Wednesday, September 17, 2008
ABC Wednesday - I is for Icebergs
The first iceberg I ever saw in person was at about 4pm on Sunday 14th July 2005. We were in an area of the North Atlantic known as Irminger Havet. One of the party had a portable satellite navigation gizmo which put our location at 58° N, 42° W. The iceberg was still about 17 miles away.
We passed by it and continued sailing towards Greenland.
As we anchored off Qaqortoq we could see several bergs towards the North.
There was even one floating in the small harbour where a girl was kayaking.
The next day on the way up to Nuuk we passed more icebergs. The vertical marks, incidentally, are streaks on the outside of the glass through which the photograph was taken.
We saw fewer on the return journey. Greenland's icy mountains peered above the coastal fogbank.
We were not able to navigate Prince Christian Sound which cuts a sort of South-East passage across the end of Greenland.
If you want to know more about life among the icebergs, check out North, Chris & Jane's blog from Uummannaq.
You can read our 2005 cruise journal or access all 27 high-res photos from Qaqortoq.
More I posts can be seen on the ABC Wednesday Anthology blog.
Others can be found via the ABC Wednesday with Mister Linky which carries a registry of participants.