Arctic Expedition 2013

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 

 

Daily Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green

Our expedition team has arrived in Greenland! We were up early at Carleton University inOttawa this morning for our 7:00 AM flight. The skies were clear all the way to Kangerlussuaq and spirits were running high. Our first glimpse of the mountainous Greenlandic coast quickly brought the students out of their seats to jostle for a view and peer down upon turquoise waters and vast ice fields.
 
The weather in "Kang" was clear and relatively warm today - roughly 15 degrees Celsius (t-shirt weather!), which was welcome relief for those who suffered through the last couple days in the sweltering heat of Ottawa. We disembarked from the plane with a collective sigh of relief as the refreshing, Greenlandic sea air rushed in to greet us.
 
After passing through customs, we shuttled down to the sea to board zodiacs that took us out to our floating home for the next 10 days - the Sea Adventurer! It is a fabulous, well-equipped ship with an experienced Russian captain and a friendly, expert crew. Our team is sure to be well taken care of throughout our Arctic journey!
 
The rest of the day was spent settling into our rooms, practicing a safety drill, getting acquainted with the ship and with each other. The landscape around the fjord is spectacular and we're surrounded by glaciers and dramatic volcanic peaks. After dinner, we were treated to a presentation by Ludvig Hammeken - a young Greenlander skilled in dog sledding, boating, ice fishing and hunting - who gave us a thorough overview of Greenland's economy, history, politics and culture.
 
Our team was tired at the end of a long day but all are excited to be on our way! We have a packed day in store for tomorrow. Our ship will continue sailing down the 100-mile Sondrestrom Fjord overnight then we head northwards up the coast toward the community of Ittileq and the Ittileq Fjord. Planned activities include a zodiac cruise, shore landings, workshops, yoga, hikes, educational activities and a visit to the community of Ittileq.
 
Stay tuned for more updates, student journals, photos and video in the days to come!

Check out the photos, journal entries and updates from Day One (Ottawa), Day Two (Ottawa) and Day Three!

Video

Our first video, about our time in Ottawa, is online!

 

Arctic Fact of the Day

Although there have been indigenous peoples living in the area of Kangerlussuaq for many years, the town itself developed when the US Military decided to build the Sondrestrom air base at the end of the Sondrestrom Fjord, which later became a runway long enough to serve as an alternate landing site for the NASA space shuttle! 

Photos 

Albert and Christopher enjoy a quiet moment on the plane to Greenland.

 

 Rosalie chatting with new friends during the flight.

 

Greenland! An arial view from the plane.

 

Students learn about lifeboats and boat safety.

 

Students aboard the Sea Adventurer!

 Rex T smiles as the ship hoists anchor and SOI is officially underway moving up Sondrestrom Fjord.

 All aboard!

 

 

The view from the deck of the Sea Adventurer, from within Sonderstrom Fjord!

 

 Fefe taking advantage of the windy deck!

 

Expedition leader Geoff Green. 

 

 Student Joseph and educator JR enjoy a moment aboard the ship.

 

 Students gather around an impromptu throat singing demonstration. 

 

Enjoying time together.

Behind the scenes with photographer Martin Lippman.

 

Micah and Joseph share a laugh on deck as the ship gets underway.

 

 

Chris on the deck of the Sea Adventurer.

Lexie watches the sun set.

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