Hike around Tasiilaq in East Greenland
August 18th, 2009
Today we fly with an Airiceland Fokker-50 aircraft from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland, from where motorboats driven by Inuit hunters brings us to Tasiilaq, the home base from where all the excursions to East Greenland will leave the next days. In the afternoon we do a relaxing trek around the hills behind Tasiilaq.
We arrive in Tasiilaq in late morning under a cloudy, but improving, sky.
We cross the Tasiilaq town to catch a trail to nearby lakes.
In East Greenland there are probably more dogs than humans, as they are very important to hunt and to move during the long arctic winter.
We hike near the cemetery, crossing flower fields which you would not expect to see at this latitude.
Sometimes the tundra and the flowers make rocky gardens which seem artificially made.
The hike continues around small lakes near Tasiilaq.
Mushrooms, flowers and fruits (like blackberry and blueberry) are very common over the tundra.
Very often, rocks and stones have precise linear patterns which seems hand-made.
We climb over an hill overlooking the town of Tasiilaq.
Finally, we go back to Tasiilaq, to spend the first night.