Helicopter Flight above Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1

 

Our helicopter flight above Boger Bay on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, took us up to a landing perch at the top of a cliff overlooking the Bay.  While we were up there enjoying the spectacular views and making photographs, fog rolled in over much of the bay, obscuring the mountains and glaciers that had been in plain sight, right in front of us.  Fortunately, we did not get enveloped in the fog and our helicopter was able to easily return to the top of the cliff to deliver us back to the ship.  On the return flight we had a great aerial show by some of the many beluga whales that we had spotted from the Zodiacs earlier in the day.

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 -- a fisheye lens perspective

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 — a fisheye lens perspective

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9 – a pod of beluga whales

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9 – a pod of beluga whales

 

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Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island (polar bears), Nunavut, Canada

Panorama of our ship at anchor in a bay in one of Canada’s most northern islands, Ellesmere Island, where we explored the sedimentary mountain ranges, ice caps, glaciers, fiords, fertile arctic oases and abundant wildlife

Panorama of our ship at anchor in Boger Bay in one of Canada’s most northern islands, Ellesmere Island, where we explored the sedimentary mountain ranges, ice caps, glaciers, fiords, fertile arctic oases and abundant wildlife by Zodiacs and our helicopter

 

Encompassing Canada’s northernmost lands, Ellesmere Island National Park in Nunavut Territory is an enclave of sedimentary mountain ranges, ice caps, glaciers, fiords and fertile arctic oases.  Here, glacial debris ice can be found drifting late into the summer, making it a prime area for wildlife viewing.  During our visit there was so much polar bear activity on shore that we had to cancel our planned hikes.  Instead, we ventured out in Zodiacs for scenic cruising and were surprised with the rare sighting of polar bears dragging up a seal carcass to the beach and then eating it as we drifted by just offshore in our Zodiacs.  Meanwhile, dozens of beluga whales swam by, between our Zodiacs and the beach – at one point creating a challenge for two more polar bears in the water who were attempting to swim ashore to join the eating frenzy (seal carcass).  Look at the photos, below, to see the time line and what happened…

After the Zodiac cruising and helicopter flights [see our upcoming blog post], we sailed to the end of the bay and set an all-time record for our ship’s furthest northern point in North America: 77 degrees 18.92 minutes N latitude and 078 degrees 50.51 minutes W longitude.

 

Tidewater glaciers flowing into the ocean in a bay on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Tidewater glaciers flowing into the ocean in a bay on Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

By the time we arrived on the “scene” in our Zodiac, a mother polar bear and her yearling had dragged a seal carcass up to the beach and were busy eating while two other polar bears (only one is pictured here) were looking on with envy

By the time we arrived on the “scene” in our Zodiac, a mother polar bear and her yearling had dragged a seal carcass up to the beach and were busy eating while two other polar bears (only one is pictured here) were looking on with envy, waiting “their turn” as they weren’t dominant in that group, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

A great spot for a feast of a luncheon! -- Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

A great spot for a feast of a luncheon! — Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

A close up of the mother polar bear, taking a short break from eating, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

A close up of the mother polar bear, taking a short break from eating, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

We took a break too, as we drifted and then checked out this large iceberg full of gulls…, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

We took a break too, as we drifted and then checked out this large iceberg full of gulls…, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Suddenly, we spotted two more polar bears (another mother and yearling) in the water who smelled lunch and were heading towards the shore, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Suddenly, we spotted two more polar bears (another mother and yearling) in the water who smelled lunch and were heading towards the shore, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Oops – traffic jam – the two polar bears in the water couldn’t get ashore for a while due to the large number of beluga whales (the adults are white and the young whales are darker in color) swimming by the shoreline

Oops – traffic jam – the two polar bears in the water couldn’t get ashore for a while due to the large number of beluga whales (the adults are white and the young whales are darker in color) swimming by the shoreline in front of the luncheon spot (note the whales’ spouting water visible against the sandy shore); Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

The swimming polar bears finally made it ashore, shook themselves dry, and proceeded to invite themselves to lunch, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

The swimming polar bears finally made it ashore, shook themselves dry, and proceeded to invite themselves to lunch, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

The first two polar bears hadn’t invited guests for lunch, so the new arrivals starting barking and showing that the new mother was the dominant one on the beach; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

The first two polar bears hadn’t invited guests for lunch, so the new arrivals starting barking and showing that the new mother was the dominant one on the beach; Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

After a few minutes of the standoff, the first mother (on the right with her yearling) relented and made room for the new arrivals to join in the seal luncheon; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

After a few minutes of the standoff, the first mother (on the right with her yearling) relented and made room for the new arrivals to join in the seal luncheon; Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

