Now in Narsarsuaq
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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Sunday 14 August 2011. Our day off in Kangerlussuaq dawned fair, a few broken clouds about but it promised to be a warm one, according to the notice at Reception. We had thought that the airport was closed on a Sunday so were extremely surprised to find that the terminal and café were full and there were several scheduled flights on the tarmac. Patrick made a note to himself to remember to ask about this tomorrow when we sorted out our flight plan/departure details.
The buffet breakfast was fine and after watching some of the aircraft depart, it was back to the room to catch up on a blog. A couple of hours later, we were ready to go out for a stroll and made for the bridges to the south of the runway. The grey melt water was rushing along the wide river and then veered to the right and through a narrow gorge underneath the two bridges
We meandered back through the small town via the church with its bell stand to the side, and stopped off at the Polar Bear Inn for a hot chocolate sitting at a picnic table outside in the warm sunshine. There were a few choices for continuing our walk but we (!) chose the flatter path to the north and west of the runway toward the Fjord. A good 2.5 miles later as the road took a climb we noticed another picnic table strategically placed for the views down Sondre Stromfjord, to give it its proper name. We sat for about an hour munching on our snacks, writing up notes and Patrick went a little further up the hill for some better photo opportunities.
Returning to the hotel to relax and rest our weary feet, we had an early supper in the hotel restaurant (and very good it was too!). The forecasts looked promising for tomorrow for the journey south.
Monday 15 August 2011
Casper kindly checked the latest weathers and the hoped-for improvements had started to happen as forecast, so we decided to go; the latest we could be airborne and still get to our destination Narsarsuaq in time would be 1200 local. Flight plan filed, we smartly crossed the apron to the EZ and attired ourselves in the survival equipment and were soon starting the engine ready to depart.
A take-off heading down the fjord climbing to 4,500ft initially, we had stunning scenery around us as the valley narrowed towards the sea
We followed the west coast of Greenland as it curves towards its southern tip. Nuuk had been on our schedule to visit, but as we have already lost a week and it is often 'fogged-in’, we decided to give it a miss and overfly just in case. The flight was 3hrs 45mins of jaw-dropping vistas and no photographs nor words can fully convey the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this immense and important island (we heartily recommend a visit!).
The approach into Narsarsuaq airport was something else! There are two possible fjords to fly up: the wider, more obvious one, leads to an attractive but ultimately dead end (a glacier front at the fjord’s head); the second, less obvious, but correct fjord winds around some impressive peaks before the airport comes into view on a flat strip of land with its own (receded) glacier as a backdrop
Entering the airport office, Juulut very helpfully phoned for a room at the hotel, checked possible options for our flight routing to Iceland and generally provided information on the facilities available. Patrick started to bed the EZ down while I fielded questions through the perimeter fence from a passing French couple who had been kayaking around the fjords (it sounded amazing).
A short walk to the hotel, check-in and an early supper and to round off the perfect day, a lovely red sunset visible out of our hotel room window.