Our ship left Iceland and set a course for Greenland across the Denmark Strait, sailing in the wake of Erik the Red. Connecting the Denmark Strait with Davis Strait, Prins Christian Sund offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features. This glacially carved fjord system, over 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, crosses Greenland’s southern tip, connecting the east and west coasts by an in-shore route. On entering this narrow channel, our ship was dwarfed by mountains towering to 6,600 feet (2,000 meters) on either side and glaciers tumbling down to sea level. The water was quite placid and the crisp scent of ice filled the air. On either side of the Sund, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides. Icebergs glittering in the sun were constant companions during our passage.
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