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41. Day 8: (continued) Native Greenlander (Inuit) clothing at Qaqortoq's museum 61. An iceberg with a window, which allows you to see the distant horizon through it
42. Unusual bone sculpture style of local artists 62. Smooth grooves of another iceberg
43. Danish open-face sandwiches are popular in Greenland, since Danes have been settled in Greenland for hundreds of years 63. Skeerne ("The Spoons") as seen during trip back from Uunartoq Hot Springs
44. View of cliffs when approaching the area of Nanortalik during a flight from Qaqortoq 64. An old graphite mine seen during the boat ride back from Uunartoq Hot Springs
45. View of Nanortalik from the helicopter (Sikorsky S-61) 65. Harbor for loading gold onto ships; the actual Nalunaq gold mine is a number of kilometers inland
46. Stone houses in Nanortalik 66. A view of the back side of Kirkespiret (the "church spire"), a famous mountain loved by rock climbers; on the other side of it is Tasermiut Fjord
47. Church in Nanortalik 67. Day 10: Streak of blue in an iceberg seen during my second boat trip out of Nanortalik
48. School in Nanortalik, whose foundation has been decorated by students, a common tradition in Greenland 68. Cliffs along Tasermiut Fjord (Ketils Fjord) during boat trip to Tasiusaq, where we were to transport a politician back to Nanortalik
49. Stone head in the town of Nanortalik 69. High peaks still graced with snow in August on eastern side of Tasermiut Fjord northward of Lake Tasersuaq
50. Large boulder displaying geometric patterns, likely veins of quartz or calcite, seen during hike to a saddle near Quassuk mountain 70. A view of glaciers much further inside Tasermiut Fjord
51. View back toward Nanoralik and icebergs on the sea from the Quassuk hike 71. Village of Tasiusaq inside Tasermiut Fjord; mild weather
52. A view to another side of the island (North/East) from the Quassuk mountain saddle 72. A strange installation in Tasiusaq
53. A view to the North/West side of the island, where a curious rope of fog is sliding into the fjord 73. A house in Tasiusaq
54. The "bear stone" is a lintel left from Norse ruins from between 700-1000 years ago; surrounding mounds covered in buttercups also relate to Norse ruins 74. Lake Tasersuaq, northward and eastward from Tasiusaq. At an end of the lake out of view is the Qinngua Valley, which contains the most substantial natural "forest" in Greenland; however, there was insufficient interest (and too few tourists) to get a boat chartered during my time in Nanortalik
55. Walking back into Nanortalik after the hike; many houses seem to have front sheds 75. A lone cloud hangs low out of the natural order of things
56. Dogs are popular pets in Greenland 76. Day 11: Icebergs seen during a helicopter flight, delayed 10 hours by fog, from Nanortalik to Narsaq (with a stop in Qaqortoq); Narsaq residents told me a flood of icebergs like this normally only happens once a summer but it has happened several times this summer1 (a sign of Greenland losing its icesheet?)
57. Lodging at the main hotel in town, Hotel Kap Farvel (Cape Farewell) 77. Narsaq, viewed from the inbound helicopter; my helicopter had been delayed 10 hours due to fog; and mistakenly my luggage was dropped off one stop early
58. Fun and drinks with Greenlanders at the Hotel Kap Farvel on Friday night; followed by a trip by some to the discotheque; tried the impressive alcoholic "Greenlandic Coffee" (click here) 78. I checked in to the Hotel Narsaq and tried both reindeer and muskox carpaccio at the in-house restaurant; beware the rooms all smell smoke-tainted, even the non-smoking room; picture shows portions of the town of Narsaq
59. Day 9: Roundtrip boat ride to Uunartoq Hot Springs on Uunartoq Island; cliffs show distinctive curvilinear markings 79. Day 12: Norse farm ruin in Narsaq
60. Uunartoq natural hot springs, very shallow, water temperature about 88 F (31 C); a second hot pool is nearby but unused 80. Icebergs near Narsaq as viewed from the Norse farm ruin


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