The east coast of Greenland was unknown territory for the white man before the 1900 century. Only occasionally it was visited in the 1900 century.
Ammassalik was discovered by the dane Gustav Holm on a mapping expedition when 4 inuit Umiaqs rounded the southern tip and went northwards along the east coast of Greenland in 1884. Ammassalik was then the biggest community of East Greenland with some over four hundred inhabitants. They were extremely surprised to see foreign "Umiaqs" arriving in the bay.
The main reason for that so few people ever have visited this land (east coast) is that 90% of the pack ice in the north pole basin have its outlet to the open sea here. This means that there is a hundreds of miles wide barrier of continuos slowly southwards drifting multi-year pack ice present here near all year around. The ice barrier stretches along all of Greenlands east coast except for 2-3 months in late summer and autumn when only the southeastern part is ice free.
The barrier have for all times before 1800 century prevented any ship to reach the coast of North East Greenland.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Posted by Voyage Adviser at 7:22 PM