08-Jul-2014 -- CP 66N/50W
This CP is located 115 km south of Greenland’s international airport Kangerlussuaq, according to the 1:500000 Saga Map No. 3 of the VIKING Polar Cruise Series. It is on the inland ice, with a minimum distance of 5 km from solid ground. Any access to the area is blocked by lakes and glaciers, thus a visitor’s path on ice increases to 45-50 km or, perhaps better, to 150 km, if he or she enters the ice cap in the Kangerlussuaq area, either near point 575 m, as usual, or in the Ørkendalen (c.f. our year 2014 report concerning the neighbour CP 67°N/50°W).
Our best approach of CP 66°N/50°W (July 8, 2014) was not better than 105 km on ground, as any attempt will end in the valley Aussivigssuit. Here a river that flows into the Umivit bay of the fjord Kangerdlugssuaq (Søndre Strømfjord) poses insurmountable problems by its amount of water, velocity of flow, sediment, and quick sand. But, thanks to Air Greenland, our next flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk (July 14, 2014) followed largely the 51°W longitude and gave us a good view to 66°N/50°W. All photos were shot towards east or southeast with a field of vision between 50° 50’ and 50°W, and their chronological order reads #3, #1 (2), #4, #5, while flying from North to South .
Picture #1 is an overview of the CP-area. The arrow in Picture #2, a copy of #1, points towards the CP 66°N/50°W which is located between two small summits (950 m and 960 m), so-called nunataks, i.e. summits which show out of the ice cap. A nearly circular glacier (diameter: 15 km), covered with snow except for the 1300 m summit in the middle, is west of the CP. In Picture #3 the very large (90 km) lake Tasersiaq is seen to block any access to the circular glacier and the CP from north. The lake in the lower left corner of the photo, i.e. northwest of the glacier, is directly connected with and west of the 1090 m-lake. Its eastern neighbour is the 1220 m-lake. In Picture #1 there is a lake in the middle of the photo that has a rectangular shape. This is the 870 m-lake west of the glacier. In Picture #4 the western neighbour lake (750 m) of the rectangular lake of picture #1 can now be seen in the foreground, left from the two glacier tongues. While the photo #5 was shot the plane was over 66°N/51°W. [As most of the lakes have no name, they are referred here by their (Saga Map~) altitudes.]