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Planes, Ice And The Midnight Sun: Greenland! Pt 3  
User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
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Hello all, welcome to the final part of my Greenland trip report! I’ve been on an extended break from Trip Reporting as I’ve been very busy lately. It took a while before I found the right combination of free time and energy to write it. So here it goes:

Planes, Ice, and the Midnight Sun; Greenland! Pt3: Kangerlussuaq and the long way back.

In case you have missed parts 1 and 2, they can be found here:

Planes, Ice And The Midnight Sun; Greenland! Pt 1 (by CrimsonNL Jun 21 2011 in Trip Reports)

Planes, Ice And The Midnight Sun; Greenland! Pt 2 (by CrimsonNL Jun 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

This part will show you some impressions of the Kangerlussuaq area, and the flights SFJ-CPH on AirGreenland, and CPH-AMS on KLM. Part 2 ended with my arrival in Kangerlussuaq and that’s where I will start here.

Saying goodbye to my favorite DHC-7 (OYCBT) “Papikkaaq” which I logged 4 times in one week.
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Other traffic at SFJ
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After being driven to the Old Camp hostel, I settled down and started planning my 3 days in the Kangerlussuaq area. It’s not an area you might expect from Greenland. It’s located in a huge fjord, and the rivers of melting water bring in tons and tons of sand. It’s very sandy and apart from the temperature which was a comfortable 15 degrees, it kinda reminded me of Arizona! There’s a large glacier nearby but it’s about an hour by car on a very sandy road. The area is home to quite some wildlife, most notably the musk ox and reindeer. They are both eaten by the locals and taste very good! I will start with a series of impressions of the Kangerlussuaq area:

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Spotted one!
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Radio equipment for SFJ
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The “Tacan” hill offers some cool airport overviews. The buildings in the bottom of the picture are more or less the entire town.

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An awesome C-130 on HUGE Ski’s. Those guys must have fun flying around here.
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Titan
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View from the Old Camp hostel
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Very long shadow due to the low sun that never sets


They used empty JATO bottles for decoration everywhere! If they would have fitted in my suitcase I’d have one of these at home by now 

On our way to the Russell Glacier we ran into a reindeer
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The wreckage of a T-33 Shooting Star. There are 3 of them in the area when the pilots bailed out (and all survived) during a complete white-out.
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Finally some ice in sight!
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The magnificent Russell Glacier
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Ice tunnels
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I did actually get to see some really large chunks of ice break off, which was very cool
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The car that got me there, it was only me, a guide and a German couple on this tour
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On the way back the awesome Danish guide drove through a dry riverbed
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Lots of gravel here
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Near every Greenlandic town there’s the constant activity of these red turboprops, I absolutely loved it!
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Suloraq descending into SFJ
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Descending into the fjord


The tour guide told me about nearby “Kellyville”. A scientific settlement with a huge dish radar. It was about 10KM away IIRC. Since I had the entire evening, and seeing that it wouldn’t get dark, I rented a mountain bike and rode it to Kellyville. I passed the Kangerlussuaq harbor and some very nice vacation houses along the way.

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Very cool sign
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The harbor
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The Danish name for Kangerlussuaq is Sondre Stromfjord, so the person who designed the harbor sign had a sense of humor
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These tanks were full of fuel, I spotted some that said Jet Fuel too
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I finally made it to Kellyville, it really felt like a James Bond site and it was well worth the effort to get there! The actual radar dish was moving around like crazy.

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This sign made me laugh
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On the way back
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SFJ
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Sugar Loaf Hill
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The next day I joined a tour group to Ice Point 660. It’s one of the few places with provides good access to walk on the inland ice cap. The tour group was almost entirely Danish, with the exception of a Swiss lady and me. The drive took about 1.5 hours on the longest road in Greenland, completely constructed and paid for by Volkswagen. They used to test their new cars in extreme polar circumstances here. There were 3 Belgians in another van who would be spending the night on the ice cap in tents. Very cool!

