|morning walk in Nuuk|
|Pirates of the Caribbean?|
After a prolonged discussion amongst the pilots the group came to the joint conclusion to give Sisimiut
(which would have only been a refuelling stop not an overnight) a miss and head straight across the sea to - to - Qikiqtarjuaq!
What a name! In short let's just call it Qik!
Luckily we all didn't mind the delayed departure as internet at this hostel was the best we enjoyed for a long time but by 10 we finally headed out to the airport and got the planes ready for the Trans-Atlantic crossing.
The flight across the sea was quite calm but cold and we cruised at ca 6500ft between different layers of stratus cloud.
|leaving Greenland for our Atlantic crossing|
And then finally: Land in sight!! the rugged mostly uninhibited vast coastline of Northern Canada!!
The weather inland over those massive snow covered mountain ranges looked fantastic, but not so the thick cloud that was in our approach path to land at Qik!
|we are in the upper north-eastern sector!|
After a descent over the sea through the thick cloud we did our approach just barely over the sea and underneath the cloud at 800-1000ft and finally touched down after 2.30 hrs.
|Betty made it back to Canada after nearly four decades|
|view to the aeroplanes from the arrival hall|
|curious and friendly kids at the airport|
|a view to the town with our hotel on the right far end side|
Dinner was a feast in the hostel cafeteria with pork ribs, chicken breast, delicious fresh salads and tons of sweet brownies!
|trip to the hotel|
The only other sad revelation for me is, that this place is not really ballooning countryside. The ice is already cracking and melting, the ground full of stones, the village dotted with power lines and the rest is steep mountains or the sea.
|on top of a cairn|
So I might have to give my intended flight over snow and ice in the Arctic circle a miss. It's 9pm local time now, but already 11 'our' Greenlandic time, so bed is calling. night night.
|abandoned ski doo|