I Photographed Ilulissat In Greenland, A Town Of Surreal Landscapes




I’ve been going to Greenland for years, and one of my favourite towns to visit is Ilulissat, famous for its surreal landscapes, where small colourful houses are surrounded by countless icebergs.

There is one area there that I find particularly attractive – Ilulissat Icefjord. In summertime, I love coming there at around midnight, sit down with a thermos full of hot coffee and listen to the icebergs calving while they are making their way into the ocean.

Allow me to share my amazement with this place through the images below.

Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, it is a tidal fjord covered with floating brash and massive ice

Sermeq Kujalleq is also one of the fastest moving (40 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world

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

Surreal colours of Midnight Sun in Ilulissat Icefjord

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

The Icefjord at around 1am in summertime

Whales are often seen feeding in the area

Moon rising over “parked” icebergs

Sermeq Kujalleq is a very productive glacier

Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord full of icebergs make for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.




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  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Spent many years in Alaska and saw ice dogs, floating ice crystals and it got really cold sometimes. Saw many things involving ice and nature. But never anything that awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing AND explaining. Because I honestly thought you were going to say lights from town or something. But turned out to be a much more awesome thing.Thank you.

  2. Patty Arroyo says:

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing, and explaining, I live in the tropics, we have different kind of beauty here, but learning about this light pillars awesome !!!

  3. Emeline Donahue says:

    JUST MAGNIFICENT.

  4. Pam says:

    Wow! Thank you for the pictures and the explanation! Beautiful!

  5. Neil S. says:

    I live in Minnesota and have seen light pillars once in my 63 years. I wasn’t sure what I was seeing at the time. I did research the phenomena with success.

  6. Anthony Peratt says:

    Light Pillars are the Plato’s Pillars of Heracles, now misnamed Pillars of Hercules. They are Birkeland Currents (electron currents oriented South-North; Peratt, Springer, Physics of the Plasma Universe). These, not high mountain peaks guided sailors (and surveyors) at and before the time of the ancient Greeks.

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    At first I was mesmerised by the narration on the Dukha tribe. The fascinating lifestyle and the sacred bond with nature is so great. And then the photography is mind blowing. Beautiful indeed.

  9. Lorilyn says:

    Nice thanks for sharing those

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