Thursday, 12 August 2010
I could hardly believe it when I read our flight itinerary. I had to read it twice, just to be sure, but there it was in black and white: the first leg of our journey home was by helicopter.
It makes sense when you think about it. Most of Greenland's towns aren't connected by road, making air travel very important. Yet many towns don't have the space for an airstrip - even for small planes - so helicopters flit between helipads.
I was just over the moon to learn that we were getting a free helicopter ride, included in our ticket price. I'd never been in a helicopter before.
I don't remember my first aeroplane flight, so flying has always seemed natural to me - but the helicopter take-off blew me away. For starters, it's incredibly noisy. But the main difference was the way it moved - tipping forwards during take-off, wobbling from side to side... every little unpredictable movement catching my attention.
It was only a ten minute flight, but I was on the edge of my seat for the whole time. It was like a gentle rollercoaster, weaving between steep mountains, floating above the scattered icebergs. It was simply exhilarating, and I can't wait to have chance to do it again.
Many thanks to Andy for the photos!