We woke up around 0700 local time to the sight of East Greenland’s lovely icebergs and a mountain on the horizon.
A visiting Portuguese scientist shared a presentation on the correlation between climate change and the health of kelp around the world.
At 1045, I gave a presentation about the different cultures that make up the cultural landscape of the Artic.
After the presentation, we had lunch and prepared for a landing at Dodemandsbugten.
We disembarked at around 1400 and were greeted with evidence of the Thule culture, including remnants of old munitions cartridges and kitchen utensils from the Second World War. Around thirty guests took a medium hike tour of Dodemandsbugten with Eva and Eduardo. We saw multiple peat houses. Eva and Eduardo talked about the general plant life and geography of the area, while I talked about the Thule culture’s peat houses and customs. We continued uphill, where we spotted artic hares and some summer tent rings, probably from the Thule culture.
On the way back to the landing site, we spotted cairns that seem to be graves from the Thule culture, and we talked about burial customs of the Thule people. We continued hiking with a group of guests who wanted to spot wildlife footprints.
It was a lovely afternoon in Dodemandsbugten.