Saturday, 18 June 2011

We Have a Great Group On Board Fram

We have a great group of passengers.  The weather had turned during the night. Gone were our  clear blue skies.  Gone was the Mediterranean feeling for which Greenland is famous!    ;^)  
Instead the sky was completely overcast and the temperature (with wind chill) at 08:15 was a brisk -1˚C.  B-r-r-r.  But I didn't hear one complaint, or one person lamenting the lack of sunshine.  Instead people were talking about the nice change in the weather.  A few people commented that a day like today gave one a better sense of what Greenland is really like.
When we visit Itilleq we have the opportunity to join people in their homes for a Kaffeemik (cakes, cookies and coffee).  Once on shore everyone scattered in various directions looking for the particular house to which they had been invited.
Around 11:00 people began to gather around the Itilleq Soccer Stadium (see photo) to either participate in a soccer match between Fram and Itilleq or to cheer everyone on.  The two sides were evenly matched but Itilleq squeaked ahead with a final score of 6-4.
By 13:30 everyone was back on board Fram and we turned our bow to point south once again.  As we edged our way closer to Kangerlussuaq the skies began to get a little brighter.  We were hopeful of a clear evening for cruising up the long fjord later in the day.
Our afternoon was filled with lectures and at 17:30 we met in the Observation Lounge for the Captain's Farewell Cocktail.

At 21:45 we joined the three muscians; Gitte, Nikolaj and Michael  for their final concert of the voyage.