High Latitudes Part 1: Onward and Upward
This is part 1 of series of posts about my High Latitudes Expedition in East Greenland.
Heading to Greenland to paint with walrus researcher Dr. Erik Born, I packed light to avoid baggage fees. Somehow I squeezed everything into the following three bags.
Getting to Greenland is a bit of a project in and of itself, and it took several days of travel to reach. From Seattle I headed to Copenhagen, where I had a layover of one night and took some time to explore and sketch.
The following day, I finally met up with the other members of the walrus project team. It was great to finally have faces for everyone’s names!
All together we flew from Copenhagen to Iceland (where we spent a night) and finally on to East Greenland.
Our destination was Daneborg, which is located at about 74 degrees N within the NE Greenland National Park (world’s largest park). It’s a base for the Danish Sirius Sled Dog Patrol as well scientific research. Flying in, I had my first glimpse of Sand Island, where we were planning to camp for two weeks for the walrus research.
It’s that tiny island there.
But before we were able to head to Sand Island, we had some preparations to do in Daneborg, and I also had time to explore and paint.
Continued in High Latitudes Part 2: Daneborg, Base of Operations.
9 Responses to “High Latitudes Part 1: Onward and Upward”
This trip sounds amazing! I look very forward to the next installments of your story, and to seeing more of your artwork. The terns and walruses intrigue me!
Can’t wait to hear the next installment… It’s great to put some pictures to your descriptions.
The shades of colors in your sketches are so beautiful – for a place so cold it looks very warm and inviting.
Hi Maria – Your sketches and paintings are wonderful.
I do have a tchnical question however – which Mountainsmith hip pack are you using? I’ve been looking for one that is big enough for a 5×7 sketchbook & watercolor palette w/o cramming, or, conversely, being too cumbersome.
Thanks – I look forward to more of your posts.
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I think I used a Mountainsmith “Tour” Lumbar pack. It worked out well for my smaller supplies. Around town, I have an Alchemy goods Haversack that’s a lot of fun, too. It’s mostly waterproof and I like the aesthetics. http://alchemygoods.com/haversack.html
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Happy painting and keep in touch!
I am happy you are still painting away! …and in Greenland this time too. How wonderful. If Cate or I can get a lead on a Seattle place, I will let you know.
Thank you, Warren. We just found a place this week and are packing up the house. I hope to see you in Seattle!
I’m enjoying your “High Latitudes Pt 1” series, and wondering: did you get a chance to do Narwhal research as well? Is that part two? Happy housewarming, by the way!
Hi Kip, No narwhal research this year… encounters with walrus and polar bears, though! Stay tuned… :)