The wonderful visit to Greenland ended with a few days in the capital city of NUUK (18,000 people).
Here are some pictures (and a few comments) as I wandered around.
My first stop was at their very excellent Natural History Museum. I spent almost three hours there, soaking up the displays and very informative content.
I few pictures are included here. There was lot’s more that I saw, learned and snapped, but that would require a small pamphlet (not a blog post).
One of several displays of traditional “costumes” (special occasion wear) that varied by region
This drawing is of a Viking “settlement” boat (note the livestock on board)
This is an Inuit whaling boat which was found abandoned on a beach by an abandoned settlement in the very far north
The picture below is the museum’s description of this unique relic – more than 500 years old.
Another umiaq and a collection of Kayaks (which varied from region to region, depending on the local custom, the builders and, very importantly, the available materials
This is a statue of Hans Eged (31 January 1686 – 5 November 1758) was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland, which led him to be styled the Apostle of Greenland. He established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in the island after contact had been broken for hundreds of years. He founded Greenland’s capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk.
More “native dress” in a sewing cooperative that continues and promotes the old traditions
Too cute to NOT take a picture – “herding” Kindergarten Kids
Sedna – goddess and creator of all the sea creatures (some say of all animals)
The legend of the sea goddess, though known in various regions by different names, is one of the most widespread of Inuit myths.
Modern Nuuk – the capital (building) of the country, housing all government offices
“Post Modern” Nuuk – I didn’t try it
This was the “last adventure” – a four hour, open boat, water taxi ride into a few of the fiords of one of the largest archipelagos in Greenland.
A bit bulky, but appropriately warm
A beautiful last afternoon in Greenland
A local fisherman
An “end of the season” waterfall, reduced to a trickle by the approach of winter which reduces the out-flow from the glacial source
Good bye, Greenland. It’s been nice getting to know you
And now off to Iceland !
(on October 2nd – running a bit late – too much to see, absorb and experience)