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Prince Christian Sound

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

So, every so often there comes a chance to do something amazing. Today was one of those days. We have had an ice pilot (Captain Fritz) on board with us for a while to assist in navigating our way to Greenland. He has extensive experience navigating ships through the Greenland and Iceland areas, and He presented us with the opportunity to navigate through the Prince Christian Sound. Of course our captain had to agree and whatnot before it could be done, but in the end, he went for it. This stunning fjord separates the mainland of Greenland with the Christian IV Island and other islands near the southernmost tip of Greenland. It connects the Labrador Sea with Irminger Sea and is around 100 km (60 miles) long. It is also narrow, sometimes only 500 m (1500 ft) wide. There is only one settlement along this sound, Augpilagtoq. At this area, our cruise director, John, disembarked via one of our tender boats and took a bag of postcards from our guests and crew to have them mailed from what has been described as the Northernmost Post Office in the world (heads up mom and dad, you’re getting a really cold postcard)! The sound offers beautiful scenery with steep mountains often more than 1200 m high, and with glaciers going straight into the water, creating icebergs. It is unbelievably beautiful and also a little bit daunting at first as it doesn’t really appear that the ship can make it through the narrow channel. It really was an amazing experience. The crew all gathered on the open deck to take pictures and watch as we entered the narrow passage. From above us we could see all the guests gathered on the upper open decks and we waved merrily back and forth to eachother. The excitement was palpable, everyone was awestruck. I really can’t even begin describe how majestic the scenery was. We spent most of the day running back and forth from the office to the open deck to the office again. It’s so cold out that we brought a hair dryer into the back office to warm ourselves up after long periods of time outside. I’m so fascinated by the people who live in these remote areas. I can’t help but wonder who the 115-200 people are who live in Augpilagtoq are and what their day to day lives are like. Incidentally, I learned something new today, in Greenland, people who live off the land are called Unuit, and people who live off the sea are called Eskimos. I love learning new things!

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  1. this photos look familiar, good job photographer 🙂

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