Enjoying the ice

  • Un dimanche sur la banquise
  • Epaisseur banquise Qikiqtarjuaq 7mars2014
  • Reception 640kg de materiel scientifique

Friday, the icemeter surveyed about 100km of fjords, south of Qikiqtarjuaq, to the entrance of North Pangnirtung Fiord. Beautiful. A privilege to travel on a smooth ice, although snowy, surrounded by mountains and fascinating cliffs.

At the end of the fjord starts Akshayuk Pass, which crosses Auyuittuq National Park to Pangnirtung. It attracts hikers and adventurers of all kinds, summer and winter. Among the first of the season, despite still low temperatures, four runners visited us on board Vagabond before attempting to run the 140km within 48 hours. Soon there will be an attempt by bike! Usually in this season are skiers.

Saturday, with Leelee, we went seal hunting, but we only found breathing holes that had not been used recently... empty-handed. Anyway, it was a great day on the ice!

Sunday, south of Broughton Island, in a nice and warm cabin, Sammy, Philip, Yves and Eric got ready to dive under the ice, helped by wifes and children. Nobody gets tired of these shared moments and everyone feasts on clams.

Thirty boxes of scientific equipment sent by the team of Takuvik finally arrived yesterday... the same day as the first chicks hatch! Swiss residents have brought eggs and made ​​an incubator here, to the amazement of Inuit who had never seen chicks!

It's now time for scientific field work!

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