Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
September 12, 2007
As the map illustrates, we take a shortcut through a fjord called Prins Christian Sund. It is 55 miles long. Although the graphic gives the illusion that it travels through on a straight line it was really quite zig zaggy. We enter the fjord at 8:27am and slowly make our way through the cavernous fjord before leaving at 3:13pm. The sights were spectacular as well as some unexpected surprises along the way.
The following photos will serve to give you an overview of some of them. The weather was overcast with light drizzle and a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the distance we can see the opening into the fjord. Although it is over 100 feet deep there are many rocks that jut upward through the surface as well as floating icebergs.
The opening becomes more evident as we approach. As we get nearer we can see a weather outpost that is manned by a half dozen people all year -- Ikearrasassuaq weather station. (If you think it is hard to spell the name, try pronouncing it.)
This certainly looks like a lonely desolate outpost similar to the southern tip of South America.
An hour later we find ourselves arriving at the first of many glaciers -- Sermeq Kajatleq Glacier -- the southernmost point of the Greenland ice cap.
The captain held our position and sent a tender closer to the iceberg for photos.
After a brief pause we continue on our way.
A short distance away we see another arm of the glacier.
We were very surprised to find a lone fisherman.
At 11:00am we arrive at Kangerdluk Glacier.
Glacier ice is blue due to the high compression of the snow and ice that it is made up of. The dirt on the ice may have originated hundreds of miles away as the glacier scraped the ground as it moved along.
The glacier on the above left and the close-up is called a hanging glacier because it doesn't make its way to the water.
We again are surprised to see more fishermen traveling in the fjord. The area seemed to be so desolate as there are no roads. The only access to this area is by boat or helecopter.
This time we are greeted by a couple of seal hunter making their way to their village. We would come upon it in about a half hour. Note that there are three seals hanging on the sides of their boat. As our narrator said, "Don't feel sorry for the seals. There are over 30,000 seals in the fjord. Their whole village will have a feast tonight."
We pass a number of icebergs. These are about the size of a school bus.
As we round a corner we come upon a lonely fishing village whose population numbers about 600.
Outside visitors are a rarity for them. Our ship, as do others who make the transatlantic transition from Europe to Canada, only does it in the fall and spring.
We begin the last leg of our journey to the ocean about 10 miles away.
As we approach the exit to the fjord we see another hanging glacier in the distance.
As we turn around a bend there was the open ocean greeting us. Looking back we catch a last glimpse of what has been a grand adventure.
As we leave the fjord we are greeted with a huge iceberg ahead as big as a house.
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