Month: July 2017

Blue skies finally and views of icebergs in the fjord from our campsite

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 6

Day 6 of the Unplugged Wilderness Trek saw us wake up to better weather than we had on Day 4 and Day 5 thank goodness!  It looked like the sun might even come out at some point during our hike! After packing up camp, we convened on the abandoned airstrip of Bluie East Two for a little …

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The group helping to re-load the rest of our gear into the speedboats, dramatic mountain in the background

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 5

We awoke on Day 5 of the Unplugged Wilderness Trek to lots of cloud, but at least no rain or drizzle … already an improvement over Day 4!   After breakfast and while we packed up camp, Maxime crossed back over the river to assist the boat drivers in re-loading the gear that we’d left …

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Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 4

Day 4 of the Unplugged Wilderness trek saw us pull down camp and leave everything packed up on the shore of the Karale Fjord for the speedboat people.  They would transfer our gear around to the new campsite while we hiked with just our day packs.  We began by retracing our steps up the steep …

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Trekking group descending towards Karale Fjord with Knud Rasmussen Glacier and mountains in the background

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 3

Day 3 of the Unplugged Wilderness Trek saw us set out in the opposite direction, away from the Karale Glacier and up towards the Knud Rasmussen Glacier.  Unlike Day 2 where it was relatively flat, this hike climbed ~850m up some pretty steep slopes for some spectacular views over the Karale Fjord. It was the …

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Group hiking along the fjord with the Karale glacier prominent in the background

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 2

These were the views that greeted me when I got up at 2am to go to the loo.  Yes, occasionally it is a good thing to have to get up once/night!  Unfortunately on this trip to Greenland, I never actually made it above the Arctic Circle (we were less than 100km away here), so the …

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A view of Kulusuk, the second largest settlement in East Greenland, and icebergs in the fjord

Trekking Greenland – Unplugged Wilderness Day 1

Although it was the last thing that I did during my 5 weeks in Greenland, hiking the 12-day Unplugged Wilderness Trek with Greenland Adventures was the first thing I had decided upon for my visit.    This was inspired by the two previous long-distance treks I’d done – the 8-day Torres del Paine Circuit in …

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The edge of the Red House with its name in Greenlandic, overlooking the Tasiilaq Fjord - East Greenland

Hiking Greenland – Tasiilaq and Qaqqartivakajik mountain

Day 3 in Tasiilaq also started out completely foggy, so I headed out with two other girls – Lucia, a photographer staying in Tasiilaq for a month to photograph the area, and Nicole – to see the hide of a polar bear that had been shot about 2 weeks ago near town.  It wasn’t as …

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A field of white crosses and plastic flowers marking the graves in the cemetery just outside of Tasiilaq on the way to the Flower Valley

Hiking Greenland – Tasiilaq and the Flower Valley

My original plan was to catch boat transfers between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq – and that’s what I’d booked in advance.  However, a few days before my arrival in East Greenland, the company I was arranging things through suggested that it might be safer to book the helicopter transfer, given the large amount of pack ice …

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The view across the Nuuk Fjord to an iconic mountain from near Café Inuk in Nuuk, Greenland

Eating Typical Greenlandic Food in Nuuk

After 2 weeks of hiking in great weather in South Greenland, I arrived to cold, wet and wind in the capital, Nuuk.  I was picked up at the airport by my Airbnb host, Rene, and taken to the accommodation.  It was absolutely awesome – my own space with a separate entrance, fridge, microwave and bathroom, and only …

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