Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Igaliko, at last...

This morning reminds us why we call it Expedition: The pack ice belt is wider than expected, so we have to go around it, shifting the days schedule, fitting in a few more lectures and enjoy the cruise alongside the ice until we reach the entrance of the Igaliko Fjord. Under a clear blue sky we pass beautiful icebergs, accompanied by proud seal hunters in their small boats, displaying the dead seals like a trophy.
Igaliku itself has only 30 permanent inhabitants. Still, it is a place worth a walking tour, last not least for the sake of the Norsen ruins and the memorial of Erik the Red and Einar who came here more than 1000 years ago to found ancient Gar∂ar. The day ends with a hike to a nearby ridge which offers spectacular views in two Fjords during sunset.