Springtime in Greenland

'Im now sitting outside my cabin here in Breddebugt, 4 hours walk North of Ilulissat. The sun is warming and the lovely springtime has arrived here in Greenland
I'm sorry for the lack of updates so far, with lack of power and Internet, finding time to write a blogpost was hard. So big thanks to Hotell Arctic (4 star Hotell/5 star conference centre) for giving me free Internet whenever I need to update the blog, and GreenAdventure for giving me Solar panel and battery from GoalZero. With this equipment now installed here in the cabin, writing should be easier.

With all that said, I think it's time for a recap.

I left Alaska the 10th of April, a sad day with a lot of good byes. Hopefully not to long before ill be back to that northern state. In Seattle I stayed a few hours, and managed to nearly loose my flight. I had to sprint through the whole airport (and it's not a small one) to get on board. Talking dog mushing while eating a good burger makes you loose track of time! Sweaty and out of breath, but I got on the plane, and I was headed for Reykjavik, Iceland.

Big thanks goes out to Karl Birkir and Anna for giving me a place to stay, and lending me a bike to get around town. I had never been in Iceland before, but this time I didn't get to see much more than Reykjavik, and the road from the airport. Defiantly a place worth coming back to, and do some more exploring of the mountains and fjords.

After two days in town, I boarded my AirIceland flight headed for Ilulissat, a beautiful flight that took us over Greenland and some beautiful mountains, before we arrived after 3 hours.
I quickly left some of my luggage in town, before I headed out to make camp. The tent was raised on a hill, looking down over Breddebugt. A beautiful view from my tent of the small bay, and out towards Disco Island. At this spot I stayed for two weeks, taking some long and short trips in the mountains, and one day walked to the settlement of Rodebay, a town of 40 people.

Running dogs in a fan

Running dogs "the Greenland way" is certainly different than what I'm used to from Norway and Alaska. First of all, the sled doesn't have any runners extending behind the handlebar, so you can't stand behind ready to use the brake, or steer the sled in tight turns. "Why stand when you can sit?" as Konrad put it, the guy who lets me stay here and has helped me with everything.
So, there we sit on the sled, good and comfortable on top of some pillows and a reindeer skin. In front of us is 8 dogs, all hooked up in a big fan. All the dogs running beside each other, all the tug lines attached to one point near the sled, except the leader who have a longer tug line, and is running a few feet ahead.

As we run on a nice and flat trail, my first thought is "This is definitely the most comfortable way of mushing", as the sun is warming my face. The mountains here is enormous, and very steep. So the first time we are to descend one of these mountains, comfortable would be the last word I would use to describe it with. Most of my fright was obviously because I didn't know how it was gonna happen. Before the biggest hills we stopped the team, and moved all the dogs behind the sled, just letting the tug lines go in between the runners underneath the sled. Now, as long as the dogs are trained well, they will stay behind the sled, and you can safely get down the mountain at a reasonable speed. I am definitely impressed by how well behaved the dogs are. In the middle of a run, or right before taking of we can detach all the tug lines to untangle them, and the dogs will just sit there and wait. Do that with a team of Alaskan Huskies and you wouldn't have many dogs left (in most cases anyway). There is no doubt that these dogs get a strict uprising. We run through some beautiful scenery, and many a time I find my jaw hanging open as I am amazed by what I see. The mountains are going straight up in the skies, as we run on some beautiful trails and over small lakes in the mountains. The snow is scares, and many a time I would hang onto the sled all I could, as we would be bouncing off rocks, and "flying" off some rocks and landing hard on the mountain beneath. If you are not prepared, this can be pretty uncomfortable on your back!

The Cabin

My cabin is located on the North tip of Breddebugt, a small bay North of Ilulissat, and south of Rodebay, to the west lays Disco. Together with my cabin, there is several others spread throughout the bay. All of them summer cabins mostly owned by people in Ilulissat.

It is a small cabin, maybe 5x5 meters. It needs some repairs before the winter, but a cozy little place it certainly is. I use my Primus for cooking, and a petroleum heater for heating the place. A bed and a kitchen table with one of the better views available. Currently the water outside my cabin is still filled with ice, but most of the bay is now ice free.

Next weekend I'm going out on seal hunting, should be a exciting experience. That should be all for now, a little recap of everything. Hopefully not to long before next update. Follow the Facebook page for more pictures and updates. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all my sponsors for supporting me on my adventures. Please visit the "Sponsors" page for more info and links. Still to come is also part 3 and 4 of my Yukon Quest summary, so stay tuned.