Julia and I made it to Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat, as they call it here, meaning Land of the People. We landed about 2 hours ago after a long but delightful 45 hour journey. We left a very hot and humid Hanover at 3pm on Thursday.
We took a bus from Dartmouth to the Boston airport and flew to Reykjavik Iceland where Julia did a little work on her poster over breakfast.
From there it was off to Copenhagen, Denmark. We had an overnight “layover” and made sure to do some last minute shopping for essential field gear.
Our Air Greenland flight left Copenhagen at 9:10am this morning (Copenhagen time) and arrived in Greenland at 9:30am (Greenland time- only 2 hours ahead of the East coast!!!). This was not necessarily the most direct route, but because of our travel dates, Julia and I could not take an Air Guard flight that goes direct from Schenectady, NY to Kangerlussuaq. The only options for getting to Greenland commercially are to fly to Nuuk via Reykjavik, or Kangerlussuaq via Copenhagen.
Now, we are here at the KISS building unpacking and breathing in the fresh, cool Greenlandic air. We just learned that the mosquito season is waning… good news for our sanity but I need to get to work!