Pond Inlet & Eclipse Sound
As we headed into Pond Inlet a thick layer of fog blanketed the sea. Icebergs, although smaller than the ones we have been viewing over the past few days, still held us in fascination as they stood like sentinels along our pathway in the sea. Pond Inlet is a small hamlet located at the top of Baffin Island and although small from most standards, it is the largest of the four communities above the 72nd parallel. For us, the life of the Inuit people who live here is hard to imagine. A life where the ocean around them is free of ice for only about three and a half months of the year, where the winters are long and dark, and the summers are short and filled with light for all hours of the day. As different a life as the Inuit have from us now, it was even more so when the people here were nomadic, and life in the far north was even more distant from what we can imagine. Now, the Inuit are a people caught between a life completely interwoven with the natural world around them, and a standard of life that modern society feels is appropriate for all people to abide by, living in a mixed subsistence economy.
Before any visit to the tiny hamlet would happen we would first need to clear Canadian Customs and Immigrations, and as one would imagine that clearing the entire capacity of guests, crew, and staff, as well as all of the provisions and equipment an operation such as National Geographic Explorer took some time. Read More>
Aug 2, 2015
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