A young reindeer
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And more musk oxes!
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The end is in sight (or so I thought) but it turned out not to be!
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Approaching the Ice Point 660
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The inland ice cap
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Melting water
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We finally made it to Ice Point 660! We were allowed off the bus and could walk on the ice for 30 minutes. The Belgians walked with a guide to their camping location. While it was a nice 15 degrees in Kangerlussuaq, it was seriously freezing here. The Greenland ice cap covers about 80% of Greenland. It was amazing to walk on it!

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The Belgians getting ready
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Walking on ice!
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Some melting water
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On the way back we stopped at a nice viewpoint for some hot drinks and pictures. A very nice wall of ice could be seen in the distance
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That’s me!
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The next day, unfortunately, would mean I had to go back to Europe. The flight to CPH leaves at 11:55, but due to the time zones you don’t arrive until 21:15. This meant another night stop in CPH for me. I had booked the Cabinn hotel, the same as the week before, and would be flying back on KL. In the morning I was driven from the hostel to the airport terminal, about 2KM. The car was a pickup truck and I dropped my suitcase and backpack in the open trunk. It was a very strange feeling to know you could just leave them outside and leave the bike unlocked, as there’s no crime here! Check in at the airport was a breeze. Though I won’t soon beat the 30 second check in I had in Ilulissat! I had some time to kill before departure. The only gate with security at SFJ is gate 2, used for flights to CPH. I didn’t feel like clearing security just yet and looked around the terminal.

In 8 out of the 9 days of my trip I hadn’t seen a single mosquito. But the night before, they were suddenly there. En masse. It wasn’t good plane spotting getting jumped by tens of mosquito’s at the same time. So I stayed inside the terminal until my plane arrived. I found it interesting to see how the runway was used in both directions.

Man I will miss these red props!
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Suloraq was there to say goodbye. I flew on her a few days before. (as seen in part 2)
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After a while I saw a big red jet on the horizon, it could only be Norsaq, the coolest A330 in the world! She was banking for the final approach into the fjord.
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The small ramp would suddenly get very full!
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She still looks amazing!
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After I had enough of the mosquitos I decided to go inside. I tried to score an AirGreenland T-shirt but unfortunately my size was sold out. There was a GL marketing department guy at next to the check in desk with whom I had a lengthy and very interesting conversation. I got some more good insights in the GL fleet planning and day to day operations, as I had with the pilots who let me ride on the jumpseat a few days earlier.

The check in desk
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After clearing security, I ended up in a recently renovated gate area. I headed upstairs as advised by the GL guy, and found a nice café with some excellent ramp views. I settled for some coffee.
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I don’t smoke, but the smoking area had more uses as I found out, a great observation deck!
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Norsaq
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PW4000
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That’s the hostel in the background!
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After a while it was time for boarding. It wasn’t too busy, I’d say about 80% of the flight was full from as far as I could see. This seat map shows the cabin layout.
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Spent my last moments on Greenlandic soil plane spotting, we are on Airliners.net after all!
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She looks fantastic!
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One last look outside, goodbye Greenland!
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16-JUN-2011
SFJ-CPH
GL782
A330-223 (7th A330 ride, 3rd on the -200)
OY-GRN “Norsaq” (Second time on this plane)
Seat 33A


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The aft economy cabin
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My legroom, wasn’t bad!
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Ramp views
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Boarding, like all flights I’ve experienced in Greenland, was in a calm and relaxed fashion. Everyone got seated quickly and I think we left on time. Taxi-out was very short and we were ready for take-off!

Take-off video
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Immediate left bank after take-off, heading for Europe
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Airport overview
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The Russell Glacier
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Ice Point 660 area
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Flying over the inland ice cap
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Beautiful blue melt water lakes
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First drink round started
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While GL does have PTV’s and IFE, I don’t recall using them on this flight. Especially on the first stretch I was stuck to the window the whole time. Later on I had the moving map selected on the PTV.
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Approaching the Eastern shore
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Count the blocks of ice!
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The meal, it was your average airline meal in terms of taste. The crew was a friendly bunch however.
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Overflying Northern Iceland
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I think this is Akureyri


The cabin
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I asked for a Tuborg beer during the second drink service, and my seatmate asked for two. I saw quite some booze flowing throughout the cabin including hard liquor. The flight was very uneventful. By the time we hit Denmark it was already getting dark outside.

