So this morning started with a discussion between Norm and me about which continent Greenland is part of. I had to look it up, and although politically, Greenland is part of Denmark, it is part of the North American continent. Iceland, though, is part of Europe.
We are visiting Paamiut (Frederikshab), Greenland, today. We were to arrive at 8, but there is a lot of fog, so we were told that we wouldn’t be there until 10. We got to the area around 10:15 but it was close to 11:30 before the ship was cleared by local authorities to disembark passengers. We have to go ashore but tender here, and it is a 30 minute tender trip, so quite far. There are quite a few icebergs in the sea and we have our eye out for seals and whales which we were told were spotted here by the crew. The trip to shore actually took an hour because where the tender docks is very tight and we had to wait for 2 others to unload and load returning passengers.
Paamiut is a small fishing village where white tailed eagles are plentiful, although we didn’t see any. There is also a lot of snow and it hasn’t yet disappeared! There are lots of hiking trails and sailing is very popular here. We only saw motorboats. For us, the temperature is about 40, so we are bundled up. The people in the village are very friendly and I got several pictures, especially of the children. No wifi on shore, so the pictures will have to wait. The buildings are very colorful and there is a small church with an unusual cemetery and the replica of a ship hanging from the ceiling. This is a remote village, so time for walking and photos, enjoying nature.
Ship life remains wonderful. Every so often gifts appear in our room, for the world cruise travelers. So far we have received hats, a sailcloth bag, another tote bag and a travel journal with atlas at the back. These are always accompanied by a note – last night’s said “Beautiful and rare sights in this world are many, but beautiful travelers like you are few!”
The previous one was a quote by St. Augustine of Hippo that said “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. Amazing adventure so far!
I found Paamiut on the map of Greenland…wow it sure is remote. The fog and icebergs must have made the tender trip exciting. Cant wait to see the pictures. xoxo Patti & Sharon
I am also going to be intrigued with how and what you experience in Iceland! AND what delicacies you get to try!! Loving hearing your story
We visited Paamiut on an expedition vessel that called there in Sep 2013 … loved it; as we did all of the other small settlements we called on. The locals were very hospitable, and we enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the local fish-processing plant, too.