After having a light snack at Upernavik, it was finally time to go to Canada. There were two paying passengers for Clyde River in Canada. According to the FS2004 scenery description I found for it:
“Clyde River is on the northeast coast of Baffin Island, 250 miles above the Arctic Circle and around 200 miles north of Pangnirtung. It is on the shore of Patricia Bay at the entrance to Cylde Inlet, a fjord which stretches over 60 miles inland. It was named by the explorer John Ross in 1818. The Inuit name is Kaniqtugaapik which translates as “Nice Little Inlet”, which about sums it up.”
Weather at Upernavik is cloudy, -2.1C with a 15 knots wind from the north. Weather at Clyde River is cloudy, -1C, with an 18 knots wind from the south.
By the time I was ready to leave Upernavik the sun was already setting
After a quick cup of coffee at the terminal of Qaarsut, it was time for the next hop. I was able to load 1 pax and a bunch of cargo headed for Upernavik, which apperently translates to Springtime Place. Sounds good! It has a tiny airport with lots of helicopter flights to the nearby islands.
Weather at Qaarsut is cloudy at -3.1C with some wind from the south-east. Upernavik is partly cloudy at -2.1C with 15knot winds coming from the north.
Ready for departure from Qaarsut Continue reading
I stayed in Sisimiut for just one night. I was contemplating making the trip over to Canada from there (there were a couple of passengers headed for Pangnirtung), but decided to push on north along the coast of Greenland. The vistas are great, and who knows when I’ll return here. I therefore picked up two guys (or gals) from the US Coast Guard who had to go to Qaarsut. At less than 200 inhabitants it’s another tiny hamlet. It does have an operating airport however, making it a perfect part on my trip. I am pushing the boundaries of what the Lear can do though flying into these places that have 3000ft gravel runways. Conditions in Sisimiut are cloudy, with a temperature of -0.3C with light winds from the north. Qaarsut is cloudy as well, at -1.9C and light winds from the south-east.
About to depart from Sisimiut Continue reading
I stayed in Gothab for about a week, but it’s time to move on. I was able to fill up on cargo and pax wanting to go to Sisimiut. Apparently this town with its 5500 residents is the second largest in Greenland. The airport is located a couple of kilometres from the town. It appears there is some discussion on whether the airport needs to stay open (even though it only opened in the 1990s):
There is a discussion to build a 170 km road to Kangerlussuaq. The plans say that the Sisimiut Airport might be closed after that. That would mean lower cost for the country and the travelers, since an airport is fairly expensive to maintain, but longer travel time, especially domestic. If keeping the airport, the road might be unprofitable. There are also suggestions to build a large airport near Nuuk and close the Kangerlussuaq airport since few people live there and mostly work with the airport. In that case the road would be unneeded. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisimiut_Airport)
Weather at both airports is just above 0C, cloudy, with a bit of wind coming from the north.
I found the Learjet back where I’d left it a week ago Continue reading
After some comtemplation I decided not to fly to Canada directly, but first fly up the western coast of Greenland, and see whether I can cross over to northern Canada from there. There were two private-charter passengers that wanted to fly from Narsasuaq to Nuuk (Gothab). Since I am overdue for seeing a town over 300 people again, I decided to take them on. Nuuk airport looks like it’s in a very rocky place again, so no danger of trees near the runway I guess. Weather at Narsarsuaq is partly cloudy with almost no wind, Nuuk is cloudy, also with litle wind.
Taxiing out to the runway as seen from the tower Continue reading
I decided not to wait around for more passengers wanting to fly out of Kulusuk, so I did some shopping at the international terminal (yes, the airport actually has that) and started planning the flight to Narsarsuaq. The population is 145 and according to wikipedia this is strictly tied to the traffic dynamics at the local airport. The airport is the remnant of an army airbase built by the US in 1941, and today it serves mostly as a transfer point for helicopter flights. It looks like the airport isn’t doing very well, but at least it too has a duty free shop. Showers are predicted at departure from Kulusuk, but with 5C, 2 knots winds and broken clouds at 8500ft weather looks pretty friendly at Narsarsuaq.
By the time I was done shopping the rain had turned to snow, and the wind had picked up Continue reading
Having seen some sights around Iceland, it was time to move on to Greenland. I was able to pick up 5 passengers that wanted to fly to Kulusuk in Greenland which apparently is home to a number of Danes just for the fact that the airport is there. Another fascinating place with a tiny population. Kulusuk Airport serves almost 15000 passengers a year, which considering there’s less than 300 people living in the village is huge. Bad weather moved in on Keflavík (rain) by the time I had planned my flight, and it doesn’t look much better for arrival at Kulusuk.
Barely visible from Keflavík tower in the rain Continue reading