I wasn’t expecting the sunlight to be so intense in Greenland, which is why I didn’t bring any sunblock. Big mistake! After a couple of days trekking on the Greenland ice cap with the fierce sunlight beaming down from fantastic clear blue skies, my face looked slightly overcooked. Having lived in Iceland for over a decade, you’d think I’d know better. Despite the unexpected sunburn though, our June trip to Kangerlussuaq (a small town in western Greenland) for the ice cap expedition was not only one of the most rewarding travel experiences of my life, it was also the most challenging. In addition to our expedition on the ice cap, as part of our three-day trip, which was provided by World of Greenland Arctic Circle with flights to Kangerlussuaq from Air Iceland Connect, we hiked to the Russell Glacier where we witnessed an epic carving episode, visited the wreckage of a Lockheed T-33 plane from a crash back in 1963, saw wild reindeer, hares and a herd of musk ox.Now I’m not exactly the outdoorsy type or someone who even tries to keep in good shape, which is why I spent most of my time during the ice cap expedition at the back of the trail line sounding like a train that’s run out of steam; but all in all the experience was truly incredible and when you’ve trekked countless kilometres through a labyrinth of glacial ice filled with ravines and crevasses, walked along steep snow ridges and marvelled at the brilliance of the Arctic landscape below where sensational ice lagoons sparkle in the sunlight and gushing streams of sapphire blue water carve out fantastic water slides in the ice, you soon come to realize that it’s not just the hiking that takes your breath away!
As you can see in these excellent photos from our Camp Ice Cap expedition, the views are spectacular. Seeing it all again now makes me want to jump on the next flight back to Kangerlussuaq and do it all again; this time with some sunblock!
Air Iceland Connect operate direct scheduled flights to Kangerlussuaq from Iceland during the summer.www.airicelandconnect.com
Words by Lisa Gail Shannen