The Northwest Passage Trip Log (21 Aug - 13 Sep 2017) - ​Saturday, Aug 26

​Saturday, Aug 26
January 2018

We awoke to a heavy fog in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital which was founded by missionary Hans Egede in 1728 to establish the return of the Danish people to Greenland after several hundred years. Coaches were ready to take us to the Nuuk Cultural Centre where a local guide offered walking tours of Kolonial Harbour, the urban core of this historic community. Also on offer was a visit to the Nuuk museum where we were warmly greeted by staff and introduced to an exceptional ethnographical collection and displays covering the 4500 year history of Greenland. Besides the fine ethnographic material from Ammassilik and Thule cultures, a highlight was the superb collection of Inuit transportation items housed in their own building. Many guests also took time to visit Nuuk’s arts and crafts shops . Once back aboard, ‘Le Boreal’ headed out on a clear day with brisk winds, heading north along the coast to our next port of call at the World Heritage Site at Ilulissat, Greenland. Lectures from marine biologist Sean Todd on “Whales of the North Atlantic” and Historian Greg Thomas, “Setting the stage: The Arcticas a Window on the World” provided further insight into the extraordinary marine life of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the history of Greenland. In the early evening, Ralph Eshelman provided an extraordinary precap of what to expect when we witness the Jakobshavn Glacier, followed by JD Massyn’s unusual introduction to some Inuit recipes and delicacies.

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