Tove’s qeqqussat

Tove moved to Greenland on the 27th of October 1959. She recalls the first week being tough, but it has been great ever since. Every now and then she thinks it might be nice to have apple cake with her mother in Denmark, but feelings of home sickness don’t bother her too much. We wouldn’t feel homesick either if we could hear whales in the bay whilst sitting in our living room.

Tove was working as a nurse at a hospital in Odense, when she met her husband to be, Joel, a porter at the same hospital. Next year they will have been together for 60 years! Tove feels like a citizen of both countries 50/50 and thinks the best thing about Greenland is the ever present laughter. Tove took us to Ippiassuk right across the fjord from Saarloq, her husband’s birthplace. She often comes here to look out at sea and take in the beauty of the Sermitsiaq mountain.

 © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Yet another rental car getting the Eyes as Big as Plates treatment © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

 © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

One of Tove’s favourite things to do is to go to Kangilliit to collect flowers. You can make a bouquet of 23 different kind of flowers from one spot. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

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Frosty seaweed is a fabulous material. it quickly melted in the morning sun and became pretty fragrant and slippy. Tove loved the smell of the ocean that was left on her clothes. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

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© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

 © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

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