Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
... your first view of the Danish kingdom might be a little bit misleading...
The Ice-Crown of Denmark
The last time I flew the route – ok, it wasn’t me, it was KLM’s pilot – the weather-god regaled us with brilliant weather to show us the beauty of ice and snow.
Of course, what you see here is just a small part of the arctic landscape. There’s much more to Greenland and looking at that stunning landscape with mountains as high as 3700 m, I dream of visiting one day places like Nuuk, the capital – founded by the missionary apostle Hans Egede; Anmagssalik with it's colourful wooden houses - also the name of the small species of Greenland salmon, or Thule, the probably coldest place on Earth with temperatures falling to minus 60 degree C. Once a week they fly in from Copenhagen and in summer even from Island.
It is almost unimaginable that people and animals survive in that desert-like icy landscape. But there are Geysers in the south around Sydproven; Fjords full of flowers in the summer - even a canyon called flower-valley with more than 50 known species that rise every spring anew. The contrasts couldn’t be bigger.
Of course, Greenland’s biggest resource is ice. But as we know it, that can change pretty fast…
Getting closer to Buffin Island...
Welcome back in Vancouver.