Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

2018 HAL Voyage of the Vikings

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Prince Christian Sound (AKA in Danish as Prins Christian Sund) separates the mainland of Greenland from the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago.  It is at the southern tip of Greenland and connects the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea.  It is 60 miles long and very narrow–sometimes only 1600 ft wide.  The only settlement along the sound is Aappilattoq with a population of about 150.  This long fjord system is mostly surrounded by steep mountains—some reaching over 7,200 ft high.  Many of the glaciers go straight into the water where they calve icebergs.  However, strong tidal currents often limit the formation of ice.

This is a journey full of breathtaking glaciers and mountains and waterfalls.  And the village of Aappilattoq is quite picturesque, also!

Cruising through Prins Christain Sund
Cruising through Prins Christain Sund
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As you can see, we continue to enjoy cloudy skies with a constant overcast relieved ocaissionally by heavy fog and the melodic sound of the fog horn.
None-the-less, the scenery is beautiful!
None-the-less, the scenery is beautiful!
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We pass the only little village we’ve seen all day! Can you imagine living here? This is miles from anywhere! How do they get their food and provisions? Does Domino’s deliver???? Ah, yes, they have a heliport seviced by Air Greenland!
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The colorful buildings are quite cheerful. I would guess that’s in response to the craggy dull-colored stone of these mountains. But I’m pretty sure that beautiful blue hue is copied from the blue of the glaciers and icebergs.
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The village of Aappilattoq. Doesn’t this photo look like a diarama diplay? Nope, I took the shot myself and can assure you–this is a really charming little place that most of us could never, ever live in! Talk about self-reliant. Talk about solitude!
mini-bergs
mini-bergs
Ice cubes!?!
Ice cubes!?!
Prins Christian Sund can look bleak.
Prins Christian Sund can look bleak.
Prins Christian Sund can look mysterious.
Prins Christian Sund can look mysterious.
And then the sun comes out and Prins Christian Sund glimmers!
And then the sun comes out and Prins Christian Sund glimmers!
Prins Christian Sund where the clouds come down to visit.
Prins Christian Sund where the clouds come down to visit.
Prins Christian Sund where the glaciers are huge but mostly un-named...
Prins Christian Sund where the glaciers are huge but mostly un-named…
...and the waterfalls are everywhere!
…and the waterfalls are everywhere!
Another view of a glacier.
Another view of a glacier.
And another.  Just look at that clear, still water!
And another. Just look at that clear, still water!
The blue color is a result of air being compressed.
The blue color is a result of air being compressed.
Isn't it gorgeous.
Isn’t it gorgeous.
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And, of course, the ice bergs will have the blue coloring, too, when they calve and float away.
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We took a lot of photos because everything we saw was fabulous! Can’t show them all–but trust me, this is an amazing part of the world to visit.
A mini berg and 2 waterfalls.
A mini berg and 2 waterfalls.
More glacier.
More glacier.
How many ways can you say beautiful, fabulous, amazing???
How many ways can you say beautiful, fabulous, amazing???
And now a boulder that looks ready to dive in for a swim.
And now a boulder that looks ready to dive in for a swim.
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And all too soon, we approach the North Atlantic Ocean once again and exit the Prince Christian Sound. The Sund cruising is at an end.

 

Still on our way to Reykjavik, Iceland!

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