Kangerlussuaq – Sondrestrom Fjord
2 knot winds
We 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).
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.
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.
364 litres of milk
700 bottles of juice
360 glasses of beer
680 rolls of toilet paper
2,850 nautical miles travelled