April usually is a very good month for seal hunting at the ice edge outside of Ittoqqortoormiit. This year, ice conditions have been different.
There has hardly been any open water to speak of, for a long time. It has basically looked like you can see on these two pictures (taken from the hill behind the hot springs at Kap Tobin) for many weeks.
At the same time, the store has run out for dog food! Luckily, we are able to borrow some from one of our neighbours. So, the dogs will survive until hunting conditions improve, or the store gets new supplies.
Again, I´ve put together a slideshow for you, and this time there are images from the hot spring at Kap Tobin, dog sledding around Kap Swaison (in search for open water) and Kap Tobin, and this years dog sled race! Ingkasi participated, and you can find out how it went for him, at the end of the video!
Ingkasi hanging out with his brother and cousins, after the race
I´ve been at the hot spring in Kap Tobin many, many times. I never get tired of it. While I love the silence of calm arctic winter days, by the time April comes, I am ready for a change. Running water, in an environment where everything else is frozen solid, sounds like music to my ears. This year, with the weather during the winter months being very stormy and unpredictable, the music sounds sweeter then ever!
Today, we woke up to the sound of a blizzard. It hasn`t been that stormy for a long time. This might just be what is needed to create better hunting conditions! We are excited to see how the storm might have changed the ice, and what the coming weeks holds in store.
Best Wishes to you all 🙂 !