Day 10: Qeqertarsuaq

 
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Qeqertarsuaq: In town

The team arrived in Greenland!  First stop, the coastal village of Qeqertarsuaq.  Once an important whaling centre, the town, with its many multi-coloured houses and whalesbone arch greeting visitors, lay under towering 1,000 metre bluffs.

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Qeqertarsuaq: View from a mountain top

Large mountains tower over Qeqertarsuaq.  The expedition team embarked on a hiking excursion through the mountains to explore the natural life living in these hills.

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Qeqertarsuaq: Receding glaciers

Glaciers can be found in and around Qeqertarsuaq.  With the changing climate many of these glaciers face new challenges.

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Day 10: Qeqertarsuaq

 
Buildings in a village and a harbour full of boats.
 
 
 
 
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A peaceful place with stunning views!

The community of Qeqertarsuaq relies largely on tourism and fishing. It has a population of about 900. Some of the students and expedition team bravely hiked up to the Lyngmark Glacier above the village, and enjoyed some spectacular panoramic views of Disko Bay and thousands of icebergs.

Boats docked in a harbour.
 

Life at the water's edge

This is an example of a type of algae known as Nostoc commune lining the shorelines. This plant is extremely cold resistant and is used as a food source for humans as well as other animals. It also provides habitat for many marine species.

A close up of Nostoc commune.
 

A receding glacier

At the top of this mountain the team encountered a glacier that has been severely receding.

At the base of a large glacier.
 

Icebergs

Icebergs the size of city buildings surround the town. They travel along the coast and out to sea.

Icebergs in water.
 

View of Qeqertarsuaq

This was an incredible vantage point to see the town of Qeqertarsuaq. Traces of settlements between five and six thousand years old have been found here.

Overlooking the town of Qeqertarsuaq.
 

Glacial changes

This area used to be covered by a glacier. There are 247 glaciers around Qeqertarsuaq. Of these, over 70% have shown to be receding since the mid 1950s.

A glacier.