2010-05-14 -- Kangerlussuaq to Akereyri

Both the weather and volcano looked good, and we left Kangerlussuaq for Akureyri. Not the quickest departure, I think we got off the ground at 10, 10:30am. The flight itself was reasonably quick. How quick, I don't exactly know; I napped.

We couldn't see a whole lot. Solid clouds below us. Just as well, all we would have seen is a lot of scary cold water.

Akureyri looked like a nice town. We didn't wander much. The humidity was at the right level, but it was a bit chilly (borderline cold) and damp and almost rainy. We also lost three hours from the time change; we got to the hotel at 4pm.

Dinner was good (though almost anything would be good after Kuujjuaq and Kangerlussuaq). No whale on the menu (dang), but there was "dolphin" something for an appetizer. I really should take pictures of the menus. And the food. Anyway, I had the monkfish with a Baldi (from Arksogssandur, at least according to the glass), a nice mild dark beer. Not bitter, not sweet, very smooth.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
Ice, shortly after departing Kangerlussuaq.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
Because we're a single engine (regardless of being the ultra reliable PT6/66d) we've got to wear these silly gumby dry suits. Over my right shoulder (the black box) is the BlueSky gps unit, and on my lap (black/green gadget) is a 406MHz ELT.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
The suits eat up a lot of space. Well, I eat up a lot of space too. The camera is stuck back in the luggage space. On the floor to my left (below the canvas bag with the blue straps) is our raft (the bit of yellow peeking out is it). In front of that are two plastic containers for holding miscelaneous stuff (under a couple of green coats and a blanket). On the blanket right under the window is the SPOT tracker.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
On approach into Akureyri. Follow the fjord up. Hills on both sides. One side looked nice.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
The other side was a little chilly.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
The valley up to Akureyki.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
A slight crosswind on landing.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
Just before touching down. Note the runway out the side window too.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 20.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
Looks like an IcelandAir hub. This appears to be Boeing 757-200, OY-FIV, "Katla", and OY-RCE and TF-FIO "Krafla".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
IcelandAir TF-FIO "Krafla".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
Indian Curry Hut in Akureyri. It smelled pretty good, but not a whole lot of space inside made me wonder if it was just pre-cooked and heated up, or worse. I was tempted, but didn't try it (we were eating dinner in about an hour).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
Not a great picture of the parents (bloody cold out there), but a great great little Viking.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 75.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/16.0, ISO 400
Guðjón Samúelson's Church of Akureyri.



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