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.

Tasiilaq - Greenland Tasiilaq dock
We arrive in Tasiilaq in late morning under a cloudy, but improving, sky.
Home in Greenland
We cross the Tasiilaq town to catch a trail to nearby lakes.
Dog sledge Greenlandic dog
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.
Tasiilaq - Greenland Tasiilaq - Greenland
Cemetery in Greenland

We hike near the cemetery, crossing flower fields which you would not expect to see at this latitude.
Campanula gieseckiana Campanula gieseckiana

Sometimes the tundra and the flowers make rocky gardens which seem artificially made.
East Greenland
East Greenland East Greenland
East Greenland

The hike continues around small lakes near Tasiilaq.
Tundra Blueberry
Red mushroom

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.
East Greenland Tasiilaq panorama

We climb over an hill overlooking the town of Tasiilaq.
Tasiilaq (Ammassalik) - Greenland Tasiilaq (Ammassalik) - Greenland
Tasiilaq (Angmassalik) - Greenland Tasiilaq (Angmassalik) - Greenland
Finally, we go back to Tasiilaq, to spend the first night.

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East Greenland travelogue

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