Today began with mandolin, accordion, and penny-whistle jamming on the Aasiaat dock. Grant had met yet another group of old friends, a French climbing team in the yacht behind us, and the young Frenchmen serenaded our departure to ‘What do we do with a Drunken Sailor?’ An entirely theoretical question, in our case!
We made an easy passage from Aasiaat to Ilulissat. Midday found me reading Greenland Oil & Minerals magazine in a hammock on the foredeck, as Arctic Tern skirted the outflow of Greenland’s most productive glacier. Occasionally we’d pass close to a fanciful ice castle or ship, which we’d investigate with binoculars for seals, seabirds, or other marine life.
This evening, the crew shared nachos in the galley, enjoying an endless Arctic sunset over in our new harbour, Ilulissat, and listening to Greenlandic reggae from the local radio station. Tomorrow we’ll hike above the Icefjord, explore Knud Rasmussen’s Arctic headquarters, and I’ll interview local municipal officers about the impact of climate change & melting ice on mineral development in the region. Life is good.
– Graham May