Day 7 : Narsaq — Nanortalik (By Boat)
On our way to Nanortalik we refueled at Qaqortoq ( Julianehĺb ) (No picture!)
View towards the north from hotel room in Hotel Kap Farvel where we stayed for two nights in Nanortalik.
Nanortalik means 'place of bears', i. e. polar bears, but we didn't meet any, not this time of the year. Each winter however several polar bears are spotted in the area
Around Nanortalik the geological map is coloured in as "pelitic to semipelitic gneiss, often with considerable pegmatite migmatisation, generally with cordierite and sillimanite".
Day 8 :Pictorial Trip Report
Visit to the Nalunaq Gold Mine
From Nanortalik (point 5) we sailed to the landing place for the Nalunaq Gold Mine (point 2). Two cars from the mining company picked us up and drove us the five miles up to the campsite, on the valley floor approximately 230 meters above sea level. Although Nalunaq means something like ” a place that is difficult to find” or 'go out and look for rocks' we were guided to it without any difficulties.
Day 10 : Narssârssuk – pegmatite outcrops
A boat from Blue Ice took us to the starting point for our hike.
Narssârssuk is a smaller (syenite) pegmatite in the western part of the Igferfigssalik centre, related to a porphyritic microsyenite intrusion. A few hundred meters away is the Nanna Pegmatite (Narsaarsuup Qaava).
Icebergs forming a semicircle around a moraine under water (to the south of Narsarsuaq). Photo taken on our way up to stop 1.
In the morning we went ashore where the arrow is and walked up to stop 1 and 2 (pegmatites) and back in the afternoon. Stop 1 and 2 are both about 300 m above sea level. They are at the foot of the highest summit in the area, namely the mountain Illerfissalik (Burfjeld in Danish)(outside the map area - to the right/east of the 2 stops)
The Igaliko nepheline syenite complex (Gardar province intrusions) covers an area of about 45 km2 between the fjords of Igaliko and Tunnulliarfiq (Eriksfjord) to the west and the inland ice in the east.
The syenite complex has four clearly separated intrusion centres and is one of the largest of its sort in the world. The mineral composition is generally simple with alkali feldspar and alkali nepheline as the main minerals, but in places the mineral composition has been changed through assimilation of host rocks.
The relatively small outcrops of the Narssârssuk and Nana pegmatites (stop 1 and 2) lie in the middle of the youngest syenite group.