The Northwest Passage Trip Log (21 Aug - 13 Sep 2017) - ​Sunday, Aug 27

Sunday, August 27
January 2018

It was a beautiful brisk morning as ‘Le Boreal’ approached Illulisat , situated at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Western Greenland. Besides panoramic views of the landscape and bird life, the lecture series continued apace. This morning a large crowd joined Patricia Silva for her lecture, “Seabirds of the Arctic” which was then complemented beautifully by Mike Beedell’s distinctive perspective captured in his talk, “The Art of Seeing-a Photographic Perspective.” Certainly a highlight of Mike’s presentation were his photos and description of a mother polar bear and her cubs emerging from their den near Churchill Manitoba in Canada. With those inspiring talks behind us, it was time to board the zodiacs in the early afternoon for a close up view of the Illulissat Icefjord where enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, called Sermeq Kujalleq, are packed together. The Zodiac expedition, which included some whale sightings, was complemented by a landing in the Illulissat community to pursue guided walks of the protected World Heritage Site area. This experience allowed us to view the glacier from the land at elevated heights and gain an appreciation of the scale and beauty. As we walked toward the views of the Illulissat Icefjord, the guide introduced us to the remains of the traditional Inuit village of Sermermiut which was occupied until the 1850s. A visit to a World Heritage Site of this importance combined the natural and cultural experience one would expect from such an extraordinary place. Complements to the community of Illulissat for welcoming the tourists so warmly and informatively. Even the sled dogs congregated at the edge of town expressed their welcome as we passed by en route to the World Heritage Site.

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