When the sea ice had sufficiently melted by early july, we sailed further north from Ilulissat, rounding the cape of the colorful Nussuaq peninsula into the vast Uummannaq fjord system. This was the part of the trip I looked forward to most prior to the journey – a true arctic nirvana of iceberg-dotted fjords teeming with humpback whales, jagged alpine mountains rising vertically from the sea, and extremely remote Inuit settlements like Niaqornat. Stable weather and midnight sun make this area even more worth the visit – although this is also the point where the polar bear risk starts to increase. We spent about two weeks in this area, making dayhikes and two overnight trips. The town of Uummannaq was our base camp – located at the base of an incredibly scenic mountain.
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