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Qalupalik wrote:Josh, re https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=1692163#p1692163 thanks for that picture of west Greenland. It reminds me of the many sunrises I've watched over the mountains by Itilleq when living in Sisimiut. Here is an annotated version.

Amerloq Fjord was visited during an expedition to re-establish contact with early Norse settlers by the English explorer James Hall or Jakob Hall as known to the Danes who financed him. He took some natives captive on a visit in 1605 and during a subsequent visit in July 1612, accompanied by William Baffin on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, he was murdered by relatives of the kidnapped. There's now a rather unexciting rock named in Hall's honour just outside Sisimiut harbour. A few miles into that fjord is the abandoned cod fishing settlement of Assaqutaq. Some photos I took of it are here.

Some photographs looking towards your vantage point from Sisimiut are 1, 2, 3, and 4.


Thank you so much! Some magical photos of a place I’d love to visit from sea level.

Flying over Greenland in the clear is one of the great privileges of long haul flying, and to be connected with someone who can provide some local perspective is one of the joys of the internet :thumleft:
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Day 7

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The Faeroe Islands are renowned for bad weather, but today they were making an exception, just for us. Conditions along the route were ideal for flying. After yet another hotel breakfast, our taxi driver from the previous day turned up right on time and delivered us straight back to the airplane. Our top-notch handler was there again, and after very trustingly signing on the yet-to-be-finalised blank invoice, I taxied the aircraft over to meet him at the fuel pumps. There wasn’t a ladder, so to fill the tip tanks we used an over-turned picnic table. It seemed to be rush hour, as not moments after we’d shut down to fuel, 3 flying school Diamond aircraft turned up and queued behind us. It took a while as we were loading 76 gallons (at $10.60 a gallon, I miss US fuel prices terribly!)

Saying goodbye to our handler.
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Departure from Keflavik
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Geothermal plant and Blue Lagoon
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Fueling complete, and chats with the flying school members finished, we started up and taxied for departure. We took off to the west, with a left turn over the geothermal power plant before continuing along the southern coast of Iceland. To our left, the dramatic mountains and glacier of Vatnajökull National Park rose above us. To the right, along the shore, steam rose from large expanses of black sand. The volcanic heritage of the area was impossible to miss. The Icelandic shores slowly drew away to the north as we set track directly to the Faeroe Islands.

Views over Iceland:
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The next couple of hours passed quickly, the winds veering around to push us along at ground speeds of over 150kts, and no cloud to affect us. We stayed in touch with Reykjavik ATC until nearing the Faeroes, when they handed us off to Vagar Information. An Airbus A320 from the Faeroes national airline was landing ahead of us, as we set up to fly the famous waterfall arrival to runway 30. Mike had been watching multiple videos online of this routing, and used the experience he’d gleaned to smoothly direct me around for landing. The tower directed us to parking where we were welcomed by customs (who just seemed to want to say hello), and the lady from the handling agents who also helpfully turned out to run the car rental company. She led us smoothly through the airport, rented us the most expensive one-day car rental I’ve even seen, and we set off for a bit of exploring.

First views of the Faeroes:
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The waterfall arrival:
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Safe arrival!
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The scenery continued the theme of the last few days, in that it was once again stunning. We first drove out along a scenic route west of the airport, stopping every now and then to take in the views, before turning back and taking a long tunnel and then a winding mountain road to the capital city where we’d booked a night in the Hotel Hafnia. A surly lady gave us the key to our room which turned out to look out onto the somewhat noisy and aromatic extraction fan from the kitchen, to Mike’s displeasure. He returned to do battle with the receptionist and, having won her over, we were relocated to an all-round much nicer room. The only downside was that I wouldn’t be able to visit the restaurant and ask to have “whatever I smelled from the extraction fan 10 minutes ago”, which I had been rather looking forward to.

Sightseeing:
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We had dinner at a nearby hotel (nothing is very far away in the city center of Torshavn), and then drinks and dessert down by the harbour before heading back to the room. I worked on the write-ups and flight planning while Mike went out for a walk, ending up drinking with a group of locals who taught him some of the local language and then drove him home!

Out around Thorshavn:
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Thanks fro the update, Ross. What's the ongoing plan? Is that the RtW flying finished until your next 28 day off period?

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To our left, the dramatic mountains and glacier of Vatnajökull National Park rose above us. To the right, along the shore, steam rose from large expanses of black sand.

reminded me of sitting in a hotel bedroom in Vik, Iceland, looking out the window and wondering what the next 'landfall' to the south was. Turns out there was nothing between the shore I was looking at and Antartica. :shock: There's a lot of water to the south and very inhospitable, although beautiful, terrain to the north. In an SEP it can only have been magical in those conditions. :thumleft:

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Miscellaneous wrote:Thanks fro the update, Ross. What's the ongoing plan? Is that the RtW flying finished until your next 28 day off period?


Currently touring the UK a bit, but a few days behind with the website. It takes a bit of time and effort to update! Hoping to meet a few forumites near London Saturday, then off to NL, and from there back to work.

In the Scillies right now!
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