We had little idea of what to expect as we punctured through the fog of the Labrador Sea and finally saw the Fjord that led to our land fall at Faeringhavn. We selected this place not for its comforts and amenities but for its desolation and mystery – Faeringehavn is home to an abandoned village and fishing station. We though it fitting to begin our journey through Greenland – a country of mystery and intrigue – by visiting one of its unique sites that epitomizes just that.
We decided to start off by having a quick peak at the abandoned fishing station. As we rounded one of the stone outcrops jutting from the water a row of derelict buildings that lined a broken quay slowly revealed itself. We were stunned our little fishing station was in fact a sprawling abandoned fishing town, consisting of warehouses, power plant, dams, hospital, homes, theatre, barracks, cafeteria, machine shops and administrative buildings. Once we had anchored and tied our lines to the derelict dock we all ran off in our different directions with excitement to explore this bizarre and wonderful place.
Traces of the past lay everywhere – personal effects were sprawled amongst fully furnished ransacked buildings that the elements were slowly reclaiming. Kitchens were complete with utensils, living rooms with couches, common rooms with pool tables, fooz ball and pianos, fishing warehouses filled with massive diesel engines, furnaces, cranes, tractors, boat, freezer rooms, tons and tons of salt, fishing equipment and offices lined with cabinets, bedrooms with dressers, beds, and night tables all in various stages of deterioration. All this sitting under leaky roves, under fallen walls and ceilings and by broken wind swept windows. This human infrastructure abandoned in a beautiful and serene landscape with nothing for hundreds of miles. A village frozen in a time that long passed.
After hours of exploring on our own we met up and toured through the most notable spots discussing what could have happened there. The setting was all too much like a scene from an apocalyptic movie – we ourselves felt affected by its energy.