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  • A Disko Day

    The Northwest Passage Day 14

    “Those who contemplate the beauty of nature will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”  Rachel Carson

    Today we took the Zodiacs through Disko Fjord to Qeqertarsuaq, also known as Disko Island. It is largest island along Greenland’s coast, separating Disko Bay from Baffin Bay. Disko Bay has an average depth of 400 metres and average water temperature of 3.5°C due to an underwater mountain ridge that traps warm salt water. Sounds great for swimming!

    The plan was to hike on Disko Island, return to the ship for an outside BBQ, and then jump in the water for a polar plunge. After dinner, staff and passenges could raid the costume trunk for Disco clothes and start dancing.

    Disko Island was even more lush than our last stop, in that there were grasses at least a foot tall growing in the water. There were lots of small plants on the ground along with black and white lichens. As you can see from the photo, the sky was roiling with clouds, and that meant wind. When we returned to the ship, we had to contend with a lot of chop when disembarking from the Zodiacs. The waves were far too high for a safe polar plunge and a pleasant BBQ. The plunge was rescheduled and we ate indoors.

    Neither wind nor waves would stop the Disco! After checking out the Disco outfits sported by the staff and many of the passengers, I opted to get some rest.

    Arctic Mushrooms

    Black & White Lichen