25 August, 2019, the Ryder expedition
Have you ever been to Wulff Land? Few people have. We say we are the first here. No ship has sailed in the fjord before us. We look upon ourselves as the “Explorers”. But we are not the first. Far from it. We see signs of human activity everywhere. Believe it or not there is airstrips all around. Practically every flight reveals a new air strip, a new reminder of people before us. We are far from the first we know now. The Land Team have found a couple of previously undiscovered archaeological sites. Could be up to 4 000 years old, says people onboard who knows such things. It´s a guess. Needs to be dated. People who were here in a warmer time? The first-place people inhabited on Greenland. Is that possible? How did they get here? We have one of the worlds’ strongest icebreakers and could hardly get in. And only God knows if we can get out. Wind on Canadian side comes from west. We have wind from south. In some way the wind pushes the ice masses, so they collide in the middle and to that an added force from the ice masses from all the Arctic waiting to be squeezed out south through Nares Strait. And we will later have to pass all this inferno to go south and home.
Wulff Land made an impression
What about Wulff Land. Our Land Team was there. The Beach Team was there. Our Arctic Loggers where there. Fantastic they say! Herds of musk oxen, wolfs, hares. Green, green grass. One day, one morning everything growing on the ground, not much, is brown and dry and ready for the winter coming. In the afternoon, after sunshine its green and food for the living creatures here. It must be a thin line between life and death up here. How do they survive the winter? Where do they find something to eat? Snow can´t be that thick as we are in a desert. But how can they find something under there even if it´s thin? Slim chance you find something eatable if you just brush off the snow in a random place. 99,9999999% is sand, rocks and gravel if you count of the glaciers. They seem to be 99,99999 whatever % of Greenland. Perhaps a bit less.
Text av: Ulf Hedman