Landing video
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When we got to the gate something strange happened. A lot of people got up as they had onward connections to Danish cities like AAL, but everyone was asked to return to their seats. The purser announced that the Danish authorities were on board and she announced a series of names of people that had to come forward. A bunch of hippies seated throughout the cabin got up and they walked to the front. Some of the flight attendants talked to them and it seemed as if they knew them. I overheard one of the mentioning Greenpeace. After this rather strange occurrence we were allowed off the plane and I headed to the baggage claim.

Goodbye Norsaq!


When I arrived at the baggage claim it took only a few minutes for the first bags to appear. A large group of the GL passengers claimed their bags and left, but a small group of us were still waiting. The screen showed that not all the bags had been offloaded yet. After 20 minutes, and another GL flight from Narsarsuaq had landed, there was still no sign of our bags. One of the passengers inquired at the handling agent baggage office and was told that we just had to wait. After a total of 40 minutes the final bags finally appeared on the belt. I wasn’t very amused as it was already past 10PM and I still had to get to the hotel. I noticed that all the suitcases were wet. So what I think happened was that they were either loaded in the bulk of the plane, or, that they were in the same container as the baggage of the hippies. In the latter case the authorities may have separated our baggage from their baggage on the ramp and that would explain the delay and why they were wet.

I made a quick stop at Burger King before heading to the Cabinn hotel. There were long lines at the train ticket machines, and I found it very amusing that I completed my ticket purchase faster than most Danish people in line! After a short train ride and walk I got to the hotel where I purchased a cold Carlsberg before heading to my room.

In order to get some rest and to be able to take it easy in the morning, my KL flight to AMS wouldn’t leave until 11:45. After having breakfast at the hotel I made it back to the airport. I tried the GL desk at CPH for the T-shirt but unfortunately they didn’t have it here either. The check in lady for KL was a very cute Danish girl, who passed on a greeting send from my friend at KLM Load control. He would be making the loadsheet for my flight and had included some passenger comments in my booking. Johan had also texted me before hand, that the flight would be operated by PH-BGB, a new registration for me. I know CPH pretty well by know, it’s my second most used airport (with commercial service) in terms of flight movements, so I headed directly to the gate.

The airplane, “Regenwulp” was already waiting for me
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It’s the BGB alright!
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After some back and forth texting with Johan at KL OCC about whether the CPH dispatcher was cute or not, it was time to board 

17-JUN-2011
CPH-AMS
KL1128
B737-8K2 (13th time on type)
PH-BGB “Regenwulp / Whimbrel” (First time on this plane)
Seat 24A


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I was greeted at the door by the crew who all seemed friendly. There were 152 passengers on this flight and it seemed that all of the overhead bins were already full. I made my way to my seat and found seats B and C to already be occupied.

Legroom
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View from my seat
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I think we left more or less on time. After taxi-out we were on our way to AMS.
Take-off video

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Climb out
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And the snack, very meager service as we’re used to on KL. The crew however was nice and the cabin was spotless. The purser approached me with another message from Johan wishing me a pleasant flight.
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This made me laugh, you get 2 flying blue miles for each chocolate bar you purchase! How much chocolate equals one Trans-Atlantic trip in business class?
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The flight was very uneventful and before I knew it we were already making our way down into AMS.
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The one advantage of flying KLM to AMS is that they will often get a good runway instead of their competitors. We ended up landing on 18C while the infamous 18R was also in use. This saved at least 10 minutes in taxi time!

Landing video
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After docking and saying goodbye to the crew, I quickly made my way to the baggage claim. One stop at an exchange office where I changed my last Danish Kroners to Euro’s. I could do it without a fee upon showing my AMS airport ID. The guy at the desk asked me if I had liked Denmark. Well, those 12 hours weren’t bad  When I got to the baggage claim my suitcase was already there, another advantage of flying KL to AMS! My dad picked me up for the drive home.

