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Greenland - One Photo is Equal to 1000 Words

Evelyn Hannon

Greenland seemed so faraway to me. So cold, so barren yet exotic. I use the word 'seemed' because I actually knew very little about the country. However, when Adventure Canada invited me along on one of their summer journeys to the Arctic, I jumped at the opportunity. Firstly because as a Journey Woman, I am always just plain curious. Secondly, because I had heard good things about the company that was doing the inviting.

We were 110 passengers and we did our exploring aboard the Sea Adventurer.

The temperature was in the low fifties and mid-sixties on land and arctic flowers were in bloom. It was much colder and windier sailing on the water especially in iceberg territory but we dressed accordingly.

I was truly intrigued by what I saw and the people I met. Here, in photo form is my Greenland story.

But first, a few important background facts. From Wikipedia I learned that Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, it's located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Greenlandic Inuit are the indigenous peoples of Greenland; approximately 89% of Greenland's population is Inuit. The official language is Greenlandic (but while I was there I did hear English, Inuktituk, and Danish spoken as well). The currency of the country is the Danish Kroner.

Greenland flag

The flag of Greenland was designed by Greenland native, Thue Christiansen. He described the white stripe as representing the glaciers and ice cap, which cover more than 80% of the island; the red stripe, the ocean; the red semicircle, the sun, with its bottom part sunk in the ocean; and the white semicircle, the icebergs and pack ice. The design is also reminiscent of the setting sun half-submerged below the horizon and reflected on the sea. The red and white colors show their connection to Denmark's flag and association.

Landing in Kangerlussuaq

Landing in Kangerlussuaq airport, this was my first glimpse of Greenland. Stark!

The Sea Explorer

Our ship the Sea Explorer, an ice-capable expedition cruise vessel.

Captain Master Peter Gluschke

The intrepid Captain of our expedition was Master Peter Gluschke.

Becky   Jolly Atagooyuk

On board the Sea Adventurer were two wonderful Inuit culturalists - Becky Kilabuk and artist Jolly Atagooyuk. What a treat it was to listen to them as they offered glimpses of 'the ways of their people.' Intriguing and educational. I wanted more!

Evelyn in Greenland

Each day zodiacs transferred passengers from the ship to a shore excursion. This is Itilleq where the ship's naturalists and culturalists explained some of the flower and fauna of Greenland.






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