Into the Northwest Passage – Day 3

Ilulissat

  • 4AM – looked out the porthole and saw some “bergy bits” – that’s what they call the smaller bits of ice
  • 5:45AM – “SHIT! ICE” is what I yelled and Sheila jumped up already dressed. She’d gotten up at 3:15 (looked at the clock without her glasses) and got dressed and went on deck and realized… … so she flopped back on the bed
  • I dressed fast and got up on deck. Folks started to emerge.
  • 7AM breakfast – 2 groups going on the helicopter tours headed off the ship first. Town groups left next and then the zodiac cruise groups got to take our tours
  • 9:30 we headed out for our ice cruise. Back to ship around 10:45, dropped some stuff and then took a launch to town
  • Walked up into town, stopped in a couple of shops. Stopped at the Inuit Cafe for a latte, it was quite good
  • Walked on up to the trail head at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Did what one really shouldn’t do in unfamiliar areas and hiked alone. I told Tagak where I was going and the route I was taking and that I would return and not do the loop and please don’t let the ship leave without me, so I was covered. Walked up the hill to the gold trail
  • Walked up and rose over the crest of the hill to the ice fjord and all of the ice produced by the Jakobshaven Glacier. I sat for a while and had a snack (or two)
  • Met up with Richard and Melvina, we walked back down and decided to get lunch at the Mamarut restaurant – Musk Ox Burger! Oh, my, yum!
  • Walked around town looking for a power adapter for my laptop because I only had the three-pronged plug and that doesn’t work for two pronged European plugs (ultimatley, didn’t need it since I used the iPad plug thing)
  • Bought some herb salt with angelina seeds and took the launch back to the ship
  • Took a quick shower and then we were underway
  • Went out on deck with the camera and took a bunch more pictures
  • Daily Briefing, quick dinner and then back on deck for more pictures
  • Amazing day of ice

Link to the pictures (there are a LOT of pictures today!)

https://goo.gl/photos/1zkrQjmmd7qNXa3a8

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Into the Northwest Passage – Day 2

Day 2 – Sisimut

  • Got up at 5:30A after a night of no sleep
  • Found coffee in the Aurora Lounge and met Tagak, an Inuit elder who worked to form Nunavut in the 1980s and 1990s. He is a wonderful, warm man who lost his wife two years ago and really doesn’t want to be on the trip but came anyhow. His first trip since his wife died. He received the of the Order of Canada in 2003
  • 9:00AM, they call the passengers according to the colour of the dot on the back of your room key so we waited for the colour call so we can go ashore, a local guide will take us around Sismiut
  • Talked with Marlis, she is visiting all of the Canadian National Parks, she’s been to 34 out of 45
  • My colour dot is white, we were called and left the ship and joined the orange group for our tour
  • Walked around town for 2.5 hours, walked by the museum, the craftsman shop, yarn shop (musk ox yarn), lake, municipal centre, the area of town where the sledge dogs are kept, grocery store, fish store and then back to the ship
  • Back off the ship to after lunch to do some shopping, back to the yarn shop and got a pair of wrist warmers made from musk ox yarn – really soft
  • On board to watch the kayak demonstration – this man was amazing!
  • Lifeboat drill was a huge C.F. – the lists were wrong, the people, the cabins, the life boats. Here’s hoping the drill was the only time we need to do this because in a real emergency, this could be bad
  • Welcome by the staff and crew before dinner
  • Dinner and then more picture taking and relaxing before bed

Here’s the link to the photographs:

https://plus.google.com/photos/106197545034753263041/albums/6200142690973924817