Heading North

We left Nuuk with light southerly winds forecast which filled in nicely, ending in a belting sail direct to Aassiat.  Arriving to find Tooluka, La Louise, Gambo and another French yacht all anchored in the harbour.

Eef called us to moor alongside Tooluka a great reunion after two years.

Busy harbour, they say only 20 foreign visiting yachts a year.  In Aasiaat we enjoyed the cruising lifestyle sharing drinks and meals with friends old and new, felt like a well-deserved after all the hard work of preparing Arctic Tern UK.  A couple of days passed quickly.

Buying last provisions topping up with fuel, we left Aaissat via a local anchorage to fill up with water from a stream a place the locals go to fill cans for preferred drinking water.  Onto a nature reserve for Arctic Terns nesting site a very peaceful anchorage for the night.

The next day we crossed Disko Bay towards Ilulissat,  an intimidating entrance of about  six miles through the ice floes from  Jacobhavn Isfjord .  One of the northern hemispheres most productive glaciers of icebergs.

The tiring five hour journey weaving our way through some very large icebergs to parting a carpet of large ice cubes.  We arrived at the busy fishing harbour Ilulissat just as a gale warning was issued.  Finding a place to tie up was decided for us as Abel Tasman was tied alongside a large long liner. Finally secure the mist and the mosquito’s descended.

Ilulissat a town set up for tourists, with bars hotels restaurant’s and internet cafes not forgetting the magnificent  Jacobsfjord  Ice fjord  which provided us with an interesting entry,  tourists can walk alongside it with fantastic views right across it.

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