Greenland

After seeing photographs of the marvelous ice flowing from the Ilulissat Ice fjord I was excited to see it in person. The Jakobshavn Glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq) is the source of the ice and produces about 10% of all the icebergs from the Greenland ice sheet.  It’s estimated that 35 billion tons of ice makes its way through the ice fjord each year.  The ice that eventually gets to the sea can be 200 feet high (12-15 stories) or higher. Ilulissat is more than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, so in the mid summer the sun may never set.  These photos have been made over three visits. I have seen the “midnight sun” set for about 30 minutes and then rise again and have enjoyed the spectacular colors of ice and sky associated with that. Most of these pictures depict icebergs floating in open water.  A few are within the ice fjord itself. Whales are also present.  I’ve been fortunate to see many and to hear them vocalizing in the confines of a small bay formed by icebergs. Their voices echoed on the ice surrounding the bay. Quite an experience to go along with these amazing visuals.

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