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

 

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The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #6

 

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The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #11

 

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The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #12

 

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The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland #13

 

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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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Ilulissat, Greenland

Our ship sailed into Ilulissat, Greenland, across Disko Bay; this area is rich in marine life and there are many icebergs that originate from Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere

Our ship sailed into Ilulissat, Greenland, across Disko Bay; this area is rich in marine life and there are many icebergs that originate from Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere (about 55 kilometers / 34 miles up the fjord from Ilulissat), filling the fjord at Ilulissat with some of the largest icebergs found outside of the Antarctic

 

Aptly named, Ilulissat (icebergs) is the third largest settlement in Greenland with a population of 4,453.  Ilulissat is also Greenland’s most popular tourist destination on account of its proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.  The town itself is located at 69°13’N, 051°06’W, about 124.27 mi / 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Inuit settlements have existed in the area of the icefjord for at least 3,000 years.  The modern town was founded in 1741 by Danish missionary, Poul Egede for trader Jakob Severin who had an established trading lodge in the area.

 

Sailing into Ilulissat, Greenland, through Disko Bay #2

Sailing into Ilulissat, Greenland, through Disko Bay #2

 

Sailing into Ilulissat, Greenland, through Disko Bay #3

Sailing into Ilulissat, Greenland, through Disko Bay #3

 

We hiked through Sermermiut, a beautiful valley overlooking the Ilulissat Icefjord, coming to the shoreline of the Icefjord where we had the opportunity to marvel at the fjord completely filled with icebergs of varying sizes

We hiked through Sermermiut, a beautiful valley overlooking the Ilulissat Icefjord, coming to the shoreline of the Icefjord where we had the opportunity to marvel at the fjord completely filled with icebergs of varying sizes, piled seemingly on top of each other; Ilulissat, Greenland

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut valley #2

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut Valley #2

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut valley #3

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut Valley #3

 

Local crowberries (similar to blueberries) growing close to the ground (tundra) in Sermermiut valley, Ilulissat, Greenland

Local crowberries (similar to blueberries) growing close to the ground (tundra) in Sermermiut Valley, Ilulissat, Greenland

 

A willow tree (yes, a tree!) growing close to the ground (tundra) in Sermermiut valley, Ilulissat, Greenland; the plants here have a very short summer growing season and must survive the high winds and cold temperatures

A willow tree (yes, a tree!) growing close to the ground (tundra) in Sermermiut Valley, Ilulissat, Greenland; the plants here have a very short summer growing season and must survive the high winds and cold temperatures, thus they aren’t vertical “trees” like in more temperate climates

 

Tundra ground cover at Sermermiut valley, Ilulissat, Greenland, #1

Tundra ground cover at Sermermiut Valley, Ilulissat, Greenland, #1

 

Tundra ground cover at Sermermiut valley, Ilulissat, Greenland, #2

Tundra ground cover at Sermermiut Valley, Ilulissat, Greenland, #2

 

A panorama of the Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut valley

A panorama of the Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, viewed form Sermermiut Valley

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, #2

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, #2

 

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, #3

The Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland, #3

 

Legal Notices: All photographs copyright © 2019 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.  Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.