Just a quick note to say that IGERT cohort 3 has safely arrived in Greenland! We got here yesterday evening, and are about to begin our adventures today. Here’s a quick recap of our trip north:
We arose around 4:00AM yesterday morning in order to catch a 5:00AM shuttle from our hotel to the New York Air National Guard base in Scotia. After waiting around at the base for a few hours, we finally boarded the LC-130 plane around 8:30AM.
Boarding the LC-130. Note the cool colored logo: a dragon at the north pole!
The LC-130s to Greenland are not known for their comfort, and this flight was no exception. The aircraft is very loud, and all passengers have to wear ear protection for the entire flight. It’s also cold, so most opt to wear down jackets and boots. Lastly, and most importantly, it’s quite cozy! The tail of the plane is filled with cargo, and passengers sit on webbing seats in the front. Alas, the flight lasts about six hours.
Cozy accomodations on the flight to Kangerlussuaq.
The best part of the flight was, of course, stopping in Goose Bay, Labrador. Most flights from Scotia to Kangerlussuaq have to stop to refuel, and we were lucky enough to be on one of these flights. What could make refueling so exciting?? The ice cream, of course! We were happily greeted in Goose Bay by assorted ice cream sandwiches and coffee, and all enjoyed the refueling stop immensely.
The sky was mostly overcast while we flew over Canada and over water, but cleared up as soon as we got to Greenland’s coast, and we were treated to spectacular views as we flew inland to Kangerlussuaq. Most of the scientists on the flight huddled around the two windows in the tail, pointing and yelling over the roar of the engines.
Beautiful views of the landscape west of Kangerlussuaq. Note the awesome glacial geology features!! I almost wept with joy when I saw the partially eroded looping end moraine at the terminus of the glacier on the right side of this photo.
Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq we were greeted with hot dinner, hot showers, and numerous other scientists from around the world. All in all, a great trip northward!