As we approached Greenland, the weather turned rough: 10-12 foot seas, 40 knot winds, air temperature 39F, sea water temperature 36. We also saw our first ice today. This delayed our entry into the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. It is hard to conceive of a country the size of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain combined, with only 57,000 people. Nuuk has almost half of them. In comparison, tiny Iceland has 355,000 people.
Slowly, the weather improved and we were able to tender ashore after lunch. The city has a combination of traditional, wooden structures and new, modern high-rise buildings. As the day progressed, the weather improved, and by 10 o'clock in the evening, it was beautiful. The weather forecast for our next scheduled port was so bad, that the captain chose to spend the night at Nuuk, do another short shore visit in the morning and then get underway for our next Greenland port: Qaqortoq.
The morning dawned with a renewal of the fog, and after a short, cold, visit, we resumed our journey.