After three relaxing days in Nuuk, it was time to depart Greenland. The weather window opened to Iceland, or so I thought. My route was scheduled to climb to 13,000 ft over the ice cap and remain there for hours. Outside air temperatures decreased to -15c as I progressed eastward. It was impossible to keep warm, even with the heater on full blast.
Beneath my plane lay clouds at 11,000 ft and the two mile thick layer of ice called the Greenland Ice cap. My view was largely blocked due to the cloud layer. On a clear day, previous RTW pilots have spotted dozens of polar bears wandering across the massive cap.
Thousands of icebergs were visible as I crossed over the east coast of Greenland.
The most spectacular flying you will ever do.
Despite the bone chilling temperatures, most RTW pilots will agree flying over eastern Greenland is the best flying they will experience in their lifetime.
The assigned route from the east coast of Greenland to Iceland. By the time this picture was taken, I was pretty much frozen. I descended to a lower altitude, but still wanted to stay high for safety. I continued on for the next 500nm over the North Atlantic at 130 knots TAS to save fuel.
The cloud layer was up 11,000 ft as I approached the coast of Iceland. ATC reported light icing at 5,000 ft. On descent I managed to pick up ice on the windshield and leading edges of the wings, which melted below 3,500 ft. There was no decrease in performance of the air frame or engine. The alternative airports reported similar conditions. I flew a very precise approach in instrument conditions and landed at BIRK chilled to the bone. No flight this far north can be taken casually.