Helicopter Flight above Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

 

Pond Inlet is located on the northeastern coast of Baffin Island, Canada, on the shores of Navy Board Inlet with Bylot Island across the Inlet.  Our flight took us part way down Navy Board Inlet and then to the west, climbing up over the 5,000-foot high cliffs for amazing views of the glaciers on the interior of Baffin Island.  Our return flight to the ship, anchored in Navy Board Inlet, gave us fantastic views of Pond Inlet and the surrounding area.  Note that Pond Inlet is a jumping off point for many ships embarking on the East to West transit of the Northwest Passage – this summer the town expected to receive 22 cruise and exploration ships (including our ship, which is technically a private residential yacht with an ice-hardened hull, enabling us to make the transit WITHOUT the assistance of an ice breaker – in both 2012 and 2019).

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island as we flew inland (to the west)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the front of our ship

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the bow (fore/front) of our ship

 

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