Greenland – Nanortalik #1


Greenland is the world’s largest island – excluding the island-continent of Australia.  The majority of the island – well over 1,000 miles from North to South, is covered in ice.  Human settlements are confined to the coast.  I was lucky enough to be in Greenland in September 2008, when, unusually, the weather was beautiful – the sky clear blue, the temperature just like a British early summer.  I have already published, on March 30th this year, some of my photographs of the icebergs and ice floes in the Ice Fiord.  See:  ‘Ancient Ice’ .  The views were dramatic, but the place which captivated me most was the small town of Nanortalik on the South-West coast of the country.  It is an isolated community, without road connection to other settlements or to the Greenland capital of Nuuk.  Over the next three weeks I shall publish, on Thursdays, some of the photographs which I took in and around NANORTALIK . . .

A generic map of Greenland

Map of Greenland showing NANORTALIK in the South West of the island

 

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Local inhabitants wearing traditional costume – for the tourists!

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The ‘Head Stone’

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Local children atop the Head Stone

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View of part of the town looking inland to the mountains behind

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Approaching the village and its church

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No trees, but plenty of grasses and wild flowers

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Getting nearer to the church

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The town’s Danish Lutheran Church

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Church interior

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Cannon – early town defences

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Setting out on a rowing boat – sunlight shining through the seal-skin hull

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