Cruising through the Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Greenland

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“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)

 

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“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

 

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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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