66 34N are the magic numbers. We crossed into Arctic Circle the other day. It’s was pretty monumental, we had sailed for over a month from Plymouth Massachusetts to get here. There were no polar bears, icebergs or narwhals in sight. It was actually quite warm. Probably in the high 40s or low 50s outside. We are in the Arctic, but does it feel like the Arctic? Well not really, it’s warm with 24 hours of sunlight. The mountains are green and the towns are lively. No igloos and husky’s in this neck of the woods….. yet.
Here’s our check list:
cross Arctic Circle
see polar bear
successfully transit Northwest Passage (on our own boat, not a rescue icebreaker)
step foot on Alaska
So we are 3 down on our list of 7.
This time last year this trip was only just a dream that we were too scared to discuss outside of the safe confines of the boat. And just look at us now, we’re in the Arctic, amongst the most magical glaciers and icebergs. It is a little riskier than the tropics but I don’t understand why more people don’t sail up here. It’s pretty funny, all the other cruisers that we’ve met in Greenland so far are not new to the area. It seems once you get a taste of the cruising the cooler climates you never go back. Everything is grander, wilder and harsher up here. It takes my breath away.
So back to the list. Next up is a polar bear sighting. We hear that we will have to be north of Uppernavik to see them so roughly we still have another few weeks before we truly have to make sure our cubs don’t get eaten by polar cubs. Right now we’re still happy to celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle, Carl shot off a one bullet salute for making it – don’t want to waste those bullets. True redneck style.