Disco line arrived at Nanortalik. Henry and Celia were buying returning tickets with the help from boat’s internet. I was taking care of gears and watching people leaving.
We still did not have a place for the night. One lady driving a pick up stop by and picked up guests to her hotel. I asked if she has room left and got a positive answer. So I asked her come back after her drop of her guests.
The lady was Nassau. She helped us settle at Nanortalik. That night, we stayed at Kap Hotel, the only hotel of the town.
We had a good rest at Kap. Breakfast was served. Henry went to check charter 44 who supposed to provide boat shuttle sending us to our base camp location. But he didn’t come back and went “missing”.
We talked to Nassau at the hotel, asking her if she knew anyone who can provide boat service. She thought about it then made phone calls. At the end she said she find someone to take us. And the price was reasonable. So we decided to go with the boat.
Nassau and her daughter, 11, helped us loaded all our stuff on to her truck and took us to find Henry and then to the dock where a small boat was waiting.
Then she brought us to grocery shopping, took our extra stuff back to the hotel, and a man named Carl in the hotel gave as a rifle just in case of polar bear attack. We really appreciated Nassau and the hotel staff gave us helping hands. And Nassau helped all our boat logistics from now on. Without her, we might have more trouble than we had during the adventure.
Everything was ready by now, and the boat left the dock.
The boat was fast and the sea was chappy. Iceberg, lager or small, parked along the shore.
We went through a section of open sea, where the boat jumped up and down, more exciting than riding roller coasters.
Finally, we reached a plateau and unloaded our gears. As soon as we stepped on land, we were welcomed by mosquitoes and sand fliers. We didn’t have mosquito nets, that could be a huge problem in the next 10 days.
We checked with the captain, the only man driving the boat and he did not speak a single word of English. He had none, but offered give as a ride to a small town near by. While Henry and I managed our gears, Celia went with the old captain to find mosquito nets.
Looking for good spot for base camp, we spotted a large flat surface. Henry thought it was man made structure but I didn’t believe there could be any man made structure around here. “Wand have a bet?” Henry asked. “Sure, why not”. “Bet for what?” “Three rolls in the sea of Greenland” I replied. “Don’t eat your words.” “I Won’t.” We walked closer, and that flat surface was an abandoned wall. So I lost, and have to pay back three Eskimo rolls in icy cold Greenland water.
It seemed quite long and Henry started to worry, before we saw the small boat coming back. We were all happy for Celia returning safely with mosquito nets.
Now, we needed decide where to set up our tents. We first shipped our gears on kayak to a river mouth, on the right side of the river. While we are preparing setting up tents, we found the other side of the river had man made tables. It seemed someone had camped there. So we decided move our camp to the other side.
This time, we waded in hip depth water with our kayaks loaded with gear.
It was late afternoon now, we quickly set up our tents. While Celia was making dinner, I set up tarp so that we could protect our gears and food from moisture and rain.
Dinner was spaghetti with fresh bacon, egg, tomato and cabbage. Sitting under tarp, we enjoined hot meal and chatted about our plan.
During the night, it was really windy, the tarp was flapping in the wind all night. We could feel tent shaking, and rain dropping on our tents.
But we slept soundly and dreamed big of the adventure.