It just gets better and better!!!!

Polar Bears! Photo by: Paul McDonald

Just when we though it couldn’t get any better. We find a polar bear riding an Iceberg in the middle of the Labrador Sea.  Absolutely Amazing!!!

Polar Bear. Photo by: Paul McDonald

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Upernavik

The Icebergs got bigger and bigger as Fortrus cruised north along the west coast of Greenland. The scenery as we pulled into Upernavik was absolutely stunning.

Town of Upernavik. Photo by Michael Power

We had a good last night in Upernavik that included a massive fireworks show that I’m sure the locals will be talking about for years.

The guests and crew went through a few hundred rounds of paintballs and most are feeling the affects today. The night also included a skinny dip by a few brave souls.

Midnight Sun. Photo by Michael Power

We met Trevor, a fellow Australian that has been traveling around the world for years on his 30ft sloop. He spends his winters locked in the Greenlandic Ice with 5 months of provisions. We had him onboard for breakfast and sent an email off to his wife saying that he was O.K. They hadn’t been in contact with each other for months.

Trevor’s Sloop. Photo by Michael Power

Amanzi Marine organized us some fuel in Upernavik. We topped up and took off. Greenland is now behind us. Wow… it is absolutely stunning.

Fueling. Photo by Michael Power

Next stop is Pond Inlet, Canada.


Trip to Nuuk Greenland

We’ve arrived in Nuuk Greenland! The passage couldn’t have gone any smoother. The seas got as high as 7ft but the period was long and easy.

The fog came in heavy 12 hours out of Nuuk. Our first Iceberg sighting was with about 200ft of visibility. Levi had to steer the boat in order to miss our first bit of frozen water.

Soon after the fog lifted, we noticed that we were surrounded by bergs and bits. The air was crisp and the combination of beautiful blue water, Icebergs with mountains in the background made for some spectacular photos.

Iceberg

Iceberg!! Photo by: Natasha Kovalenko

Charlie ran the Scout up ahead of Fortrus as we entered into the harbor. It’s quite a wide-open harbor but being unknown we decided to play it safe. It was a good call because the markers aren’t too easy to find and a container ship ended up running aground the next day. Pretty scary.

We’re tied up to a commercial dock. With a 12ft tide here in Nuuk, the sundeck is below the dock at low tide. We’ve got a long ladder ride up and down to the main Deck.

The shores of Nuuk. Photo by Melanie Waugh

The weather is beautiful. It’s warm in the sun even with the outside temperature being 47 degrees F or 9 degrees C. We saw some beautiful midnight Northern lights. It was unbelievable the way the light danced around the sky.

We’ve had a few Mechanical issues that Erik has been addressing. It has been a lot of work, but all in all Fortrus is braving the cold nicely.

We’ll be here for a couple of days awaiting the arrival of the Guests. We’ve toped up on fuel, fixed a few problems and Michael, Tash and Melanie started provisioning and getting the boat ready for guests.

We had Amanzi Marine arrange our fuel here in Nuuk. They had a truck arrive along side in less than an hour. The fuel prices are pretty good. Much better than northern Canada so we put as much as possible on theboat. We will top up again in Upernavik before crossing over to Pond Inlet.

It’s been super full but extremely exciting trip so far. The crew gets a well-deserved day off to catch up on some sleep and walk aroundNuuk. We will be cruising north to Upernavik as soon as Paul and the boys get onboard.

We’re all looking forward to seeing the guests and sharing this place with them. It truly is beautiful.

Fortrus Crew on the t/t. Photo by:Natasha Kovalenko

We’re running a little behind schedule but we should still be able to make it to Alaska.

Let’s hope the weather and ice decide to let us through!


Nice Shots

Theodore Too has been seen up and down the East Coast at various boat shows in the last twelve months. Here He is seen in his home waters outside Halifax. Photo by: Michael Power

Dolphin in the Straights of Belle Isle. Photo by: Michael Power

Photo by: Natasha Kovalenko

Whale in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence Photo by: Natasha Kovalenko

 

 


Clearing the Straits of Belle Isle

We’ve now cleared the Straights of Belle Isle. Looks like we just made it through in time. Twenty four hours from now brings 35 knot winds and short 12 ft seas.

We’re heading into some serious fog as we start our three day trek across the Labrador Sea. The winds are 25 knots and the seas are starting to freshen up. The big wind and bumps should stay behind us. We’ve got a little current running so we’ll only be able to average 8 knots till we reach the warm northern current that runs north along the west coast of Greenland. We’re hoping for a blistering 10 knots close to the shore.

The outside air temperature is down to 52 degrees and the water temp has dropped into the low sixties.

The whales and dophins have been all around us. Absolutely amazing…

We are not expecting to see another boat for the next three days. The coast of Greenland will be a welcome sight.

Photo by: Erik Aubry coming around Newfoundland

Photo by: Erik Aubry coming around Newfoundland