Day 6 – Siorapaluk (Arctic Paradise redefined)
About halfway the sleds were grinded to a hold and the two drivers stripped all gear off one of the sleds and turned it upside down. Apparently of the runners had been damaged and the next half an hour the two hunters planed the runner until it was smooth and perfect looking again.
Houses were generally well maintained and on this Sunday kids were playing with small sleds, pulling them far uphill and then taking turns practising manoeuvring the sled downhill again. They seem to learn the sledding craft early in this part of the world.
We toured the Settlement for a while, we stopped at the local church which used to function as a school until very recently. Stands with the remains of hunted animals, such as the head of a walrus or the skull from a seal or a dead sled dog are placed, alongside what looks like a tiny sled with fur on the seat. It was not until I got back to Ilulissat that the mystery was solved, it was a tiny sled used to rail the riffle when sneaking up on seals on the ice during winter. Siorapaluk really is an amazing place to visit.
We carried the two chunks to the tent and I prepared a birthday meal of boiled rice, chilli sauce and meat balls.
Later that evening we watched the sunset and a half full moon travel in a slow pace over the sky as sunset skiped nightfall and slowly faded into sunrise before heading to sleep in the warm arctic sleeping bags.