Day 3 in Tasiilaq also started out completely foggy, so I headed out with two other girls – Lucia, a photographer staying in Tasiilaq for a month to photograph the area, and Nicole – to see the hide of a polar bear that had been shot about 2 weeks ago near town. It wasn’t as big as I expected, but perhaps it wasn’t fully grown?
Then, given it was finally perfectly clear, we decided to tackle the mountain behind Tasiilaq – Qaqqartivakajik. Robert said to head for the large satellite dish and then just keep going up the ridge to the top. OK! The first part wasn’t too difficult, and gave some great views of the colourful buildings of Tasiilaq (the largest settlement in East Greenland) against the backdrop of the fjord.
We discovered some unexpected lakes
And had some great views of the fog that was lingering just outside the fjord.
This is where Lucia and Nicole left me. They headed back down and I kept going up.
In the end, I didn’t make it to the top. I couldn’t find a path and it was bloody steep. I stopped probably about 100m short and, given I couldn’t see how the view would change anyway, decided that was far enough. The last thing I wanted was to fall and injure myself the day before I started the 12-day Unplugged Wilderness Trek! From my stopping place, I had a spectacular view of the lakes that I’d explored yesterday on my hike in the Flower Valley.
And the lake I was going to hike to yesterday until I realized that the fog would have been obscuring it anyway.
It was a gorgeous panorama!
Made my way carefully back down and ended up sitting out on the balcony of The Red House again, enjoying the evening light and watching the fog inch its way up the fjord.