Farewell to Cape Farewell: at sea, and Orkney, 6th-10th July 2022

It was grey and overcast with a freshening south-easterly wind and increasingly frequent rain on Wednesday 6th July. It was hardly very enticing on deck and a few quick trips out only produced Fulmars and four Brunnich’s Guillemots. We passed Cape Farewell sometime during early to mid-evening. Even if it had been clear, and by … Continue reading Farewell to Cape Farewell: at sea, and Orkney, 6th-10th July 2022

A Whale with a View: Nuuk, Greenland, Tuesday 5th July 2022

Nuuk, formerly Godthåb, is Greenland’s capital and largest town, with a population of almost 19000, or almost four times the size of the next biggest settlement. Its Greenlandic name means headland, as it is situated at the end of the peninsula. It is hemmed in by impressive mountains, certainly more so than the other settlements … Continue reading A Whale with a View: Nuuk, Greenland, Tuesday 5th July 2022

Ice, Ice Baby: Ilulissat, Greenland, Saturday 2nd July 2022

Ilulissat, meaning 'icebergs' in Greenlandic but formerly known as Jakobshavn, is the administrative centre of Avannaata municipality and, with a population of 4,670 in 2020, it is the third-largest settlement in Greenland. Ilulissat is also in sight of Disko Island, and on the shores of Disko Bay, names which inevitably catch the imagination of any Atlas-reading youngster. … Continue reading Ice, Ice Baby: Ilulissat, Greenland, Saturday 2nd July 2022

Dog Town, Ghost Town: Sisimiut, Greenland, Friday 1st July 2022

Sisimiut, formerly known as Holsteinborg, is the second-largest city in Greenland, its northernmost year-round ice-free port and the largest Arctic city in the Americas, although it only has a population of just over 5,500. Being an Arctic city means, of course, that it is north of the Arctic Circle, so we are now in the … Continue reading Dog Town, Ghost Town: Sisimiut, Greenland, Friday 1st July 2022