Snowfall and an Arctic Sunset
I awoke this morning and the view out my window was magnificent. Powdery snow had fallen everywhere. As the rain clouds cleared and the snow came, a quiet calm morning followed by a surreal sunset in the afternoon made for a perfect day. Now this is what I expected of November in the Arctic Circle.
The snow may have made getting around a bit trickier today, but it was so pretty I barely minded. With a low level of planned activities, I was able to breathe in the arctic air, and enjoy seeing the town as it often looks in late fall and winter. The snow clings to rooftops and the textures of the mountains are visible even from far away. The water in the harbor was more visible with the rain cleared as well. The icy water was calm, with colors that changed by the minute as the sun rose and then set again in early afternoon. Without wind, the wintry weather was welcomed. While I have more to share about our ongoing work, tonight I just need to share the quiet beauty of this day.
11/4/2021 08:55:34 pm
It's so beautiful there! I can't believe people actually live in areas this lovely! I have always found it funny that Greenland is filled with such snow and ice while Iceland is filled with fields of green!
Brianna N Novotny
11/5/2021 05:32:52 am
This view is something you do not see everyday! It almost looks like it is not real because of how beautiful it is. I can imagine how quiet and peaceful it must be.
11/5/2021 07:57:15 am
These are some extremely amazing sights. I wonder what the wildlife is like out there.
11/7/2021 07:42:51 am
In town, luckily just dogs and birds and such. But if you venture outside of town you have to be careful of wildlife like polar bears (which you do not want to run into...)! Sometimes you'll see a whale in the harbor too (I have not seen one yet...that would be amazing).
11/5/2021 08:10:09 am
These pictures are absolutely beautiful and the color in the sky is magnificent. So happy you are enjoying your time!
11/5/2021 01:25:41 pm
The views are absolutely stunning, I'm so jealous. The sunset reflecting off of the water is breathtaking, the sky looks never ending as well. Looking at he the whale bone arch really makes me think about how large whales actually are, I underestimate their size.
11/7/2021 07:43:57 am
I thought the same thing when I stood under it Jeimi!
11/5/2021 03:12:31 pm
These are some of the most amazing views I have ever seen before!! I would love to wake up to a view like that everyday! I’m glad it’s no longer raining and we’re seeing some snowfall.
11/5/2021 05:07:38 pm
What an absolutely gorgeous place!
11/5/2021 05:56:55 pm
This is a view I can usually never see this is awesome!!! I would love to just see the horizon every day if it wasn't for the cold to be honest!! How is the nights over there are there a lot of stars that you can be able to see? This is so cool to see the water like that !
11/5/2021 07:54:19 pm
Sisimiut looks amazing with all of the snow! I love the mountains in the background. I also love the colorful houses against the snow and mountain backdrop. I wonder how/where that style originated? It is a very interesting choice of color for houses, and it seems that it is unique to Greenland.
11/5/2021 08:19:09 pm
It is so beautiful there! I bet it was peaceful waking up to that view. I can’t believe how early the sun sets over there already. I don’t know if I would like shorter days, but I think I would compromise with those sunsets! The snow makes it even prettier. I also thought the whale bone arch was very cool, I haven’t ever seen something like that.
11/5/2021 08:23:43 pm
Such amazing sights, it looks so beautiful up there! How long or short are the days up there? I imagine that this late in the year they must be getting pretty short especially up in the Artic Circle. I wonder if they observe daylight savings in Greenland? I don't think it would make much sense to have the darkest half of the year lose an hour of sunlight.
11/7/2021 07:49:31 am
They do observe DST! We went back an hour last weekend (a week before the US did). The days are getting shorter and shorter until December 21st, the darkest day. Some teens I spoke with said that day is actually celebrated like a holiday (same with the days of the midnight sun in June)
11/5/2021 10:33:27 pm
Thanks for all the updates. The sunset is so bold and beautiful - I wish I was there! I love cold places. Thanks so much for sharing with us. The colorful houses remind me of Finland or Norway. Looking forward to seeing more of your trip!
11/6/2021 04:59:30 am
So gorgeous! So thankful you’re able to share with all of us!
11/6/2021 10:10:31 am
With views like these I would never get anything done! The size of that whale bone arch is fantastic, especially with the sun right behind it!!
11/6/2021 12:36:15 pm
These images are some of the most stunning that you have posted so far. The lighting in the sky is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I truly enjoy the palette of colors used on the architecture. The vibrant colors make it seem as if it feels warm and cozy despite the cold weather. The whale bone is quite interesting. I wonder about how long it has been there and what circumstances led to those whale bones being placed there. Anyway, these sights make me wonder if I would want to even come home after a visit.
11/7/2021 05:40:40 am
It looks so cozy there, despite the snow. The area itself is so aesthetic! Is there a lot of ice patches to look out for while walking due to all the water? And is the arch really made of whale bone?
11/7/2021 07:51:08 am
Cozy is the perfect word for Greenland in November, MaKenna. Its cold outside but a sense of coziness is everywhere.
11/7/2021 06:29:46 pm
It truly is so beautiful there. The rocky/hilly terrain covered in the snow is just so pretty especially at sunset. I really like the whale bone arch, are there a lot of decorative or structural objects that they use whale bones for is that just something unique?
11/7/2021 08:28:54 pm
These are all super pretty! I love how the fresh snow helps to further bring out the beauty of the area! Also I love how all the houses are brightly colored to help them stand out in the monochrome landscape.
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I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. In fall of 2021, I led an experiential eLearning project connecting US students (and others) with the people, places, and industries of Greenland. I redesigned a research trip into a virtual field trip for my students who didn't have any Study Abroad options. All of the videos, photos, interviews, and storytelling are still here to enjoy!