First day of our vacation in Greenland. Quite after our arrival in Ilulissat we started our hike to a small fjord in the south of this area. Itˋs called icefjord Kangia. And it is an amazing place to visit. You also might see some whales over there. In the next weeks we will post more impressions of this fantastic part of the world: Greenland. Ilulissat, Greenland, July 2019. @int.geo
A massive iceberg which has run aground at the mouth of the Fjord. Inside the Ilulissat Fjord it gets as deep as 900m while at the mouth it is 200m, so large icebergs will sit at the mouth until they melt enough continue into the open ocean.
This photo was taken on my recent air safari with @airzafari
Today we are posting a series of photos from a small village on Disko island called Qeqertaarsup. We only spent a day here but the backdrop was incredible. Very relaxed atmosphere and a cosmopolitan cafe/bar that you might expect to see in Copenhagen.
Deserted towns are not uncommon in Greenland, pure isolation and difficulty getting healthcare and education are real issues.
Just inside the Arctic Circle, this village is very isolated but the municipality were taking very forward thinking steps to try and retain the young population to make it future proof.
Arriving on the day of the annual music festival and meeting old friends along the way we had a really good time here!
A humpback whale breaches the surface as it is feeding. Here you can clearly seen the bumps on its mouth which are used to sense tiny changes in water current, so they can tell which way shrimp and small fish are moving.
Midnight sun lighting those windows up like a couple of cat eyes! Real good idea of scale here, you can see the water line below and the iceberg in the background is not close at all it's probably just under a mile away. This glacier is said to have created the iceberg that sunk the Titanic.
Details - itty bird bottom right for scale
Once the sheep are enclosed, the farmers sort out the herds and separate, weigh and mark their individual sheep, before they depart on a barge to Narsaq for slaughter. About 23.000 lamb were distributed around the country that year. Here Nukassi and his son, who's returned from the city to help out, are on the job!
Real good vibes. Midnight cruising and the deck hand playing acoustic, I couldn't hear anything but happy to see them having a good time. @worldofgreenland
12:30am. The midnight sun is raging, bringing out every bit of blue in that ice. @worldofgreenland
itty bitty hikers for scale. This glacier is massive and the most active, everything I saw this day is out to sea now.
Really trippy experience, being a little sleep deprived it feels like a dream state to be out all night watching the sun start to set then seamlessly start to rise again. The golden hour is really more like 6 hours during the midnight sun. Everything is illuminated with pastel colors turning the back lit ice bright blue.
Cruising through the icebergs in Disko Bay during the midnight sun.
Humpback whale grin
That’s one way to have a backyard! So hard to tell scale even here, the big boys are 300 yards away. Walking home at 2am
Midnight sun means napping during the day and hiking through the night. I held this spot for nearly 8 hours and had it all to myself, never saw another sole. When the ice cracks it sounds like rolling thunder or a shotgun blast with bigger cracks. There were two whales splish splashin around for hours. They coming right up under me maybe 20 feet away.
Ilulissat Glacier is one of the fastest moving and most active glaciers. I'll post some time lapse videos showing just how fast though, it's crazy. The view from my first night is 100% out to sea now. It's hard to get an idea of scale in this one but it must be 9 or 10 stories tall, not counting whats under water! Nature worked real hard to get such clean lines though.
Very proud moment. Greenland is by far the hardest place I've tried to reach. A flight to Copenhagen, night in a hostel + two more flights with a 6 hour layover in between I finally made it. Door to door was well over 24 hours. It's the midnight sun here which means the sun never sets so I dropped my stuff at the airbnb and started a 6 mile hike. This was my first view of the Glacier at 1am.