A REAL BUMMER
We awoke at six this morning to the sight of many icebergs and some pack ice. We were so excited to see the ice as this meant that finally I would have a chance to add an Ivory Gull to my life list. Alas, it was not to be. We were supposed to anchor off Ilulissat and tender in to our hike to the water's edge to the base of the Jakobshavn Glacier. This glacier is considered the world's most active and calves regularly supplying most of the icebergs in the fjord. These massive icebergs are among the world's largest and the scenery is supposed to be magnificent. Unfortunately, pack ice and icebergs had surrounded the town overnight and we could not get in. The best on offer was a zodiac trip to the edge of the ice and it was only offered to those who had booked the boat trip. Even that was cut short as a wind change and increase meant that it was too unsafe for the zodiacs. I tried as hard as I could to turn the Glaucous Gull into an Ivory Gull but was unsuccessful. I am not sure why we are paying to have an icebreaker accompany us when it is not used. Once Crystal got their polar bear photos, ice was avoided at all costs.
We went to art class and did some more bead work - a long necklace this time. We did see two whales blow but no bodies or flukes. On our return, I accessed the message left on our telephone only to learn that our hike tomorrow in Sisimiut was cancelled due to heavy snow on the mountain. We have decided to walk around the town and its lake on our own. We are not happy campers.