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    I found this interesting site on the web: http://www.arcticimages.com/index.htm
    Unfortunately the images are copyrighted and for sale, but it is allowed to look for free at least.

    Since there doesn't appear to be a thread dedicated to Arctic, and since several CV Members are travelling- or have travelled- in the Arctic, this new thread may attract some more post soon.

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    A great link....

    The Polar Eskimos in Thule think that sitting on fur of a Polar Bear head in their Kayaks give them the best luck when hunting.
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    • #3
      Greenland #1 – Sisimiut

      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
      ....Since there doesn't appear to be a thread dedicated to Arctic, and since several CV Members are travelling- or have travelled- in the Arctic, this new thread may attract some more post soon.
      Sounds like this could include me! My entire trip aboard Fram along the west coast of Greenland was indeed north of the Arctic Circle. So here you will find those photos of Greenland that haven’t been posted into more appropriate and much-loved threads elsewhere on this forum – threads such as Fishing boats of the world and Abandoned boats, Abandoned houses and properties, various aviation threads, the new thread Greenlanders in People of the World, and of course those pages devoted to the ship Fram herself.

      I will start by showing you those pictures of Sisimiut that have not already appeared elsewhere. And I’ll begin, as did that day, down by the harbour. Those photos that show more detail of ships and boats have appeared elsewhere, but here you may see them again in the context of their surroundings. Fishing is hugely important to the town. Its harbour is ice-free throughout the year, there is a container terminal with all the associated facilities, and the Royal Greenland factory is one of the world’s largest producing shelled shrimp.







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        • #5
          Greenland is so tempting as an exotic destination... maybe in combinaton with a round trip in the 'area'.. (as in Iceland also).

          Love the fact that they are so colorful there. Makes fantastically great photo-objects.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          • #6
            As I made my way up from the harbour, the colourful houses were indeed attractive subjects for a camera.






            I don’t quite know what it is that somehow makes other peoples laundry an appealing element in a picture! For sure in a treeless landscape the wind becomes visible in the billowing sheets, but maybe it just makes a very human connection with the occupants of the houses, even when there is no one to be seen.






            The road continues in the direction of the distinctive mountain, Kællingehætten.









            Further towards the edge of the town, the houses give way to blocks of flats, those dating from the 1960’s the least attractive. Some are reminders of a period when the Danish administration attempted to improve living conditions for the scattered population by depopulating smaller village settlements and relocating people to the towns with their centralised facilities. But what might seem appropriate in Denmark was not necessarily successful for Greenland. The simple requirements of a rather traditional hunting and fishing culture were not always allowed for – where does an inhabitant of an upper floor apartment mend nets or tether his sled dogs? Many traditional values were ignored and in some instances this led to a degree of social breakdown. But with time things have improved as a new generation includes many well-educated Greenlanders who return from studies abroad to work as managers, as teachers, and in other professional capacities, and appreciate a modernised apartment home.





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            • #7
              I want to go Greenland......
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #8
                So interesting to see the bright color of the buildings. I suppose with such a long gray winter color is a very welcome thing.

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                  More colour for you! Modern Sisimiut has a number of shops and a supermarket . . .


                  . . . and even an attractive sculpture.


                  This is the cake shop and cafe.





                  So that is how to spell kayak!

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                  • #10

                    The cemetery.





                    The last buildings on the edge of the town.



                    The things that get left around – cables . . .


                    . . . sleds and canisters.

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                    • #11
                      Awesome images, absolutely awesome images.

                      And the best part, seems like you had great sunshine on your visit as well!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                        I see the foundation and the line neatly coiled and ready for whaling, but not the harpoon gun itself. Was there one??

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                        • #13
                          There wasn’t. In fact what caught my eye was the neatness and newness of that rope compared with some dilapidated aspects of the boat.
                          It was however my first impression of a Greenlandic harbour on my very first landing.

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                            Here through a whalebone arch I am taking a glance back at modern houses before visiting the Museum which is housed in a number of well preserved buildings from the colonial period.


                            This was the first national church in Greenland, the local congregation being able to afford such a building due to the proceeds of whaling. From the year of its consecration, 1775, it was in use as a church until 1926, when a larger new church was built nearby.


                            Here is a reconstructed peat house, still a typical house in Greenland in the early 20th century.





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                              This is the former Commander’s residence, and is the oldest building in Sisimiut, dating from 1755. It was actually constructed in Norway, and then dismantled and shipped to Greenland!





                              An attractive image of Sisimuit taken from a popular viewpoint, and with it we will leave – I have posted rather a lot of photos of the town, and you are no doubt becoming impatient, wondering when you will see your first iceberg!

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