August 2018

Friday 31st August

After another stormy night we arrived in Ilulissat in Disko Bay. This is where the Ilulussat Kangerlua (Jakobshave Icefjord) meets the sea. From this icefield massive blocks of ice calve (break off) and are taken by wind and currents across the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay where they are caught by the southward flowing Labrador …

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Thursday 30th August

During last night and for most of this morning we have been battling against strong winds and high seas. A reason for this is because the Greenland ice fields are so big and high that they act upon the weather like the continent of Antarctica and blow outwards to the sea from the centre of …

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Wednesday 29th August

We concluded our visit to Copenhagen with a visit to the Rosenborg Slot built as a summerhouse for the royal family in 1606-1634 by Christian IV. When built it was surrounded by very large gardens which have now been reduced to a park known as the Kongens Have. Some rooms are open to the public …

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Tuesday 28th August

This morning we explored the oldest part of Copenhagen, known as Christianshavn on the island Amager. Apparently there is some evidence that the earliest Europeans lived here but it was not until 1521 that Christian II engaged Dutch immigrants to use this fertile alluvial island to plant and run market gardens. In the 17th century …

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Monday 27th August

Today we flew from Manchester to a rainy Copenhagen, Denmark. Our approach to the airport took us over the Oresund with a view of Sweden, and in particular on the final approach, the bridge which links Sweden with Denmark. The bridge is a double decker with a railway line on the lower deck and motor …

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Sunday 26th August

The adventure begins! Tonight we are staying at a Manchester Airport hotel and about to dream of icebergs!!

Northwest Passage

Coming shortly our next expedition – following in the steps of John Franklin who went in search of the Northwest Passage in 1845. Two years later the expedition had not returned. Searches took more than a decade to establish that all crew members were dead and the ships lost. In 2014 and 2016 the remains …

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