Monday, 20 July 2009

Uummannaq and Ukkusissat

Uummannaq lies 570 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Our time in Uummannaq is filled with options like hiking to Santa Claus's House, boat excursions to the desert and walking around the very picturesque town. Many of us chose the challenging hike to Santa's hut on Spraglebugten Bay. Children in Greenland and Denmark grow up believing that Santa lives in the small turf hut which was built for a Danish television show.

When we arrived to Santa's house we were surprised to have coffee and hot chocolate delivered by sea! Those of us that did not have the energy for the return hike, rode back in the comfort of the Polar Cirkle boats.

At about 17:00 we lifted anchor and departed for Ukkusissat, our second landing of the day. We welcomed the people from the tiny town on board the Fram where we were treated to folk dancing, singing and a showing of their traditional clothing. At about 21:00 we went on shore to visit the small community. In the town hall we were treated by the local people to coffee and cake.

The people of Ukkusissat are always warm, friendly and very welcoming. The children are always evident and interact with us with ease. It really is a great cultural experience.

Uummannaq and Ukkusissat make for a very full day and a very rewarding day!