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Kangerlussuaq: The Final Stop

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

The Northwest Passage Day 17

Kangerlussuaq is located at the end of a 190 kilometer fjord, one of the longest in the world. It used to be a military refueling stop for the USA during World War 2. We’d be flying out of their airport. It’s a small town, without a dock big enough for the ship, so we were shuttled to the land by Zodiac. And then bussed to the town, which was about 15 minutes away.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Our flight wouldn’t arrive until late afternoon, so we went on a “Muskoxen safari” to search for the elusive creature. The bus took us to the top of a mountain that was outfitted with some sort of communicaion equipment, most likely installed by the US for military purposes, but I’m not sure what it’s used for today. We were able to see the Greenland icecap in the distance. What a dramatic landscape!

On our way back to the airport, we finally saw a shabby-looking muskox by the side of the road. It was too close to the road, so we had to stay in the bus to admire him. Like bison, muskox can be aggresive.

Seventeen days, two countries, and amazing journey. With all the adjustments to the itinerary, this is the final route.

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