Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Elduvik, hidden wonder village in the Faroe Islands,

Have you ever heard about Elduvik ? And still, this is a charming small village in astonishing scenario. Fjords are a Norse privilege, but Elduvik is not Icelandic, Norwegian, Greenlandic or even Canadian.

Elduvik sits on a remote corner of Eysturoy, an island of the remote Faroe archipelago. No wonder it keeps some authenticity from old times, and all that makes it a fine Ultima Thule.

Elduvik is an ancient settlement - the oldest written mention of the village is the Hundebrevet, a document from the Faroe Islands, written between 1350 and 1400.

On the Funningsfjørður inlet, at Eysturoy island's northeast side, Elduvik is 31 km north of Tórshavn, the capital town. The village is split into two parts by the small creek, and houses are assembled in two clusters on both sides of the little stream.

Elduvik east side and the view to Kalsoy in the distance.

Elduvík, Eysturoy, Faroe Islands

Coordinates: 62°17′ N, 6° 54′W
Population: ~ 30

Elduvík with its clustering houses protecting each other.

Old houses in traditional grass-roofed style are still standing.

Elduvik gives an impressive experience of the variety of Faroese scenery and habitation style.

A black tarred wooden house with foundations of masonry natural stone.

Tourist lodge for summer, Millum Stovu 2

The view:

The colors of Elduvik.

The first church in Elduvík was established in 1951.

Elduvik Church is just above the river. In front, the old school (red) facing the fiord.
It is built in white painted wood.

The clock tower that stands out from the gable.The church's old clock is from 1951, molded by The Smithy Foundries in Aalborg.

The church has three-storey ceilings and both the ceiling and walls are painted in a pale yellow color.

Under the ceiling hangs a model of a ferry boat.

The church does not turn west-east, as normal, but north-south.

Just a few meters from the church, "The Old Store" is now a tourist lodge.

And the nexr house has the post box and fire pump.

At the fjord's bank are the old stores and boat houses.

A ramp slipway to help the small boats up from the fjord's waters.

A scenic quay bt the Funning fjord.

The Stóra stream flowing into the fjord. Far away the island of Kalsoy.

An Aurora over the Funningsfjørður:

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Salluit (Sugluk), a sub-arctic inuit village at nothernmost Quebec

Salluit (formerly Sugluk) is the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, Canada, located on a narrow water inlet 20 km inland from the Hudson Strait. It is not accessible by road, only by sea or by air through Salluit Airport.

Salluit means "The Thin Ones" in local Inuktitut, referring to local inhabitants in a time when they faced starvation for the tundra was bare and deserted of herds.

Salluit, Quebec (facing Hudson Bay)

Coordinates: 62° 12′ N, 75° 39′ W
Population:  ~1 400

Hidden among rugged mountains rising close to 500 m., Salluit is a strategic coastal location for meetings attended by people of the Hudson and Northern Quebec shores.

In 1926 the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) established a fur trading post on the far shore of Sugluk Inlet, and in 1930 a store and dwelling was built at present-day Salluit.

Salluit's main road, sloping down to the Hudson Strait inlet.

The golden years of fur trading came to an end around 1936 when the price of pelts collapsed.

As more public services were being installed, Inuit settled around the small village. The first residential houses were built in 1959 and ten years later the native 'Northern' store was established.

New housing: heated, better insulated, two-storey bright coloured houses.

Salluit is located in the low Arctic tundra, in the continuous permafrost zone.

Residential streets.

Crab and fish (freshwater char), seal and walrus hunting are traditional activities that remain important in the community. Besides sea food, there is caribou and ptarmigan hunting, though the decreasing caribou herd is under some protection.

The small fishing fleet remains ashore, stuck in ice the whole winter, waiting for warm spring melting.

Mussel picking in shallow waters at low tide.

New buildings: Hotel and Northern store

The new Hotel Salluit

A cozy space in town.

The Church

In 1930 a Catholic mission was established at the new settlement, but closed some twenty years later. This wide anglican church was built in 1957.

The parish is currently vacant.

Ikusik School
The Ikusik bright blue secondary school in a sunny moment.

The new Nautauvvik sports center, with a fine pool.

The CEN Station

CEN Salluit Research Station is owned and run by Centre d’Études  Nordiques whose secretariat is based at Université Laval, Québec. Salluit is a major observatory site for permafrost studies.

The station, at 62°12’ N, 75°38’ W,  was bult in 2011; a single cabin that can accommodate up to 7 researchers year-round and a container for storing scientific equipment and tools.

The Inuit of Salluit (as in other areas around in Nunavik) have kept a tradition of stone scarving art.

Woman in traditional Amauti playing with child.
[Inuit carver from Salluit]

Caribou roaming the frozen coastal tundra.

NV Salluit is an example of the once miserable native communities that in recent years have reborn as they benefited from some investment and attention. Arctic settlements in Canada show quite visible signs of civilization that are mostly absent elsewhere - as in Alaska or Siberia.

As one should expect Salluit is a great place to observe auroras.

Salluit by the long winter nights.