Arctic Sailing the unknown on the East Greenland Coast
- Iceland - East Greenland
Our sailing in East Greenland in 2019 was amazing and really different from what we did in 2018. We left Iceland earlier than the year before, the pack ice had cleared much earlier than before, allowing us to sail straight towards Kangerlussuak area. The weather has been good all along the duration of the trip, only the last week was a bit gloomy, with lots of rain the last day. It has been also very warm (up to 21°C end of July), and with no storm along the coast. We sailed from Ísafjörðdur July 11th and were back in Flateyri August 26th, on the beginning of a NE Gale. We have sailed along the coast in between Mikis Fjord and Ammassalik, for 7 weeks, exploring several unknown locations. We have encountered several rare species, like Greenland shark, Narwhal, and we have had the joy to approach all kind of whales and to be played with Orcas on two occasions. The boat and all her equipment have worked fine, heating and electrical systems were in top conditions, keeping us warm and happy. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to conduct the oceanographic small works that I have planned, but we made several observations which can be of scientific interest. Also, the movements of the ice and the fog have been a bit more complex, leading us to some tricky approaches and lots of navigation plans changes. Last but not least, food has been nice all along the way, even if provisioning in Greenland has been a bit difficult; we have had fresh bread made onboard every day by our apprentice bakers, with improving quality. Next year, on the same scheme, we will sail from mid-jury until end of August.
- Apr 10, 2019
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