you wear a heavy life vest with heavy duty carbon containers should you hit the water. A definite Michelin man effect as you can see.
Once in the zodiac though the fun begins with the first order of the day being to chase icebergs and if you are lucky to find the sun shining on them! We were lucky.
This is what being on a zodiac is like. Large ones take 14 and the small ones 8.
Then onto the very remote island to check out the Norse ruins and learn what they know about the people who lives here. Most males were Vikings from Norway etc while many females were Irish/Scottish – slaves who had been addicted en route to Iceland and Greenland.
In the afternoon I took the tender to the town of Qaqortoq. So many pretty coloured houses – think I will be seeing a lot more of those on this trip.
After being thwarted in our attempts to disembark onto Haimey Island in Iceland (due to rough waters) I was ready to move on and and get ready to experience Greenland. Another new country for me and officially the coldest one in the world.
It’s great to be back on Seabourn Quest and now I’m starting to know some of the staff. So far we’ve had both a sashimi (big slabs of tuna and salmon) plus a caviar evening as we cruised through Prins Christian Sund. Spectacular scenery at every turn culminating in a finals stretch of magnificent (and menacing) mountain peaks.