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  1. Yeah, try saying that mouthful ... well, at all. But nevertheless, it's where I'll be going in about three weeks. It's one of the very few settlements in East Greenland, one of the world's most sparsely populated and isolated areas.

    I'll be travelling on the Professor Molchanov, an ice-strengthened Russian former research vessel.

    Certain to see: fjords (the world's biggest fjord system, in fact), glaciers, ice bergs (of many types and sizes), remains of old inuit settlements, modern-day inuit, lots of sea birds.

    A good chance of seeing: aurora borealis, musk ox, other wildlife.

    A good chance of failing to see: whales, polar bears.

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    2. Sharessa

      Sharessa

      Lots of warm clothing, I suspect.

      Hey, what the Hell? Suddenly my 'post reply' box isn't very small. It's back to the size it was in IE...

    3. Grazza

      Grazza

      Csonicgo said:

      How does one live in the freezing cold like that and not go insane

      Sadly this is not a rhetorical question. The suicide rate in Greenland is high. However, the cold climate is not exactly a new problem for the inuit, and the blame tends to be placed on alcoholism, and the fact that it is increasingly hard for them to make a living by traditional (or other) means.

      link of some relevance

    4. Grazza

      Grazza

      A final batch of photos. The first four are from around J.A.D. Jensen Fjord, a little south along the coast from Nansen Fjord.

      One of many icebergs around the entrance to the fjord. This one is partly clear, and partly dirty, from being on the underside of a glacier.
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      A fairly big iceberg of an irregular shape. I got the feeling that it was flipping me off, oddly enough. Note the archway and icicles hanging down over it.
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      Part way up a stranded glacier.
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      A close-up of the surface of that glacier. Lower down it had been more wispy; higher up it became harder and more jagged.
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      Morning light in Mikis Fjord.
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      View out across Mikis Fjord, shortly after starting off on a hike across boulders and streams.
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      An iceberg in Kangerdlugssuaq (East Greenland spelling) that looked a bit like a swan.
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      Another iceberg (quite a large one) in Kangerdlugssuaq, this time resembling a rodent.
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      Sorry for the lack of aurora pictures. While I got some that with a bit of tweaking are recognizable as aurora, they really don't do it justice at all.

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