Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Day 3 With Hurtigruten in Greenland

Today we landed at Qeqertasuaq. A small settlement where we met more of the Greenland Sled Dogs.  They are a large breed kept for hunting and are thought to be directly descended from dogs brought to Greenland by the first Inuit. No other dogs are allowed to be imported so as not to weaken the line.

I explored the town whilst some went off for a four hour hike where people enjoyed the view of the icebergs stranded in the bay. And there was even more: whales were feeding among the bergs whilst others took an organised town walk. Later in the day there was an ice cruise and a kayak adventure excursion. 

That evening I went on a two hour walk to a spectacular waterfall in Blaesedalen, the valley of the winds. Above the settlement. We had to walk across snow in places but the rivers and flowers were amazing.

Bit of of grumbling in the restaurant tonight about waiting times, hanging around, not getting on the excursion they wanted and getting the daily newsletter in the wrong language. However I'm an old hand at adventure cruising and nearly every one I've been on has had teething problems in the first couple of days before running smoothly. Then off to the evening lecture letting us know all about tomorrow at Qasigiannguit.

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