First 24h in Greenland

We made it! All of us are in Greenland! The Swedish party gathered in Copenhagen on Monday morning to take off at 9am. I actually nearly missed that flight… For the first time, I had to fly with two different companies that do not have an agreement to pass my checked-in suitcase from one to another. And at 8:15, I was still waiting for said delayed suitcase to arrive, to then re-check it in another terminal. Long story short, a massive thank you to the anonymous airport lady who dealt with my suitcase while I ran to the other terminal and through security! Less than five hours later, around 10am local time, we were in our accommodation in Kangerlussuaq, free to do whatever we want until Wednesday morning.

Obviously, after a bit of unpacking, our jetlagged stomachs had us go for lunch. There are two “restaurants” in Kangerlussuaq, and one of them is the airport café, and its great view over the surprisingly busy runway, as well as this sign:

This way to North Pole

This way to North Pole

Then after lunch, it finally sunk in that we are in Greenland (!!!), so Jari, Rob (English technician from Abisko) and I went for a walk. Twenty five kilometres later, I have learnt three things about Greenland, or at least Kangerlussuaq surroundings:

  • it is green! It must be quite windy, for we did not see any trees, but we did walk through bright green grass, blueberry bushes and bluebells.
  • it is incredibly quiet. As soon as we move slightly away from the airport, not a noise can be heard. The occasional strange bird sound or tiny tourist plane engine as they fly above you, but that’s it.
  • the weather changes really rapidly. Once we walked back to the other people, we also learnt that it is highly localised: the light rain that we had was a proper downpour on the other side of town.
This is Greenland. Some ice (THE ice cap?) in the blue circle, and some rain on the left

This is Greenland. Some ice (THE ice cap?) in the blue circle, and some rain on the left

The American party was just landing when we arrived back at our accommodation. Between our jetlag and their travel tiredness, we did not really catch up that much, but it sounds like this is what we will do today Tuesday. Although it’s quite sunny so far, so I could do with another walk while we can (on the ship, we can’t really walk apart from up and down the stairs). For tomorrow, the real adventure begins, starting with a morning flight on board that:

Watching the crew take off to see (and hear!) what we will fly with tomorrow

Watching the crew take off to see (and hear!) what we will fly with tomorrow

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