After two days of travelling from London to Greenland (via Copenhagen), we arrived at Arctic Station in Qeqertarsuaq, our home for the next week or so. Though the journey was fairly long, it was exciting, including a stop in Copenhagen (allowing for sightseeing) and a 3 hour delay in Aasiat while waiting for a good weather window. In the end, the delay was welcome, as we were able to make the most of Air Greenland’s impressive hospitality, tucking into coffee and cake(s) (cinnamon and coffee for those of you interested).The views of East Greenland as we began to fly across the ice sheet were incredible, as were the icebergs in Disko Bugt. By the end of the journey our camera trigger fingers were well worn out! When we arrived in Qeqertarsuaq we were met by the station’s technical manager (Akaar) in his pick-up truck, and ferried the short distance to Arctic Station with our heavy luggage.
Arctic Station is a large building close to the heliport, built in 1906 to help facilitate scientists working in this area of West Greenland.
Looking through the guestbook it was possible to see the huge variety of scientists who have stayed and worked in this area over the year. Once we got our equipment indoors we met Ole the station manager, and the other groups working at the field centre, including geographers, political ecologists, and biologists. After unpacking all our equipment we settled into our dormitory while a brew while looking at the thermometer which read 20°C inside, and -14°C outside…..