Monday, September 26

Kangerlussuaq – Sondrestrom Fjord
66°57’N  50°57’W
-3°C
2 knot winds

Sept.26_2.jpgWe anchored at the head of Sondrestrom Fjord. Bags are packed and left outside our cabin doors to be picked up and delivered to the dock where we’ll catch the tour bus to Kangerlussuaq (population 515).

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This little bird (a purple something, I forget) is a rare sight. It paused on the zodiac while we were waiting to take passengers ashore.

The folks going to the ice cap were the first to disembark. The rest of us take our last zodiac ride, remove our life jackets and stick them in the big blue bag, before getting on the bus for the Tundra Tour.

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Last zodiac ride

I’ve been on the tundra tour twice, and was glad I could decline it this time. The bus drives up the silt roads to the top of the mountain opposite the town. It’s really beautiful, with amazing views, but I’m chicken about heights and not keen that the road up the mountain is close to the edge. However, the neat thing about the tour is seeing the Greenland ice cap in the distance.

Anyhow, the bus dropped me off near the airport and I tromped around the two gift shops in town, then met up with other staff hanging out at the airport. Before we knew it, we were hauling our luggage from the parking lot into the airport, standing in line to check it and get boarding passes, then finding our seats on the plane, and taking off for Toronto. From there, I caught the flight to Ottawa. Joe was waiting for me at the bottom of the escalator with flowers. Awww….

It was a remarkable voyage through the Northwest Passage. I think the inclement and rough weather really gave everyone a real appreciation for the Arctic. The climate may be changing and making it easier to get into the Arctic, but it still dictates travel in those northern waters.

It is an incredible place to visit, and I’m already looking forward with  excitement to going up North again.

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AC staff at our last wake up call staff meeting

Trip Stats
151 passengers
34 staff
100 crew
1,000 cookies
364 litres of milk
700 bottles of juice
360 glasses of beer
680 rolls of toilet paper
2,850 nautical miles travelled

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About Season Osborne

I am a writer with a passion for Arctic history. After finding a photo of Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, who claimed the Arctic for Canada in 1909, I was inspired to write my master’s thesis on Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty. This ultimately led to extensive research into Canadian and ‘foreign’ expeditions to the North, which morphed into my recent book, In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912.
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