There was no response on the radio from the harbor authorities as I entered the harbor in Nuuk. I rafted up to one of the few other sailboats in the harbor as that seemed to be the way docking was handled in their very crowded harbor. I sought out the harbormaster in his office at the Royal Arctic Lines office to report my arrival. Customs was notified, " they will stop by the boat if they are interested". They never did. Easiest entry to another country ever! Harbor charges are in four day blocks for about $12USD.
|An amazing vista became visible as the fog lifted.|
|Steps leading down the cliff to the harbor in Nuuk|
|Tramping in the mountains|
|A few foundations and a graveyard are all that remains of Ikerasak|
Nomad was very carefully tied to the hotel's floating dock. It was lightly built for the small motorboats that everyone uses in Greenland, not big heavy schooners. Definitely a fair weather dock only, and at $20USD a night it has the distinction of being the most expensive dock in all of Greenland.
|Nomad on the little boat dock in Maniitsoq|
|The glacier at the head of Sermilinguaq fjord.|
|There were numerous waterfalls and many birds in Sermilinguaq fjord|
This remarkable day continued with more spectacular mountain scenery all the way to the anchorage at Appamiut. I spent two nights anchored in the eastern bay enjoying the scenery and doing a lot of hiking before moving on.
|Bug protection is mandatory hiking in Greenland|
|Anchored in Appamiut|
|The mountains of Hamborgerland|
|Midnight near the Arctic Circle|
|A tribute to the fishermen of Sisimiut overlooking the anchorage.|
|Growler. About the size of a pickup truck, mostly underwater.|
|A large iceberg in the fog.|
The weather in the fjords is completely different from conditions outside and Faeringe Nordhavn was no exception. The sunshine and good sailing wind that disappeared at the entrance was replaced with dense fog on a glassy calm ocean. Getting closer to Disko Bay, icebergs were becoming more numerous along the coast. there were a few off shore but most were grounded near shore. These were all clearly visible on the radar, but the growlers and bergy bits that fall off of them are not. It was an tense eighteen hours getting into Aasiaat passing a few growlers that were unseen until they were next to the boat and the occasional thump of some unseen bit being shouldered aside by the bobstay.
Nomad arrived in Aasiaat at 0400 after picking her way through icebergs and narrow rocky channels in very dense fog without incident. I quit trying to explore the harbor in zero visibility conditions after carefully backing out of a cluster of small boats anchored close together. What was on the radar was different from what was on the chart, so I tied up to the first big boat that I found to put an end to a very long day.
|Aasiaat, without the fog.|