Why I love icebergs

Why I love icebergs

I love looking at icebergs, especially in fog. What a strange thing to say for someone travelling Arctic wilderness by boat. Surely any sailor should dislike icebergs for being unpredictable, solid and having so much potential to put an expedition…

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Ease into civilization

Ease into civilization

A week ago Aurora left from Nigertuluk fjord in East Greenland. I woke up early in the morning to grinding noise next to my ear, outside the hull. Strong wind had driven ice into our anchorage overnight, and a large…

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Farewell to East Greenland

Farewell to East Greenland

Aurora’s East Greenland season is coming to an end this week. When temperature plummets and autumn rain and wind arrives, we will also start the homebound journey back to Iceland. We picked up seasons last group of guests on Sunday…

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Whale tagging in Sermilik Fjord

Whale tagging in Sermilik Fjord

Aurora’s second last trip of East Greenland season has finished, and we’re again in Kulusuk waiting for the last group to join the boat. On Sunday we will start the journey towards north and eventually to Iceland. We are hoping…

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Hiding from storm

Hiding from storm

East Greenlandic weather has taken turn to worse as the summer is drawing to an end. Aurora has been hiding in Nordfjord for three nights now from strong winds. North Easterly storms – locally called Naquajaq – are common in…

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Sailors Hill excursion

Sailors Hill excursion

The next group of guests will arrive onboard Aurora on Saturday, and so we have still few days time to explore Tasiilaq area. The surroundings offer great little day walks and scrambles to various hills nearby. Many of them start…

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Day scramble to Polhem Fjeld

Day scramble to Polhem Fjeld

Yesterday Auroras crew had a day off. As Siggi the captain cannot rest on his laurels, he suggested a day hike to Qimmertaajaliip Qaqqartivaa / Polhem Fjeld, a prominent mountain northeast of Tasiilaq. It is the most recognisable peak around…

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Bird rescue in ghost town

Bird rescue in ghost town

Aurora has returned to Tasiilaq after dropping off last weeks guests to Kulusuk. We are now anchored near Dagmar Aaen, historical German fishing boat, which we passed two weeks ago on the way south around Kangerdlugssuaq. Siggi, Teresa and I…

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Qaattu: The Baby Ugly Fish Bay

Qaattu: The Baby Ugly Fish Bay

Aurora spent two nights in Qaattu, a small bay in northwest Angmagssalik, when small ice prevented us entering Johan Petersen Fjord. The new anchorage was fantastic, and once again we saw that plans can change – often for better. The…

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Shallow Pigitse

Shallow Pigitse

Sunday morning arrived, and Aurora started leisurely towards Sermilik ice fjord. We passed Tiniteqilaq village and slowed down to take advantage of their mobile phone signal, the rare opportunity to send and receive emails in this landscape. Once everyone had…

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