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Conclusions:

AirGreenland:

GL is a truly fantastic airline. Their operations are so incredibly versatile that it’s not comparable to any other airline I can think of. The domestic flights are the coolest. There is no security and everything just goes in an orderly, but smooth way. I had good conversations with various GL employees on the ground and in the air. They and the cabin crew were all very nice. It was the first time I got to visit the cockpit in flight, on a commercial flight, since August 2001. The Dash-7 and the helicopters are the most fun to fly on. All of this combined made AirGreenland jump to my number 1 position of favorite airlines. It does have to share the number 1 place with Kenmore Air however. I logged a total of 10 flights on GL:


2x A330-223 (OY-GRN) Norsaq
4x DHC-7-103 (OY-CBT) Papikkaaq
2x DHC-8-202Q (OY-GRG) Suloraq
2x Bell 212 (OY-HDM) Tuujuk

Greenland:

A FANTASTIC experience! If you are into arctic stuff, or nature in general, I will highly recommend it. The people are generally friendly, and the surroundings are amazing. You can easily book everything in advance online, and domestic travel on GL is a breeze. Most of the people in the hotels and restaurants will know English, and with a few Danish words you will be able to communicate. I’m usually not one for exotic foods, but eating polar bear is something I won’t soon forget! It is however, not a cheap destination. It was worth every penny though. Seeing all these pictures again while writing this TR, it really makes me want to go back. It offers excellent opportunities for us plane spotters too!

KLM:

KLM has definitely improved their service level the past couple of years. I really had nothing to complain except maybe the meager snack service. I like the way they are promoting their Dutch roots. But overall it was a pretty average experience.

Domestic flights taken:


All flights:
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This concludes my 3 part trip report about my Greenland trip. I apologize for the delay between the last two parts. I hope you enjoyed reading the report(s) and all comments, questions or whatever are always welcome!

Thanks for reading and regards,

Martijn


Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
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User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11978 times:

Hi Martijn,

Well worth the wait is all I will say     As with the other parts, the photos are fantastic!

Thanks for sharing.



Flown: A319-21, A346, A380, B733-4, B738, B744, B752, B762-4, B77W, CR2, CR9, DH4, E190-95, F70-100, MD-11, MD-88, MD-90
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11922 times:

Hey there CrimsonNL, a brilliant ending trip report! The pics you took of Greenland are just so stunning, especially the ones of the inland ice cap on your return to CPH! I would love one day to go to Greenland, and another thing which has always fascinated me is the midnight sun. And also I just love that GL livery, especially on the 330. Thanks!!  


3 words... I Love Aviation!!!
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11901 times:

Hi Martijn, that was well worth the wait. What a unique opportunity! Are all of the long haul crew based in CPH? Really amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, William


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3980 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11875 times:

Great pics again Martijn, I'd love to see those places in the flesh aswell.
the only thing I'm missing though is the pic of the cute Danish girl  


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11868 times:

Wow. I have no words to thank you for sharing all of this with us. Instead of writing any more comments I'll just go back and read the TRs all over again.

Both Thumbs Up!

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11662 times:

Hi Martijn!

Amazing last installment from your trip to Greenland! It seems like a once in a lifetime experience.

Nice to see all the smaller GL aircraft around the big A330.

Meal on the way back seems okay.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11612 times:
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Great report on your flight back to Europe! How interesting to read a report about an airline that is not covered very much in this forum.

I love Air Greenland's livery! How cool.

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2841 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11405 times:

Really very interesting. Loved all the detail and pics on the cabin and food service.

Thank you for the effort in posting this.



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 773 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11272 times:

The pictures are simply amazing

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
That’s me!

Hello Martijn, thank you for posting the end of the story, i've really liked one of the previous where you've got a jump seat...

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
She looks fantastic!

Absolutely stunning indeed

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
The one advantage of flying KLM to AMS is that they will often get a good runway

Oh really? that's an unfair treatment

looking forward to read more



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11183 times:

Hi Martijn

Nice last part! Seems like you had a few good flights!
The landscaping is stunning! What more can one want!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11145 times:

Nice pics and TR again Martijn, too bad they are finished now until your next travel  


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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8994 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10973 times:
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Hey Martijn,


thanks for the 3rd part. I enjoyed reading it and I enjoyed the pictures as much. Very nice indeed.

