Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Disko Bay - Day 8

The sunshine of late yesterday afternoon continued into the following morning, so we were relaxed group of kayakers who launched onto a relatively calm sea.  The large bergs, which dominate this section of Northern Disko Bay, dictated our route, avoiding the risk of being too close to calving bergs.
The scenery was spectacular, to our left were the mountains of the Nuassuaq Peninsula whilst to our right Disko Island was clearly visible at last.  As we headed east the wind dropped and the temperature appeared to rise.  Lunch was a leisurely affair, with dry suit tops removed, whilst eating, for the first time on the trip.
The afternoon carried on in a similarly relaxed manner, delightful paddling past some quite large bergs with a stunning mountain backdrop.  It was one of those days which makes you you realize why you will return to Greenland to paddle again, at some point in the future.
John close to Savik.  The mountains behind are where we walked the previous day.
Nicky crossing in front of Saputit.  The mountain in the distance is a classic pyramidal peak, it was almost shouting out "climb me".
Leaving the large bergs which dominate the coast near Saqqaq behind.  The twin peaks on the right are a distinctive landmark from miles around, indicating the location of Saqqaq.
It started it off calm and then the wind dropped.  Disko Island is the landmass behind.
 Jim slicing the bread for lunch, a really important job.  His precision cutting meant that it was fair for everyone.
 The warmer weather and bright sunshine encourage some after lunch exploring, and we discovered the base of an old hut.
 Crossing the bay close to Qeqertaq, there were a number of reasonably large bergs, which we tried to avoid getting too close to.
 Approaching the headland at Nugaq, the land behind rises to over 700 metres, pretty much straight out of the sea.
 Collecting water from the small stream close to Nugaq.  Part of the daily routine if we weren't sure where we would be camping and needed to make sure that we had enough liquid.
The white on the cliffs is a Kittiwake colony, there were thousands of these delightful gulls.
These slabs rose out of the water for over 2,000 feet.  A superb last mile or so at the end of a great day.

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