The Arctic is not a straight forward research destination and our USGS scientists could not fly directly from the United States to Nuuk, Greenland. Instead, they flew past Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland, and then, to Nuuk. On September 1st, Dr. Lisa Robbins boarded a fight from Boston, Massachusetts to Reykjavik for the first part of her journey to Greenland.
Dr. Robbins could not leave for Nuuk until the next morning on September 2nd so, before her flight to Greenland, she had a local a taxi driver take her around Iceland’s famous Golden Circle to visit interesting geological sites. The Blue Lagoon is a popular tourist destination particularly for swimming. A visit to these hot springs revealed a geothermal energy plant in action. In fact, Orkustofnun, the national energy authority of Iceland, states that 25% of the total electricity in Iceland is from geothermal energy sources. In addition, she visited the Bridge Between Continents. Iceland is one of only a few places on Earth where a plate boundary is easily accessible and this bridge is over the boundary between the North American and the Eurasian lithospheric plates.
Later in the day, Dr. Robbins and a few of her shipmates for the research cruise boarded an Air Greenland plane to Nuuk, Greenland. The flight had a strong headwind making a refueling stop in Kangaatsiaq, Greenland before arriving in Nuuk three hours late.