We flew to Grise Fiord in a 16 seat Twin Otter. Luggage is tied down in the front seats. The flight was noisy and relatively uncomfortable, but we made it safely. Grise Fiord is the northernmost civilian community in Canada, with a population of 125
Crossing Devon Island, we saw fascinating rock formations. Devon is uninhabited, but the Grise Fiord folk do hunt there
Very high cliffs along the shore of Ellesmere Island. Beautiful flight
We had spectacular weather in Grise Fiord. You can see the hamlet behind me with the small air strip on my right. The landing is fascinating as you fly toward the cliff and turn to land at what seems the last moment. Obviously the flight is weather dependent as they can not land in strong winds
The view to the west. High hills everywhere. Because of the melting snow, we could not get up on the hills on skidoo. It was a balmy -20C with no wind. Really beautiful and 24 hours of sun. My last trip was in the winter so very dark. Glad to actually see the terrain.
The view back to the hamlet from the south. To the left of the photo you can see the entrance to the Fiord. The fog was rolling in, and we had one day of quite thick fog. In the spring there can be lots of fog with the warming temperatures. We were so lucky
The view from our hotel. The store is the yellowish building on the right. The nursing station is opposite the store and the tall white roof is the new hamlet office and community centre.
Yesterday we flew back to Resolute Bay and will work here for a week. Small indigenous population (250) but a busy place as much of the High Arctic research goes from here. And many adventurers heading to the North Pole leave from here too. We are 1000 miles from the Pole and 400 miles to the magnetic Pole.