The water becomes calmer as the ship moves into the protected waters. In a few minutes the Captain announces that the tenders are being lowered and he will tells us when we can go ashore. Great save! We head to breakfast and by the time we get back to the room the ship has been cleared and the tenders are running. We are advised to dress warmly as it is about 42 degrees with a wind chill of about 31degrees....brrrrrr!
We get ourselves bundled up and with cameras in hand we head to the tenders on deck three aft. There is a good chop to the water from the wind so boarding is a little hazardous...there are two men on the platform handing the passengers off to two men in the tender, one of whom helps most people including Carolyn, down to a seat, so it takes awhile to load the 60 or so people. We are the second, maybe third tender to leave the ship. The tender docks at a small floating dock right in the middle of the town. The tourist center is right by the dock and there are some local children on the dock shyly watching us as we watch them.
Everyone makes a bee line to the information office. They have tickets for three events being put on by the locals during the day...a choral performance at the church for $10pp at 11AM and two dance shows for $15pp at the cultural center in the afternoon. There is also an open-air, living museum over by the church that consists of the original town built around the old harbor. It is $5pp at the entrance. We decide to do that as Carolyn read that it was really worthwhile. They will also take euros, dollars and Danish Kroner, the currency of Greenland. Right behind the ticket office is a tourist center with souvenirs and local crafts for sale. Here they also take credit cards. We do some shopping..Jack gets a pin, Dick gets a beautiful polar bear claw and ivory necklace and Carolyn adds a finely made basket to her collection.
We are in the new part of town so we walk along the main road seeing the homes
There is a fish market open and we peek in. The tables are covered with fresh cut up whale meat for sale.
Our next stop is the grocery store. The man at the information center had told someone who asked about a grocery that there is one, but the stock is really low due to the recent storms. The supply ships have not been able to dock. We go in and look around.
We walk on over to the church, which was built in 1916,
and then to the museum.
By now we are freezing. The wind is getting stronger and it is cutting right through our clothes. We have been walking around now for over three hours and are ready to go back to the ship.
Sail away is at 6PM. After this morning’s rocking and rolling and the wind we have had all day, we are not really looking forward to leaving our protected harbor! Sure enough, we start pitching and rolling with a vengeance as soon as we clear the narrow channel opening. It’s going to be another rough night!
We have an invitation to join entertainers Clare and Robert for dinner at 7:30PM. The ship is really moving by dinner time and the dining room is noticeably empty. We have a couple of big hits that send the tableware dancing and the stacks of china on the service counters flying about. This is not a night to be a waiter, but no one gets a lap full of food and we have a pleasant evening.
We could use bed belts, but are soon asleep and manage to stay in the bed without them.