South Greenland - Day 20 : Nuuluk
In the morning the weather was pretty good. That was nice as the views are much better when it isn't cloudy. At first I climbed back up to 700 meters, which went surprisingly well. The view towards the valley I came from was beautiful. As I had more than enough time I took a long break to enjoy it. While going down I had one of the nicest views thus far. I saw the ice shelf, granite mountains, the fjord, the village Igaliku, and a nearby lake. To the left I saw Eriksfjord filled with icebergs.
From here it was a 350 meters descent to the lake, before starting the climb up Nuuluk. At first I just needed to walk up along a river to 500 meters. From a distance the mountain seemed way too steep and dangerous to climb. There was a suggested route on the map and I was sure I was in the right area, but it was hard to tell if I needed to climb up here or 200 meters further. After looking around for 15 minutes I picked to place that seemed to make most sense. I filled my water bottle just in case and started climbing. Using my hands I barely managed to get up. By the time I reached a less steep area I knew I wouldn't have gone up if I had known it would be this steep. It took another hour of climbing to reach the top, but that part was much less dangerous. I ate lunch while enjoying the amazing view. Fortunately it wasn't very cloudy.
I started the descend. The first part went quite smooth and having seen everything from up high I found my way back easily. The last 50 altimeters again were very steep and it took some time to find a (relatively) safe way down. At the bottom were some other people. I realized that apart from some boats and helicopters these were the first people I saw since leaving Qaqortoq 4 days ago. I hadn't missed people at all. I still had a chat with them to see if they had done some nice hikes, but they were just on a day trip from Igaliku. They had also considered climbing Nuuluk and asked how hard it was. I told them it was fine on top but the first part was dangerous and I didn't recommend it. They were glad they hadn't tried. The first part hadn't been steeper than some of the other climbs I had done, and also not very long, but there were too many loose rocks.
The description about Nuuluk on the back of my map was again short and brief. It literally said 'walk to 300 meters of elevation, turn left and climb to the top of the mountain'. After I had left Nuuluk behind I walked downhill towards Igaliku. I am currently camping about 2 km away. Supposedly there are some more ruins there. Erik the Red used to have his parlement here, so there must be a lot of rocks. From here I will probably take a detour to visit another nice viewpoint. As most of the terrain is flat I don't expect too much difficulties. Despite the many days (weeks) of hiking I still feel relatively fine. I just looked at all the photos I have taken thus far. I may be a bit biased but those were definitely in the top 3 of most beautiful vacation photos I have ever seen. My flight won't leave for another 5 days, so hopefully I can add some more.