The ice cap
Since getting from place to place overland by foot usually far exceeds the timeframe of a stay, flying is one way--and the most sensible way in summer--to see some more of this country. The ice cap is far inland, and every year it moves further inward. On foot, it would be a pretty tough expedition, not so much because of the distance, but rather the lack of paths and the unpredictable nature of the terrain and the dangers of the wilderness in general. "Be careful with the dogs" we heard from the Inuit daily. What is a cute sight here in the city ...
There are more Huskies than Inuit and therefore they really are everywhere. In the summer they have nothing to do and are usually lying around bored on leashes in large areas near the houses or are raising their puppies.
But that's another story.
But squeezing into the small plane has its real rewards. The ice, the land. An incredible sight. If you fly a little lower, the updrafts of the ice cap shake the plane violently.
Greenland is a country with many faces and a beautiful landscape that is subject to constant change. A week before our visit there had been almost one and a half feet of snow on the ground.
In the sun and one of the sheltered corners you can enjoy this view in just a sweater. If the wind shifts, however, and comes from the ice cap, you need several jackets to compensate for this drop in temperature.
The winds may arise suddenlyFuture
The problems in this country are the alcoholism among young people, the great despair of the parents in the daily struggle for survival and the waning of traditions.
Now it becomes clear why Greenlanders are not very excited about the rest of the world. If the world gets upset that the Inuit in Greenland hunt seals for their own use and even Greenpeace feels it must intervene, then one should simply imagine that all of Greenland has the number of inhabitants of a small town (about the size of Baden-Baden or Springfield Oregon, USA). As if they did not have enough problems already, this nation’s population is shrinking because people are now killing themselves out of desperation.
- Leica M9
- Summilux.M 1.4/50mm asph.
- Elmarit-M 2.8/28mm asph.
- Elmar-M 2.8/90mm
- Gitzo tripod
- Sony RX-1