We lost another hour overnight, so now we’re in Greenland time. We entered Karrat Fjord, Greenland and the icebergs were spectacular. Other than birds, we haven’t seen much wildlife on this trip. Only one polar bear at a distance.

I recently met with Jason, an expedition director with AC, who straightened me out on the use of shotguns for polar bear protection. Rifled slugs are loaded into the shotgun, and the guides also have rubber bullets in their pockets, to be used depending on circumstances. Also, as I thought, shotguns are easier to handle than rifles. I would also like to note that Adventure Canada has never shot a bear.

After a zodiac landing in Karrat Fjord, we had a fairly long, amazing hike. When you’re a southern city slicker, like me (southern Ontario, that is), walking in the Arctic tundra, you notice things and give them thought. For example, I found 2 pieces of wood nailed together like a cross with 5 nails in a pattern. Could this be an old grave marker?

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Icebergs in Karrat Fjord

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