Thursday 21 June 2012

Reaching the northernmost point

The day we spent in Uummannaq and Ukussisat. Our Expedition Leader Karin prepared a nice program with hikes and boat trips in the amazing surrounding, but the nature had another plan for us. The attraction of Uummannaq is the huge heart shaped mountain and that we could see already from the distance. But we could see also that there was a wide ice belt in front of the city. And so all plans, even they have been nicely done, had to be thrown into the waste paper basket. Latest now we learned that we are on an expedition cruise.

But believe it or not - this morning should become a highlight of our cruise. Even the ice belt has been so dense our experienced Polarcircel Boat drivers managed to bring us to the landing side. Some guests liked this very special ice cruise so very much that they did not like to leave the boat. They made their own decision to stay in our little red boats that were operating like a shuttle between FRAM and Uummannaq. Nobody will forget this event for sure. A big thank you to the boat drivers!

The museum and the church have been opened for us; the lunch buffet with Greenlandic specialities was waiting for the passengers. Some guests took the chance to talk to a hunter and fisherman to get more firsthand information. Everything in town was so interesting, but the best of all has been the cruise with our Polarcircel Boats through the dense ice in the harbor.

In the afternoon we made our way to Ukussisat. Like every week the inhabitants of the settlement came on board for singing and dancing. Later on we visited the village. The nice hospitality we could experience in Ukussisat will be unforgettable.