The next day we are both excited about the first activity on our itinerary: sleeping in brand new igloos built by Sermilik Adventures – and when I say brand new I mean that they have recently had the right weather conditions for casting the bricks for the construction, since the igloos are exclusively made from ice and snow!
We pack up and are picked up at the hotel on two snowmobiles and cruise the city – one of the most fun sightseeing trips I have ever been on. The destination is the frozen fjord, the main road out of town, where we are catching our ride: dogsled.
Enox, our 19-year old musher, readies the dogs and with the pitter patter of paw-power we take off. As I enjoy steaming hot tea from a thermos I have brought with me, the city becomes smaller behind us, and the mountains slide by – I feel very peaceful – just cruising on a Sunday afternoon – the Greenlandic way.
The weather is “warm”, about -2 degrees, but I still appreciate my fuzzy mittens and massive snow boots (always consult providers about what to wear. You may think you’re wearing 1,000 layers, but sitting still for a long time can make even the most warm-blooded toes freeze.)
After a couple of breaks, where we jump off the sled to help the dogs uphill (and some scratches behind soft and furry husky ears – I consulted Enox on which dogs were open for some pets), we arrive at the foot of a mountain to be taken up the final distance on snowmobiles.