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This “midsommar,” or midsummer as Americans might call it, marks the 20th year since I first flew to Greenland to explore, pursue some old passions of Viking exploration and colonization of the arctic, and do some serious backcountry travel.
I succeeded on all fronts. I ended up visiting Greenland three summers in a row, in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
I made some amazing treks (Sisimiut to Kangerlussuaq, Igaliku to Qaqortoq, Brattalid/Qassiarsuk, to Narsaq) during each trip.
I made friends with local Greenlanders, who invited me into their homes and took me seal hunting and fishing.
I befriended several Danes, including two doctors, who made sure to extend hospitality to me when I visited their country.
I also participated in a celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Leif Ericson’s arrival in southwest Greenland.
I thought about Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat in Greenlandic) this week as we entered that magical time of 24 hours of daylight in the arctic. In 1998, I hiked all night on June 21, 1998, north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun never set and the mosquitos never slept!
Here are a few photos highlighting the magic of that place, its people, its culture, and beauty. I hope they bring you some joy as in the northern hemisphere celebrates the arrival of summer.