Northern Transatlantic Crossing, Aug 29-Sep 14, 2007 travel blog

Robert took a short flight over Greenland from the Nuuk ariport

Air Greenland plane

Greenland from the air

Greenland from the air

Glacier ice flowing into the ocean

Old downtown Nuuk

Nuuk old hospital and original church

Old downtown Nuuk

Downtown Nuuk

Nuuk Community Center

Greenland Home-rule Government Center and sculpture

Nuuk newer houses overlook the harbor

Nuuk new housing developments in the distance

Leavning Nuuk and Greenland

Today we arrived in Nuuk, Greenland. The day before arriving Nuuk had been experiencing hurrican force winds. When we arrived the winds have died down a lot, but the sea was still quite rough. The ship was not able to dock thus we used the ship's tenders to go ashore during the day.

The missionary Hans Egede founded Nuuk in 1728 as the very first town in Greenland. Nuuk has a very rich and varied history and the oldest settlements date back 4,200 years. The Nuuk municipality has two remaining settlements apart from the main town of Nuuk. Both settlements are thriving small communities, each with their own church, school and grocery store. The inhabitants of the two settlements of Nuuk live mainly by fishing and hunting.

While the day was overcast and very cool, around 40 degrees all day, it was quite an experience to be walking around in such a remote part of the world.

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