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Jul 2016

26 July 2016; On our way to Greenland.

After leaving yesterday afternoon we saw a few whales and in the distance a few small icebergs. It looked as if they had stranded on the shore. The ice forecast had given a count of 3 icebergs on it and thus we had all the excitement that was predicted. And then the reduced visibility came in again, in all its variations. Large White banks of them interspersed with clear open areas or what came later in the day a sort of sea haze which made it hard to say whether you could see into the distance or not. The bridge took no chances and instigated watches for reduced visibility and thus the Whistle was engaged again and every two minutes we were reminded about the fact that the captain was hard at work. By lunch time the ship was out of the official ice berg area and now it will be ice free until we come to the Danish coast line. As for the ice, we will see, what and will be generated by icebergs which are calved off tide water glaciers, in the same way as we see in Alaska. As it now high summer and not sailing far enough to the north, we will not see sea-ice.  Also the amount of glaciers calving cannot be predicted. Most – real large- icebergs come from the Disko Bay area up north and are then pushed southwards by the current.  Local ice will come from the Glaciers around Qaqortoq and thus we have to wait until our approach tomorrow morning to see what is really out there. Thus today we had a sea day, crossing the southern part of the Labrador Sea with very little to see due to all this restricted visibility. As it is a long cruise, we have a large number of Lecturers on board ranging from Volcano’s and Ice, to Beavers and Eagles and stories about travelling all around the world. We also have a dance team on board for those who want to spruce up their skills (or show them off………….) and then of course all […]

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