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Arrival in Reykjavik
PC
08/08/2011, Brokey Yacht Harbour, Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrived safely from Nanortalik in Reykjavik in 5 1/2 days for 900 Nm.

In the end, we were quite lucky with the ice - we managed to circumvent the main icefield in front of the SSW coast. And also lucky with the wind which turned out to blow mainly from NW rather than NE. With winds up to 30-35Kn the sea was quite choppy (2-4m cross waves) which was rather uncomfortable as we were sailing at close reach, but at least we were fast.

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Iceland
Marielle
05/08/2011, Budir, Snaefellsnesi

Libellule and her 4 sailors are doing great; they managed to go through the ice and they are already half way between Greenland and Iceland.
Nous restons de notre cote encore emerveillees par notre vol en helicoptere entre Nanortalik et Narsarsuaq. Tant de nature brute. Les fjords que nous avions parcouru vu de haut. Des glaciers gigantesques a couper le souffle.
Et nous voila maintenant de retour a la civilisation. Tout est relatif, mais apres le groenland, l Icelande nous parait bien peuplee! Les icebergs nous manquent un peu a vrai dire mais nous apprecions notre petit voyage entre filles! Au programme aujourd hui: canyons, marche au bord de la mer, visite d un phare, massage de pieds sur une plage de galets noirs et pour finir la journee, tour a cheval!!!

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vol en hélicoptère
Marielle
03/08/2011, Nanortalik

... waouh! le vol Nanortalik- Narsarsuak était vraiment fantastique!!!

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Preparing for the traverse to Iceland
PC
01/08/2011, Nanortalik

Just arrived again in Nanortalik where we are preparing for the 7-day traverse to Iceland. Diesel, water, food, shopping, weather forecast, icemaps, immigration, internet. Feels like being in a huge town again.

Tomorrow morning, Marielle and the girls will fly from Nanortalik to Reykjavik. The new crew for the next 7 days: Yves, Sylvain, me, and Rob, who will join us tomorrow morning, just before departure.

The ice forecast is very bad. Rather than being able to cut across south Greenland through the fjords, we will have to circumvent Kap Farvel by a wide margin. Actually, we are not yet sure how we will even get out from the coast to the open sea, as they forecast a 4-6/10 icebelt around the area.

The weather forecast is also unfavorable, as we are in the center of a big, stationary high pressure system with winds blowing from NE for the next few days.


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Iceberg
PC
01/08/2011, Qornoq

Met some heavy ice on our way back to Nanortalik

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And another typical Greenland mooring
PC
01/08/2011, Igdlukasik


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Windsurfing between icebergs
PC
31/07/2011, Sivinganerup ima

Water temperature: +2 C

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Expedition
PC
31/07/2011, Quvnerit

Met a Swiss mountaineering expedition preparing some first ascents on Quvnerit, and got invited for spaghetti in their base camp.

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Amazing fjords
PC
31/07/2011, Sivinganerup ima

Beautiful fjords surrounded by unclimbed, virgin granite peaks...

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Typical Greenland mooring
PC
30/07/2011, Qasigissat

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Iisbärge verschiebe..
PC
30/07/2011, Qasigissat

Got woken up at 02:30 in the morning by a big bang. The ice flows had started moving back into our mooring bay due to rising tide. So we got up and spent 2 hours shifting iceflows around the bay.

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Prins Christian Sund
30/07/2011

Family Cottier at Semerunerit glacier in Prins Christian Sund

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Torssukatak
PC
29/07/2011, Torssukatak

Mayou navigating happily around Tassukatak fjord, world famous with mountain climbers because of its 1200m high granite sea cliffs

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Anchorage with humpback whale
PC
28/07/2011, Pamiagdluk

Received a visit at sunset by a humpback whale, we were probably disturbing her in her bay...

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Arrivée à Nanortalik
M
28/07/2011, Nanortalik, SSW Greenland

1500 habitants, loin de tout...

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rose, bleu ou violet?
M
28/07/2011

inspiration pour la couleur de notre maison...

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tous plus incroyables que les autres
M
28/07/2011

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zig zag au travers des icebergs
M
28/07/2011

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simplement magique!
M
28/07/2011

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hospitalité groenlandaise
M
28/07/2011

lors d'une marche, nous nous sommes faits invités à boire le thé chez une famille très sympathique vivant loin de la civilisation, ... endroit idyllique... et quelle n'était pas notre surprise d'apprendre que même la reine du Danemark avait eu le même honneur trois jours avant...

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