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Today was an emotional rollercoaster of a day in East Greenland. Once again, we were blessed with the most glorious sunny weather, which only added to the breathtaking beauty that unfolded before our eyes.
Our morning started with a Zodiac cruise along the shore of Red Island. It was like stepping into a dream. There, amid an "iceberg graveyard," twinkling and shimmering in millions of blue and ice hues, we witnessed a spectacle like no other. It felt like we were sailing through a magical wonderland, where nature itself had painted the most glorious palette for our eyes to behold. We were left awe-struck, surrounded by towering icebergs that glistened under the sun's rays. It was a scene that will forever be etched in our hearts.
But the wonders of the day did not end there. We also had the incredible opportunity to step foot on Red Island itself. As we climbed its rugged hills, we were greeted with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. From high up, it seemed as if we were soaring with the birds, taking in the dramatic fjords and majestic icebergs. It was a perspective that filled our souls with a deep sense of gratitude and awe for the magnificence of Mother Nature.
In the afternoon, Hondius repositioned to the Rode Fjord area, and we eagerly set foot on the shore once again. This time, we embarked on a challenging journey up a high hill. Each step was a test of our determination and physical strength, but those who made it to the top were rewarded with a view that defied words. Beneath our feet stretched a monumental glacier, spanning a staggering 100 kilometres in length or more. It was a sight that left us breathless and humbled. The glacier's towering margin, standing more than 50 meters high, reminded us of its sheer power and relentless movement as massive icebergs floated nearby. It was a stark reminder of the delicate balance that exists within this icy kingdom.
Time seemed to stand still as we stood there in awe, absorbing the magnitude and fragility of our surroundings. Some of us couldn't resist the lure of exploration and embarked on an even longer hike around the glacier's margin. The experience was both thrilling and humbling, as we ventured further into the heart of this frozen wonderland.
As the day ended, we returned to the warmth and comfort of our ship, carrying within us a wealth of incredible experiences. And as the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the Arctic landscape, we couldn't help but be filled with a profound sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunity to witness the raw beauty of East Greenland, gratitude for the resilience of this icy kingdom, and gratitude for the memories we have made together on this emotional journey. With hearts full and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of our world, we head to bed tonight, eagerly anticipating the adventures that await us tomorrow.