I had to laugh at the "German couple" which was with you on the Jeep tour. Well, the Germs are everywhere  

Hope I can go to Greenland as well one day... So far I only look down on my flights everytime.

Thanks for posting!

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10832 times:
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Hi all! Thanks for the replies.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 1):
Well worth the wait is all I will say As with the other parts, the photos are fantastic!
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 2):
Hey there CrimsonNL, a brilliant ending trip report!
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 3):
Really amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing!
Quoting airkas1 (Reply 4):
Great pics again Martijn, I'd love to see those places in the flesh aswell.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Wow. I have no words to thank you for sharing all of this with us. Instead of writing any more comments I'll just go back and read the TRs all over again.

Thanks guys, I'm happy you liked it.

Quoting airkas1 (Reply 4):
the only thing I'm missing though is the pic of the cute Danish girl

Haha sorry Kas, don't have any 
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 3):
Are all of the long haul crew based in CPH?

I think most of them are based in Greenland, as they operate on other types as well. But I might be wrong!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):

Amazing last installment from your trip to Greenland! It seems like a once in a lifetime experience.

It sure was, though I wouldn't mind it to be a twice in a lifetime experience 
Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Great report on your flight back to Europe! How interesting to read a report about an airline that is not covered very much in this forum.
Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 8):

Thank you for the effort in posting this.

Thanks guys!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 9):
Hello Martijn, thank you for posting the end of the story, i've really liked one of the previous where you've got a jump seat...

Thanks! I think that part is the most interesting, as it shows the most aspects of domestic air travel in Greenland.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Nice last part! Seems like you had a few good flights!
The landscaping is stunning! What more can one want!
Quoting Tomskii (Reply 11):
Nice pics and TR again Martijn, too bad they are finished now until your next travel

Thanks Marc and Tom!

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 12):
I had to laugh at the "German couple" which was with you on the Jeep tour. Well, the Germs are everywhere

No kidding  They happened to be from your general area as well  

Best regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8994 posts, RR: 76
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10745 times:
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Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
No kidding  They happened to be from your general area as well  

Oh boy... Dangerous 

Thanks again.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10705 times:

Hey Martijn,

wow, a great conclusion to your trip report series to Greenland. Again some absolutely stunning pictures. Awesome scenery. And also lovely plane pictures, the red livery looks definitely nice, especially on the A330.

Thanks again for all three parts of the report, enjoyed them very much. It certainly sparked my desire to travel to Greenland as well  

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10701 times:

Hi Martijn!

Great tripreport!

Greenland does indeed look like a great destination. Your writing and pictures really makes me wanna go there some day!
GL seems like a nice airline. And their livery sure is awesome.

Martin


User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 443 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10696 times:

Wow, I'm glad I waited until Part 3 to find your Greenland saga; I would have been disappointed to be cut off in the middle of that. One of the best series of trip report's I've read, great job!

...now I need to find an excuse to go to Greenland and experience all those planes for myself!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 10358 times:

Hi Martijn,

great last part of your Greenland series, the scenery there is lovely.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
This made me laugh, you get 2 flying blue miles for each chocolate bar you purchase! How much chocolate equals one Trans-Atlantic trip in business class?

One-way or round trip? 15000 or 30000 bars required...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10231 times:

Hi Martijn,

well worth the wait, your report was fantastic, especially the little-visited Greenland photos.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
This made me laugh, you get 2 flying blue miles for each chocolate bar you purchase! How much chocolate equals one Trans-Atlantic trip in business class?

There are often offers for return tickets for 40,000 miles, 20,000 miles one way. So buy 10,000 bars of chocolate for EUR10,000!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10057 times:

Hi Martijn,

Better late than never and like many other fellows have said, it’s worth waiting! Great final with many beautiful pictures. Greenland is just stunning!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
If they would have fitted in my suitcase I’d have one of these at home by now 

So will you bring a bigger suitcase next time?   


Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
The car that got me there, it was only me, a guide and a German couple on this tour

That is what I call a private tour.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Very cool sign

Viking ahead?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Sugar Loaf Hill

The Greenland’s version.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
A young reindeer

Soo cute!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
It was amazing to walk on it!

I can imagine that. Was it slippery?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
It was a very strange feeling to know you could just leave them outside and leave the bike unlocked, as there’s no crime here!

Isn’t it sad that it cannot be that way everywhere?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
After I had enough of the mosquitos I decided to go inside.

I thought mosquitoes hated cold temperature.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
In the latter case the authorities may have separated our baggage from their baggage on the ramp and that would explain the delay and why they were wet.

What if your luggage was not water proof?


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10003 times:

Hi Martijn,

So glad to find the last part of your trip up to Greenland online! I actually thought that I had missed it, but alas no, here it is.

A lot of stunning shots from Greenland and the rugged landscape plus the glaciers there, absolutely love them all! I heard that there's basically nothing around the SFJ airport, no city, nothing and your pictures seem to prove it. Good to know there's a hostel nearby though, I think I will end up in Greenland at some point and this info might come handy.

You should've joined in the drinking with the Greenlanders on the flight to CPH, I heard these people are really heavy drinkers. I've seen quite a few drunken people from that flight during my frequent passages through Kastrup....  

So when are you going to the Faroese?


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9835 times:

Hoi Martijn, great report with some goed looking pics. Never really imagined the weather being so good in Greenland, not even during the summers  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
They are both eaten by the locals and taste very good!

Interesting. Suppose if that was Arizona, people would've reacted quite a lot on eating rudolf  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Very long shadow due to the low sun that never sets

Despite the looong shadow, it's pretty easy to recognize the man behind it  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I did actually get to see some really large chunks of ice break off, which was very cool

Enjoy it while we still can!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
as there’s no crime here!

Suppose that's unheard of in Holland!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
This seat map shows the cabin layout.

Interesting, if I've counted right there should be 54 Business Class seats in that aircraft. What's the purpose for that? I highly doubt that there's that much premium traffic to Greenland? Did the marketing guy mention anything on this. Also what type of Business Class seats did they have?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
How much chocolate equals one Trans-Atlantic trip in business class?

Suppose those miles would double up again when paying with your Flying Blue American Express Gold card!  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9634 times:
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Hi all! Thanks for all your replies.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 14):
Oh boy... Dangerous

Not at all, they we're very nice!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Thanks again for all three parts of the report, enjoyed them very much. It certainly sparked my desire to travel to Greenland as well
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Greenland does indeed look like a great destination. Your writing and pictures really makes me wanna go there some day!
Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 17):
One of the best series of trip report's I've read, great job!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
great last part of your Greenland series, the scenery there is lovely.

Thanks guys! I'm glad you all liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):

One-way or round trip? 15000 or 30000 bars required...
Quoting signol (Reply 19):
There are often offers for return tickets for 40,000 miles, 20,000 miles one way. So buy 10,000 bars of chocolate for EUR10,000!

Thanks for doing the math 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Viking ahead?

Hi Suryo, it actually means it's an area where dog sleds are not permitted!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):

I can imagine that. Was it slippery?

Not particularly, the top layer is snow that froze, and it's very coarse stuff with melting water running through it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):

Isn’t it sad that it cannot be that way everywhere?

It sure is..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
I thought mosquitoes hated cold temperature.

Well they certainly thrive in summers here. I hear Northern Scandinavia gets really bad in the summer too. I was lucky to only encounter them on the very last day of my trip.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):

What if your luggage was not water proof?

I guess it would be a good motivator to invest in some water proof stuff!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
So glad to find the last part of your trip up to Greenland online! I actually thought that I had missed it, but alas no, here it is.

Hi P, yeah it took a little longer then planned, but oh well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
I heard that there's basically nothing around the SFJ airport, no city, nothing and your pictures seem to prove it.

