From Sisimiut to Ilulissat

  • Pierre1er LadyDana et Vagabond a Ilulissat
  • Retrouvailles inattendues
  • Baleine a bosse
  • Debarquement sur iceberg

Sisimiut is the northern most harbour in Greenland not freezing in winter. What a difference with Qikiqtarjuaq, on the other side of the Strait, at the same latitude!

France: "Once in Sisimiut, together with our friends Celine, her son Guillaume, her mother Eliane and her cousin Anne, we enjoyed the swimming pool: the girls were expecting it for one year! It is outside, with sand at the bottom and mosquitoes as much as you want! It was fun."

Heading North. As we keep looking for the narrowest passes between islands, Vagabond hit the seabed twice! Getting over. At anchor in a little fjord, the crew enjoys fresh mussels. Fog continues, hiding the landscape.

So what a surprise to see Le Manguier right in front of us! Boats manoeuvre, and while Celine (tugboat captain) is keeping Vagabond close to the tugboat, we are happy to share some news. It's been a long time since we sailed the Northeast Passage, in 2009! France was pregnant, Leonie was two years old... Short but nice and unexpected encounter.

France: "Wonderful navigation between a lot of islands, we enjoyed seeing from very close some quiet whales, and South of Disko Bay, we also enjoyed the quiet village of Ilimanaq in the midnight sun. Then, we took the opportunity to spend time in between the impressive barrier of icebergs overflowing from the Ilulissat fjord, with a happy girl in the crow's nest. Hurray for Greenland!"

It's the ninth season for Vagabond around the big island, but it is our first stop in the most visited place in the country. When entering Ilulissat harbour, another surprise, Vagabond gets to moor alongside Peter 1st and Lady Dana 44, Russian and Polish sailboats: colleagues! Peter 1st sailed around the Arctic in 2010, in one season, the same year than the trimaran Northern Passage. We meet again, in the Russian way, but not too much as they have to go to sea around midnight.