FUN-travel: At Sea – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 10

October 18, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: At Sea – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 10 

Day 49 – Monday, August 18 – At Sea – A&K Cruise Day 10 – sun w/clouds – 50’s – sunrise 4:31 – sunset 9:53 – typical sea day

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On Deck 6 Sailing Out of Greenland

What I LIKE

  • 9:00 –typical breakfast w/snack for the room
  • 9:45 – lecture on TV – the Future of the Oceans
  • 11:30 – lecture on TV – All about Auks
  • 1:00 – typical lunch w/no theme
  • 2:30 – nap
  • 5:00 – lecture on TV – Climate Change – Ancient Records & Modern Reality

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  • 7:00 – Expedition Recap – last one for the cruise – highlights of trip
  • – pictures w/music presentation on the big screens
  • – when you see them all together it looks like we had a good trip!
  • 8:00 – dinner w/Gabby & Brooke & 2 other couples
  • – celebrating their 35th anniversary
  • 10:00 – Julio (an 80 yr old fellow passenger & entertainer) serenades the group in the dining room with his singing and guitar playing
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Our Room

 What I DON’T LIKE

  •  Typical sea day – have watched everything on TV and getting bored

FUN-fact – Greenland is not a continent because it is part of the North American tectonic plate.

More FF – We crossed the Denmark Strait today which stretches 300 miles to Iceland and connects the Arctic Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

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FUN-travel: Scoresby Sound, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 10

September 25, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Scoresby Sound, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 10 

Day 48 – Sunday, August 17 – Rodefjord & Danmark, Greenland – A&K Cruise Day 9 – morning sun breaks thru clouds then mostly blue skies – 50’s

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What I LIKE

  • 7:00 – first in line for…
  • 1st expedition in 1st group – zodiac tour
  • – see sun rise over fjord
  • – cloud colors change – really beautiful
  • 6000 ft high sheer granite cliffs line narrow fjord

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  • 7:30 – massive, spectacular icebergs!
  • – some w/vivid blue centers – see a ring seal
  • – vibrant red/orange miniature flower clusters dot craggy shoreline
  • 9:00 – breakfast w/snack for later
  • 12:15 – BBQ lunch outside on deck – ribs, hotdogs, lamb chops
  • – wind kicks up & have to go inside to finish lunch

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  • 2:00 – nap
  • *4:30 – 2nd expedition 1st group
  • – wet landing on Danmark island
  • – have no intention going out at 6 PM!
  • – get at back of line & go early
  • – really boggy w/big squishy tufts of plants
  • – big walk to top of rocky hill

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  • – incredible view of distant snow covered mtns
  • – & icebergs dotting the bay
  • 6:00 – happy hour martini’s
  • **8:00 – typical dinner – causal Deck 6
  • 10:30 – more icebergs & ice covered mtns in distance off balcony
  • – sky is nice red w/orange colored clouds doting skyline
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Sitting on Top of The World!

 What I DON’T LIKE

  •  6:30 – get up
  • *really rough seas – get splashed big time
  • – mosquitoes on shore – unbelievable!
  • – the rubber boots make climbing on uneven ground cumbersome
  • **food is getting boring – didn’t expect that for French ship
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BBQ Bar

FUN-fact – There are no trees in the arctic.

Not so FF – Really expected to see lots more ice and calving of the icebergs.

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FUN-travel: Scoresby Sound, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 9

September 24, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Scoresby Sound, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 9 

Day 47 – Saturday, August 16 – Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland – A&K Cruise Day 9 – full sun, blues skies, no clouds – 50

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What I LIKE

  • 8:30 – humpback whale sighting off starboard!
  • 9:00 – typical breakfast
  • 9:30 – enrichment lecture Arctic Sea Ice as Wildlife Habitat on TV
  • View from balcony window
  • – big jagged mtns jutting up from sea
  • – w/patches of snow
  • 10:30 – briefing in theatre
  • – for guests booked on post cruise extension in Reykjavik
  • – eavesdrop in back for tips on what we should do there
  • – I have my own post extension for a helluva lot cheaper!
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Ittoqqortoormitt

  • 12:00 – briefing in theatre – landing in Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Never ever seen a name spelled so bizarre
  • – any idea how to pronounce it?
  • Eeto-core-too-may is my best guess!
  • 12:30 – lunch – swing out w/pasta bar buffet
  • 2:30 – expedition 2nd group – zodiac to shore – wet landing
  • Small village of 500 – mostly native Inuits
  • – sights include: Lutheran church, school, hospital,
  • tourist office & gift shop so small only a handful can go in at a time
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Gary’s Sled Dogs

  • Most FUN & interesting – meeting Gary who has 25 sled dogs
  • – from London originally – has lived here 25 years
  • – when asked if they pull a sled he responds with, “Well they don’t push it.”
  • – decides he likes me as I am taking notes and not put off by his sarcastic response
  • – he has the most dogs in village
  • – when asked why he has them responds with, “I like going places I’ve never been before.”
  • – he likes me so much he gives me a biz card
  • – you can check him out at www.GaryRolfe.com

FUN-Fact – Gary has traveled over 20,000 polar miles with his dogs; more than any living Englishman.

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  • – A&K gives us postcards to send from the “most isolated/remote village in Greenland”
  • 5:15 – return
  • 6:00 – special presentation – 2 ladies from village share life experiences
  • – funniest story = they fly in a Christmas tree – has to fin inside helicopter
  • – saddest story = a lot of alcoholism – beer cans strewn all over front yards
  • 8:00 – dinner w/expedition team member Mats & his wife from Norway
  • – all married team members have brought wives on this cruise (figured this out on last day)
  • 9:30 – humungous icebergs off our balcony
  • 11:00 – night night for 7:30 expedition – we’ll see what time I get there!

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What I DON’T LIKE

  • Whales too far for good pix
  • Ittoqqortoormitt looks better from a distance
  • No satellite coverage – like having news channels – no internet
  • – have watched all of the documentaries
  • & had seen all of the movie selections

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FUN-fact – The population of Greenland is 56,400 and 80% are native Inuits.

More FF – Their currency is the Danish Krone.

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FUN-travel: Keiser Franz-Joseph Fjord, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 8

September 22, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Keiser Franz-Joseph Fjord, Greenland – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 8 

Day 46 – Friday, August 15 – Keiser Franz-Joseph Fjord, Greenland – A&K Cruise Day 8 – full sun w/clouds in distance – mid 40’s

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Margeriedal

What I LIKE

  • 6:45 – wake up
  • 11:00 – 1st expedition in 2nd group
  • – wet landing @ Margeriedal
  • – nice walk up steep hill w/grand view
  • – really incredible rock formations and types on beach shore line
  • – every color from butter toffee to adobe red, slate & grays some w/sparkles!
  • 1:00 – lunch – Indian – cooked by French & Phillipino’s so not very authentic
  • 2:00 – open bridge policy – get to go up & check out the captain’s domain
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All the Pretty Rocks

  • 5:00 – 2nd expedition in 1st group – wet landing @ Holm Bugt
  • – more nice walk up hill
  • – really pretty teeny tiny flowers in clusters
  • – yellow, red, pink, gold, cream purple & cottony white
  • – even some miniature mushrooms & cactus looking plants
  • 8:00 – dinner – asked for grilled salmon & got swordfish
  • 9:30 – lounge Deck 3 for singer
  • 10:15 – shows over
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Margeriedal

What I DON’T LIKE

  •  no satellite coverage & internet

FUN-fact – Greenland is the largest island in the world and 80% is covered in ice. 80% of the island is within the Arctic Circle. You think there’s a pattern here?

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Holm Bugt