And a nice feast was enjoyed by all; note that the two mother polar bears each put their yearling off to the side away from the other mother, for protection; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

And a nice feast was enjoyed by all; note that the two mother polar bears each put their yearling off to the side away from the other mother, for protection; Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

A close up of two beluga whales, the white one being an adulte and the grey one, a young whale; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

A close up of two beluga whales, the white one being an adulte and the grey one, a young whale; Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

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Helicopter Flight above Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

 

Pond Inlet is located on the northeastern coast of Baffin Island, Canada, on the shores of Navy Board Inlet with Bylot Island across the Inlet.  Our flight took us part way down Navy Board Inlet and then to the west, climbing up over the 5,000-foot high cliffs for amazing views of the glaciers on the interior of Baffin Island.  Our return flight to the ship, anchored in Navy Board Inlet, gave us fantastic views of Pond Inlet and the surrounding area.  Note that Pond Inlet is a jumping off point for many ships embarking on the East to West transit of the Northwest Passage – this summer the town expected to receive 22 cruise and exploration ships (including our ship, which is technically a private residential yacht with an ice-hardened hull, enabling us to make the transit WITHOUT the assistance of an ice breaker – in both 2012 and 2019).

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island as we flew inland (to the west)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the front of our ship

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the bow (fore/front) of our ship

 

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Helicopter Flight above Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – our ship in the fjord as seen a few minutes after lifting off from Deck 7 for our scenic helicopter flight and landing on the top of one of the 5,500 feet high cliffs

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – our ship in the fjord as seen a few minutes after lifting off from Deck 7 for our scenic helicopter flight and landing on the top of one of the 5,500 feet high cliffs

 

Our flight over Feacham Bay [see our previous blog, “Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada“] took us past tall, weather-worn cliffs and then up to a cliff top landing spot.  From our “perch” at 5,500 feet (1,676 meters) elevation, we were able to enjoy the spectacular views up and down the fjord in the late afternoon light and then, turning around and walking a short distance over the rocky terrain, find views of glaciers in the interior of Baffin Island.

 

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – note that the cliffs abutting the water on the east coast of Baffin Island have virtually no snow nor glaciers in the summer these days

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – note that the cliffs abutting the water on the east coast of Baffin Island have virtually no snow nor glaciers in the summer these days, a consequence of global warming

 

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – this glacier is melting, but still hugging the mountains inland of the east coast of Baffin Island

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – this glacier is melting, but still hugging the mountains inland of the east coast of Baffin Island

 

Panorama taken on a cliff top of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – notice the contrast between the dry, barren fjord cliffs and the snow and glaciers inland

Panorama taken on a cliff top of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – notice the contrast between the dry, barren fjord cliffs and the snow and glaciers inland

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the intrepid explorer and your blogger at an elevation of 5,500 feet overlooking the spectacular fjord after disembarking from our helicopter on the cliff top

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the intrepid explorer and your blogger at an elevation of 5,500 feet overlooking the spectacular fjord after disembarking from our helicopter on the cliff top

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – a view of the fjord

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – a view of the fjord

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – note how sheer some of the cliffs fronting the fjord are

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – note how sheer some of the cliffs fronting the fjord are

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – late afternoon sun illuminating the inland glaciers (black and white)

PHOTO Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – late afternoon sun illuminating the inland glaciers (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – a close up of some of the glaciers across the fjord from our helicopter landing spot (black and white)

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – a close up of some of the glaciers across the fjord from our helicopter landing spot (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – after turning my back to the fjord, a photograph made of the interior glaciers with the cliff top rocks in the foreground (black and white)

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – after turning my back to the fjord, a photograph made of the interior glaciers with the cliff top rocks in the foreground (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8 – after a half-hour in the breezy, cold pure air on the cliff top – it’s summertime! -- we were happy to welcome our “ride” back to our home on the ship!

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8 – after a half-hour in the breezy, cold pure air on the cliff top – it’s summertime! — we were happy to welcome our “ride” back to our home on the ship!

 

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Helicopter Flight above Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

The cliffs and glaciers of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut, as seen from an upper deck of our ship

The cliffs and glaciers of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut, as seen from an upper deck of our ship

 

One of the great experiences on our expedition through the Northwest Passage this summer was taking helicopter flights over regions that we sailed through.  Our first flight was after our brief stop at Clyde River in southern Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, Canada, in the eastern region of the Canadian Arctic, where the helicopter joined our ship on deck 7’s forward helicopter pad.  Shown below are some photos of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from the ship before our helicopter ride and a photo from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord.  The fjord is highly regarded for the harsh beauty of its landscapes with rocky cliffs rising steeply from the shore.  The fjord is 110 kilometers (68 miles) long.  Above the cliffs are numerous glaciers which we flew over (and photographed).  The cliffs rise steeply (some go straight up) from the fjord’s shores to heights up to 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level.

