PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND AND NANORTALIK
GREENLAND


    PRINS CHRISTIAN SUN

Prins Christian Sund is a sound, or waterway,  which separates the mainland of Greenland from the Christian IV Island and other islands near the southernmost tip of Greenland. It is around 100KM (62 miles) long and narrow, sometimes only 500m (1640') wide. There is only one settlement on the sund, which is Aappailottoq. Aappailottoq is a small fishing village at the base of the mountains, and the only way in or out is either by helicopter or boat (summer onl
y).  The fjords and waterways are surrounded by spectacular cliffs and steep mountains, often more than 1200 m (3937') in height, small waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs. Some of the geology around these parts is among the oldest exposed bedrock in the world … dating to more than 2.5 billion years. Prins Christian Sund is a flooded glacial valley system that developed in ancient times by the movement of glaciers scouring the terrain and rock walls.

The day we traversed the Sund, the weather was overcast, with low lying clouds, and a temperature of 8 C / 46 F. But it didn't matter because it gave the Sund a mystique, almost romantic, quality that would not have been had the weather been sunny and clear. Personally I'm glad it worked out the way it did.

There are very few comments on this page, primarily because they are not really needed. I also did not put all the pictures here because there are just too many. However if you would like to see more, there is a link at the bottom of the page that will let you see more (a lot more actually).
 

Our route through the Sund. 


First view of the Sund.
 


Antennae for the weather station, which incidentally played a vital role during WWII, as ships ferried across the Atlantic.


Mountains, clouds and glaciers.




The view at lunch, on the back deck of the ship.















Baby iceberg.



On the balcony, watching the world go by.






First signs of the village of  
Aappailottoq.

 
A little more of the village comes into view.

 

That's the village, at the base of the mountain. You can see why
the only
way in or out is either by helicopter or boat.
 

A Village fishing boat heading home.

 


 

The ship stopped offshore and two boats loaded
with 30 pizzas and donations of clothes and toys from passengers and crew headed to the village.









Looking back to the SE, where the last of the weather disturbance can still be seen.




 

Can you see the face in the rock? If not look at the next picture for a better  view.

 



The sun started to come out just as we were leaving the Sund.

 
 

The icebergs are somewhat bigger here. Not enough to sink a ship, but big enough to do damage.



A last look
 


Captain! There be icebergs!


NANORTALIK


The next morning we were in Nanortalik.  The day was
overcast, somewhat drizzly, with a temperature of 6 C / 43 F. Nanortalik is the tenth largest city in Greenland, with a population of  1,337  (as of 2013), and is located on the southwestern tip of the continent. The name Nanortalik means "Place of Polar Bears" or  "Place were Polar Bears Go". Since we were only there for the morning, and because we would have had to tender to shore in rather inclement weather, we opted to stay on the ship.

After we left, a heavy fog set in. The ship moved slowly in order to avoid the icebergs, sounding its fog horn every few minutes as a warning to any other ships that may  be in the vicinity. It was a very haunting, yet strangely comforting, sound.




The area around Nanortalik is supposed to be the only forested area in Greenland. The  word "forested" is relative, as the trees grow no taller than the average person.



Another baby berg floating in the fiord.



A somewhat larger fishing boat than the one we saw at 
Aappailottoq.


This iceberg reminds me of a snail.



Those are tenders, ferrying people to and from the ship.



Definitely not a village.






The fog started rolling in just before we left in the early afternoon.



Leaving Nanortalik
.


Sailing through the fog towards St. John's, Newfoundland.

 

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