I arrived in Kangerluk at about 11pm. There was nobody around at that time apart from fishermen working on a cutter on the fjord. I set up my tent close to the fjord next to a structure that was erected for drying fish or meat of seals and suited perfectly to also hold my antenna. Happily, I prepared still some food again and went to sleep.
The next day was again a sunny one. I was looking forward to get new food rations from the store and in particular some soft drinks that I was really missing. I got up at about 7 am. The store opens at 10 am. After eating (again) I was ready for the shop to open. Still, I was far too early for the day’s main event. I went around, enjoying the weather, the silence and the peace around. I was close to the store and I was about 9am and first signs became apparent.
A friendly fellow came down from the upper part of the village. Lars, the name of him, was a mechanic and takes care of the generator providing electricity to the village. He is a very kind and friendly guy and he asked me about where I came from, to where I am heading, and so on. He invited me for a coffee to his working place and we got to talk. He told me a lots of things about Greenland, its nature, the Greenlandic culture, his earlier jobs in many different places of Greenland, and polar bears. I was very curious about his experiences with polar bears e.g. at Zackenberg, a research station in northeast of Greenland, but also nearby.
I got very different feedback on the likelihood of polar bear encounters on Disko Island and I was interested to get to know about his. He told me that there none on Disko Island in summer. However, he told me about one incident that happened 2 years ago in winter on the opposite side of Diskofjord close to the former meteorological station where a huge polar bear was killed in self defense by one of his neighbors.