 

“Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) lies on Baffin Island’s northeastern coast in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.  It was named in memory of Sam Ford.  Ford is recognized as Canada’s most outstanding Inuk linguist and died tragically in a helicopter crash.  The Inuit settlement of Pond Inlet is 320 km to the northwest. Sam Ford Fjord is a traditional hunting area for the Inuit.” — https://canadac3.ca/en/expedition/the-places/sam-ford-fiord/

 

A close up of a glacier flowing down to Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut

A close up of a glacier flowing down to Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut

 

Our ship’s helicopter just before boarding and our take off to explore Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Our ship’s helicopter just before boarding and our take off to explore Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

A photograph of our ship in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), taken from the helicopter as we flew further into the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

A photograph of our ship in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), taken from the helicopter as we flew further into the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 — take away the water and the ice and the rock formations look like some areas in the Southwest of the United States

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #10

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9

 

The rock face of one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship (in the afternoon, after the helicopter flight)

The rock face of one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship (in the afternoon, after the helicopter flight)

 

A hanging glacier flowing down one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, with melt water from under the glacier exiting into the fjord as a thundering, large waterfall

A hanging glacier flowing down one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, with melt water from under the glacier exiting into the fjord as a thundering, large waterfall, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship

 

A close up of the hanging glacier and its waterfall flowing down one of the sheer cliffs (above) in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

A close up of the hanging glacier and its waterfall flowing down one of the sheer cliffs (above) in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

The view of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

The view of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

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Cruising through the Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #1

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #1

 

“The Ilulissat Icefjord is filled with icebergs that calve from Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest moving glacier in the world (40 meters / 131 feet daily).  The Ilulissat Icefjord is the same area as 66,000 football fields.  It reaches 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide and approximately 55 kilometers (34 miles) long, but is growing longer as glacier retreat occurs due to climate change.  Sermeq Kujalleq runs directly from the Greenland ice Cap, and it produces 10% of all icebergs in Greenland.  The Ilulissat Icefjord became one of the UNERSCO World Heritage Sites in 2004.” — https://visitgreenland.com/things-to-do/ilulissat-icefjord/

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #2 – we were fortunate on our boat ride through the icebergs to see several pods of humpback whales (easy to spot in the water with the enormous number of birds circling overhead)

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #2 – we were fortunate on our boat ride through the icebergs to see several pods of humpback whales (easy to spot in the water with the enormous number of birds circling overhead)

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #3

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #3

 

“Icebergs breaking from the glacier are often so large — up to a kilometer (3,300 ft) in height — that they are too tall to float down the fjord and lie stuck on the bottom of its shallower areas, sometimes for years, until they are broken up by the force of the glacier and icebergs further up the fjord.  On breaking up the icebergs emerge into the open sea and initially travel north with ocean currents before turning south and running into the Atlantic Ocean.  Larger icebergs typically do not melt until they reach 40-45 degrees north —further south than the United Kingdom and level with New York City.” — Wikipedia

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #4

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #4

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #5

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #5

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #6

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #6

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #7

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #7

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #8

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #8

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #9

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #9

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #10

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #10

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #11

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #11

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #12

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #12

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #13

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #13

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #14

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #14

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #15

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #15

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #16

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #16

 

Aptly named, Ilulissat (icebergs) is the third largest settlement in Greenland and is Greenland’s most popular tourist destination on account of its proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord

Aptly named, Ilulissat (icebergs) is the third largest settlement in Greenland and is Greenland’s most popular tourist destination on account of its proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

Prins Christian Sund offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features

Prins Christian Sund offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features

 

Our ship left Iceland and set a course for Greenland across the Denmark Strait, sailing in the wake of Erik the Red.  Connecting the Denmark Strait with Davis Strait, Prins Christian Sund offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features.  This glacially carved fjord system, over 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, crosses Greenland’s southern tip, connecting the east and west coasts by an in-shore route.  On entering this narrow channel, our ship was dwarfed by mountains towering to 6,600 feet (2,000 meters) on either side and glaciers tumbling down to sea level.  The water was quite placid and the crisp scent of ice filled the air.  On either side of the Sund, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides.  Icebergs glittering in the sun were constant companions during our passage.

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #2

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #3

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #4

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #5

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #6

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #7

 

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Prins Christian Sund, Greenland #8

 

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