|Photo © Mark McDermott|
• A boat trip and then a walk in The Red Desert. ( Hm. Whenever I think of the Red Desert I wonder why it isn’t called The Yellow Desert because it is definitely yellow and not red.)
|Photo © A. Wenzel|
• A really excellent lunch buffet of Greenlandic foods at the Uummannaq Hotel. If you’re a real foodie than this was the spot to be. Lunch always features local delicacies such as muskox, caribou, whale meat, seal meat, halibut, Greenland shrimps, capelin, as well as various salads.
• A talk with a local hunter. This was an opportunity to learn more about the way of life in Greenland.
If you didn’t choose any of the optional excursions then you were free to go exploring on your own.
As usual when we are in Uummannaq, everyone is welcome to join the Expedition Team on a hike to Santa’s Hut which is located at the base of Uummannaq mountain. This is a very popular hike of medium difficulty which people of average fitness can easily do. The faster walkers arrived at Santa’s Hut in 45 minutes where the Hotel Staff was waiting with coffee, tea, cakes and cookies laid out on the rocks. The ABs had chauffeured the hotel staff around the island in the Polar Cirkel boats!
After a twenty minute break, we continued on our way back to Uummannaq and the ship. It really could not have been better weather for hiking.
At 17:00 Fram picked up the anchor and we headed off for the second port of call for the day Ukkusissat. It was our final call in Ukkusissat for this season which is always a sad occasion for those of us working on Fram. Over the years we have seen the children grow into young men and women. They are our friends. It is always nice to see them and at the end of the Greenland season a little difficult to say good-bye.