Greenland adventure begins
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My flight to Ilulissat Greenland was from Romania and Copenhagen where I met up with Martin and Katrine and they kept me busy for a day with some walking around the neighbourhood.
At the Copenhagen airport on my departure to Greenland I had 1.5 hours before departure which I thought was a generous amount of time to get through security. I had no check in luggage so I should have had a lot of spare time. Unfortunately the queue through security was extremely long and it took me over 1 hour to get processed. I got to the boarding gate with only 15 mins to spare. This is not the first time I have been that close and it did not worry me too much. On the flight Tasha introduced herself to me. Tasha and Magalay were our travel companions in Greenland but I had never met them before and I did not know that they were on the same flight.
When we arrive at Ilulissat airport I was supposed to be collected by van from our apartment called Icecap Apartments. I saw I guy waiting from Icecap Hotel and thought he could be the driver so I went up to him and mentioned my name. But he had a blank look and appeared not very helpful. After another 15 mins we decided to share a taxi into the town. I went to Tasha's apartment and walked back to the hotel from there. It was just over 1km back to the hotel (I thought). When I got to the hotel they said I was at the wrong place and that the booking had been cancelled. I was looking at an old email .. I eventually found the correct place to check in.
When I arrived at the correct hotel the receptionist said that they were looking for me and thought I was lost as they expected me at the airport.
Hali was sitting on the computer and they did not want to tell her that they thought I was lost as they already knew about Hali loosing her wallet and did not want to tell her that I was lost as well ..lol. Hali had left her wallet on the plane and was busy cancelling credit cards and arranging for new ones. When I arrived several hours later she had completed all her organising and so could now relax a little and go outside and enjoy the view.
The first couple of days were very sunny and not all that cold. That was great for all the photos of the icebergs that we wanted to take. We had booked an evening cruise on a boat but that had to be cancelled as the boat could not leave the harbour due to the icebergs.
After a couple of days exploring Ilulissat we were on our way to Eqi Glacier, about a 5 hour boat ride into the fiord. The normal boat was full so we were upgraded to the faster 3 hr boat which departed at 9am rather than the 6am departure for the slower boat. Both boats arrived at the lodge at 1pm after having lunch at the base of the glacier. The glacier was making lots of noises as pieces constantly broke off from the glacier face. The day before a 0.
This is a constantly changing environment and full of many dangers. This is an isolated area so visitors are reminded to take special care. I went on the 8hr walk to the ice cap, it was quite a difficult walk with very uneven ground. The weather was good when I went on my walk but it could be unpleasant in bad weather. I got to the top but did not go onto the ice cap as I would have had to cross a river and as I was on my own I thought that might be too risky. Both Tasha and myself ended up with twisted ankles in Greenland. Lucky mine was only on the last night in Illussat so did not prevent me from going on any walks.
Eqi was well equipped and had hot showers and a restaurant. We spent 2 nights at Eqi but if you had limited time then 1 night would have been enough. We returned on the slow boat to Illussat which took 5 hours. We spent our last night in Greenland in Illussat and were due to fly early morning to Copenhagen. Unfortunately the weather was bad in Nuuk and that caused our flight to be delayed by 12 hrs. But delayed flights are common in Greenland and you should always allow and extra day for delays.
We arrived in Copenhagen in the morning by Martin who then took us back to his home where Katrine had breakfast waiting for us. After breakfast Martin and Katrine took us on a guided tour of Copenhagen, both walking and using the hired city bikes.
The 90 day Schengen Countries Visa Limit had given me a lot of grief for the year. Greenland is still in the EU and there is no passport check leaving from Copenhagen which worried me a bit as there was no record of me leaving the Schengen countries and I was on my limit of 90 days excluding Greenland. My final departure after my Greenland adventure was out of Lithuania and I was happy when I was finally leaving the Schengen countries on my way back "home"