Project Greenland - Annular Solar Eclipse - June 2021
Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is a little further away from the Earth so at this point in its rotation a "ring of fire" or annulus remains around the edge of the Moon when it moves across the surface of the Sun. This is an unusual annular eclipse because at this time of year in the high Arctic the sun is above the horizon all day. Sudden darkness at mid-day will be a most unusual sight, perhaps with interesting effects on the wildlife. Our itinerary combines observation of this event with a visit to the stunning land of tundra and glaciers.
North Greenland is the essence of the Arctic regions, offering everything from northern lights (in Winter) and midnight sun (in Summer) to icebergs and Greenlandic hunting culture involving dog sledding. It boasts a vast Arctic tundra with monstrous glaciers that carve icebergs into the sea and a coastline of ice and ancient rock formations. Along the coastline stretching thousands of miles lie small communities based on hunting and fishing.
Our base for the eclipse is Qaanaaq (formerly known as Thule) which has long been known to poets, explorers and philosophers as the 'place at the edge of the known world'. Ancient Inuit people were the first pioneers to this rugged region and many cultural traditions are still a part of everyday life. At 870 miles from the North Pole it is Greenland’s northernmost town. Stunning natural beauty will surround you for this annular solar eclipse and you will get the chance to experience a cornucopia of arctic adventures including, dog sledding, giant icebergs and the Ilulissat Icefjord, honoured with a place on the esteemed list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.