It's true, and you know, I loved it! It was quite a strange idea to have an airport which is of considerable size, yet nothing around it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
You should've joined in the drinking with the Greenlanders on the flight to CPH, I heard these people are really heavy drinkers. I've seen quite a few drunken people from that flight during my frequent passages through Kastrup....

Well that's probably what you get when the booze in Greenland is 12 euro's per beer.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

So when are you going to the Faroese?

I have been looking into going there actually! Is it worth a visit?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Hoi Martijn, great report with some goed looking pics. Never really imagined the weather being so good in Greenland, not even during the summers

Hi Jonas. Yes I was lucky, I only had some rain in Nuuk, but the weather in Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq was absolutely perfect. You could easily go in a short sleeved shirt without wearing a coat, until you get to any bodies of ice where it gets really cold!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):

Suppose that's unheard of in Holland!

Yes well at least in the area I'm from..

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Did the marketing guy mention anything on this. Also what type of Business Class seats did they have?

I actually wondered the same thing. He did tell me there were talks of reducing the business class section for more economy seats. I found this picture on Wikipedia. The inflight magazine is really cool too.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...iness-class-airbus-a330-norsaq.jpg

Regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26933 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9439 times:

Very nice report and amazing photos and landscape. You were so lucky to get the Air Greenland A330   Would love to get on that !

Regards

OA260  


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 25, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9302 times:

Hi Martijn ! ... end of the super trilogy ...

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
They used empty JATO bottles for decoration everywhere!

... they used JATO bottles for what ? ... nice souvenir  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I had good conversations with various GL employees on the ground and in the air.

Maybe you have the answer to the following topics : if they are a profitable or the Danish government helps... why do not fly to Canada or the USA ... any plans to implement euro-with hihihiih ... how to survive the winter with Nordic alcohol tax law and nowhere near the ferry to Tallin or Maarianhamina hmmm

Thanks Martijn for sharing ...stipica  



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 26, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9183 times:

Hi Martijn,

It was worth the wait! Simply fantastic and one of my favourite series of reports here on A.net. Thank you for including so many photos of the Greenlandic landscape with those impressive glaciers, I wonder what things will look in 50 or 100 years.

Love the Air Greenland building at SFK in the same bright colour as the planes, bet that really stands out when there’s a snowstorm !

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
we ran into a reindeer

Beautiful.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I don’t smoke, but the smoking area had more uses as I found out, a great observation deck!

I too usually avoid smoking areas like the plague, but have found they do have their use, Santorini & Las Palmas in particular!

Their A330 simply is the prettiest around in that livery, like you I wouldn’t be able to stop taking pictures!

I’m glad you had such a successful & memorable trip, I hope I’ll make it to Greenland one day too……

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 27, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8976 times:
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Hi guys! Thanks for the replies.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Very nice report and amazing photos and landscape. You were so lucky to get the Air Greenland A330 Would love to get on that !

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting stipica (Reply 25):
... they used JATO bottles for what ? ... nice souvenir

Those are rocket bottles that used to assist C-130 planes in take-off

Quoting stipica (Reply 25):
Maybe you have the answer to the following topics : if they are a profitable or the Danish government helps... why do not fly to Canada or the USA ... any plans to implement euro-with hihihiih

GL used to operate a flight to BWI but it was not profitable..

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):
It was worth the wait! Simply fantastic and one of my favourite series of reports here on A.net.

Thanks for the kind words H  

Best regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 5
Reply 28, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8841 times:

Wow, just wow.

Thank you for another breathtaking trip report from this amazing part of the world.

You are very lucky to visit there, hope I'll get there oneday too.

Thank you for shearing, it was a pleasure.

Jonathan



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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 29, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8692 times:
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Quoting EL-AL (Reply 28):
Wow, just wow.

Thank you for another breathtaking trip report from this amazing part of the world.

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineaviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 30, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

Hi Martijn,

Did I search after talking to you and enjoyed every bit of your TR.
You spent hours and hours writing them, but reading them and watching the video´s and keeping track on google earth took me quite some time as well. But that´s not a problem for us a.nutters isn´t it?

Regards,
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