- Aug. 19 2013 - Pond Inlet, Baffin Island - Nunavut
- Wow, have we been busy.
- After departing Kangerlussuaq, the
ship continued north, up the Greenland west coast where we visited
some of the same communities we we at earlier in the week such
as Sisimiut and Ilulissat. Weather conditions were not as good
and big storm was moving in from the west, just as we were preparing
to make our second crossing of the Davis Strait, back into Canadian
- There were times when the waves were
crashing over the bow of the ship, and were hitting the windows
of the bridge, which is about 40 feet above the main deck! Luckily,
I was not too seasick, and managed to keep my breakfast down,
but it was a struggle at times. The good news is that we were
able to film one of the things we really wanted to capture: An
arctic storm at sea.
- When the storm finally calmed down,
and the waters became more flat, we were finally able to take
in more of the scenery which included a gigantic ice island.
Much larger than any iceberg we had seen so far, this 2 mile
long piece of floating ice was humongous!
- Once at the small town of Pond Inlet,
we were able to go ashore, meet quite a few of the local native
Inuit people and we even got a cultural demonstration of athletics,
dance and singing. This marks the real start of our Northwest
Passage journey. From here on in, we'll be going through the
interior channels and straits that will hopefully, allow us to
make it to Cambridge Bay. The sea ice coverage may become an
issue in a few days... We shall see.