I spent my Easter vacation in Greenland with my close family. My dad grew up there so for him it was a sentimental journey and for the rest of us a flabbergasting encounter with some truly wild and beautiful nature.
I’ll have to do this in parts – we were there for ten days spending the first part in Greenland’s second largest city Sisimiut, or Holsteinsborg as the Danes call it, and the second part in Iluissat, Jakobshavn.
We were very lucky with the weather and with the right experiences at the right times. We only failed one thing – seeing the narwhals in Ilulissat that had been spotted the day before. Apart from that? Northern lights, dogsledding, sailing, icebergs, muskoxen, hiking, snow, thick ice, skiing.
But firstly Sisimiut:
A view over the city with the peak Nasaasaaq or Kællingehætten by sunset.
The church in Sisimiut. In the 1980s they split it in two and lengthened it in the middle to get more seats!
We had only been in Greenland for an hour when we met this guy. Danish comedian Frank Hvam. My sister and I love his show and meeting him there was so absurd and unexpected that we almost died of laughter. This is after the big laugh, sneaking a photo. The Greenlanders were more polite - they asked.
There was some seriously deep snow in that town. Neither my brother no my sister's boyfriend are short men... It was hilarious fighting your way through that.
...and some serious icicles too. Watch out for those!
These were the only seals we got to see. Enormous bearded seals shot outside Sisimiut.
We went dogsledding for a couple of hours. This was the view - you'll have to imagine the smell of the farts. But what a wonderful means of transportation! The only sound being the sledge against the snow and a reasonable pace mixed with some glorious downhill laughs.
This is the house where my dad and his family spent six years when living in Sisimiut in the late 50s early 60s. We visited the family who lives there now - very kind people offering a much needed cup of coffee and a tour around the house.
Traditional women's sealskin boots hanging outside my dad's childhood home. They must be kept in a cold environment or they rot.
As mentioned we were extremely lucky with the weather. Only one evening did we experience a blizzard. I'm sure the Greenlanders would call it but a mild breeze, but for us it was seriously stormy and freakin' cold. Still, after a wonderful dinner of reindeer soup at my aunt's old nanny's house we were in a good mood and ready to face it!
This was the view from my window in Sisimiut. By sunrise.
I’ll return with some more photos from Ilulissat – city of icebergs!! Stay tuned.