Signalhøjen

Despite what it may look like, I am not on this trip to Iceland just to hike, I am helping my partner the Viking Explorer with a photo and video project, tracing the routes of the Norse across the Atlantic, from Europe to Vinland (North America). Our next destination is the Southern part of Greenland, what could also be called the Norse Eastern Settlement. Flying to Greenland from Canada directly is both very inconvenient (unless you happen to already live in Nunavut) and expensive. Most tourists from North America will choose to either fly through Reykjavik, or Copenhagen.

We fly into Narsarsuaq, a former US military base (it used to be called Bluie West One) and now the air transportation hub for the region. After settling in at the Narsarsuaq Hostel, I decide to take a quick jog up Signalhøjen (Signal Hill). The pleasant loop can be completed either beginning from the road behind the hostel, or in town. The view on this warm summer evening (Greenland gets a bad rep for being a cold inhospitable place full of glaciers, but it is actually warmer here than Iceland, and I can go walking until 10pm in a t-shirt) gives me a good indication of how amazing the surrounding landscape will be.

Flying from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq, over the formidable east coast of Greenland
Flying from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq, over the formidable east coast of Greenland
I completed the loop in a clockwise manner, past the pond to the left, over the top and back down into the town site
I completed the loop in a clockwise manner, past the pond to the left, over the top and back down into the town site
The stump of a wooden pole that used to be part of the US military's radar installation on Signalhøjen
The stump of a wooden pole that used to be part of the US military’s radar installation on Signalhøjen
Air traffic beacon on the summit
Air traffic beacon on the summit
Looking towards the glacier Kiattuut Sermiat, the Ridge in front of it, sweeping to the lower left
Looking towards the glacier Kiattuut Sermiat, The Ridge (another popular hike) in front of it, sweeping to the lower left
Beautiful light on the way back down
Beautiful light on the way back down
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