Baffin Island Tour
|BAFFIN ISLAND TOUR (Northern
(Rebuilt from old images by Yoland in october 2016 -
documents from 2006, author unknown, copyright SPA 2016)
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Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, is the largest
island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Its area is
507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and its
population is about 11,000 (2007 estimate). It is located 65.4215 N and
70.9654 W. Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely
that the island was known to Pre-Columbian
Norse explorers from Greenland and Iceland and that it was the location
of Helluland, spoken of in the Icelandic sagas (the Grœnlendinga
saga and the Saga of Erik the Red, Eirķks saga rauša).
The island has been continuously
inhabited by Inuit peoples for thousands of years. In September 2008, Nunatsiaq
News reported that a team led by Dr. Patricia Sutherland of the Canadian Museum of Civilization had found
archaeological remains of yarn, Eurasian rats, tally sticks, a carved
wooden Dorset culture face mask depicting Caucasian features, and
possible architectural remains, which indicated that European traders
and possibly settlers had been on Baffin Island not later than AD 1000.
"Old World contact" that may have been is unclear; the
states: "Dating of some yarn and other artifacts, presumed to be left
by Vikings on Baffin Island, have
produced an age that predates the Vikings by several hundred years. So
you have to consider the possibility that as remote as it may seem,
these finds may represent evidence of contact with Europeans prior to
the Vikings' arrival in Greenland". Dr Sutherland's research eventually
led to a 2012 announcement that whetstones had been found with remnants
of alloys indicative of Viking presence. The archaeological
site at Tanfield Valley is thought to have been a trading post, and
thus Baffin Island would be Helluland.
In this tour you will transport Canadian
Governement officials all around the territory for a visit to the Inuit
tribe's Chiefs. I recommend the use of a rather fast twin props
aircraft that would be the best choice to fly the somewhat long
distance legs of a wonderful tour over vast wild territories (i.e. DHC6
Twin Otter). Enjoy !
KMIA, KMSP or EGLL one can reach Iqaluit (CYFB) with a fast long
range business jet.
As for all OLDIES, flights, flight number = 9OLDIES