Last night I arrived to Sisimiut, a city inside the Arctic Circle. After a clear day in Nuuk that provided a better glimpse of the beautiful capital, a small Air Greenland plane took Hans, Alice, and I (Team post) north.
Yesterday (November 1st) was a planned travel day. The first events of Greenland Science Week were starting in Sisimiut, a city 200 miles (320km) up the coast. We had no formal plans other than getting back to the airport. Alice and I checked out of our rented rooms and had a few hours to spare. We were welcomed at the archives division of the Greenland National Museum & Archives and spent the spare hours getting a look at the University of Greenland and the National Archives, which share a building right on the water. I was able to secure an interview and more formal tour that I can photograph/video for you all next week, so stay tuned for more about the work of Greenland's National Archives! Prior to the informal tour, Alice and I wanted to head to the water. The day was much more clear than when we arrived so we had proper views of the surrounding landscape. It was....breathtaking. Let me allow the coastline to speak for itself here....
After the morning walk around the water, Alice and I were given an informal tour of the University of Greenland. I have always loved getting a glimpse into universities outside the United States. Could you even enroll in a university in another country? What might be the biggest hurdle to finishing a degree outside the country where you were raised? What would be the biggest benefits? Here is a quick look...for anyone interested in enrolling in the University of Greenland - Ilisimatusarfik!
In mid-afternoon, we headed back to the airport for our flight to Sisimiut. It was a bit delayed. We landed in Sisimiut after dark, but the weather was rather mild. A fine greeting from the Arctic Circle. It was incredibly exciting to step foot inside the Arctic Circle for the first time. It feels a bit like a life achievement, to say I ventured this far north in our world. While I didn't get much of a view of Sisimiut last night, I could already tell it would be a colorful place to explore. Looking forward to reporting back tonight on this Greenlandic city!
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. This fall, I will be recording a research trip to Greenland as a virtual field trip for my students (and anyone else interested). Join us as we travel to the Arctic and learn about life in the far north.