23rd July, 2022
We arrived in Nanortalik this morning in near-zero visibility, navigating almost entirely by our radar screens. We had our GPS position to tell us we had arrived, as we could not see the village which was less than half a mile from where we dropped anchor. Indeed, we could barely see any land at all. Within two hours, however, the fog gently lifted to give us spectacular views of the ice and the far mountain ranges beyond the sleepy village of Nanortalik.
Translating literally as “Place of Polar Bears” (they arrive occasionally on pack ice), Nanortalik is Greenland’s eleventh-largest town with just under 1,200 inhabitants. Minke Whales and various birds are common here, and nearby is the country’s only forest.
We leave tonight for Qaqortoq, our final call in Greenland and a hub for discovering some of the country’s varied culture and history.
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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