ILULISSAT ICE FIORD

Pictures from Ilulissat Ice Fiord.

Ilulissat Ice Fiord is one of the most extraordinary natural phenomenons in the world. The fiord is 6 - 13 km wide and 56 km long. The surface of the fiord is always covered by a mixture of icebergs and ice formed in the fiord during the winter. The icebergs can be large, often they cover an area of 500×500 m and have a thickness of 700 m. However, the majority of the icebergs are smaller. The blue arrow points to an iceberg which is 750×900 m with a thickness of 700 m. The height above the water is more than 50 meters. Approximately 1/9 of the volume of a (not stranded) iceberg is above the water.

Below I show pictures from the places marked with red arrows in the photograph above.

Across the mouth of Ilulissat Ice Fiord is an area with (relatively) low water. It is called "The Iceberg Bank". Here are always many stranded icebergs. The height of this iceberg is approximately 50 meters above the water. The source of the icebergs is the Ilulissat Glacier at the head of the Ice Fiord .
Here I am standing at the northernmost part of the peninsula Qajaa. For more information about Qajaa see REMARKABLE PLACES.
Tent place at the fiord Kangerluttaaq (Kangerluk on the map).
For more information on Kangerluttaq see PLACE NAMES
View towards north east from the heights south of Lake Nunatap Tasia. To the left of the light glacier front the innermost part of the Ice Fiord can be seen. The picture is from 2000. From 2002 the glacier front is further east
Nunatap Tasia. For more information about this
interesting lake see REMARKABLE PLACES

Before 1976 Ilulissat was called Jakobshavn, the fiord Jakobshavn Isfjord and the glacier Jakobshavn Isbrę. However, these names have a taste of colonial time, and they are not used much anymore. The town is called Ilulissat, meaning "the icebergs", and the official names of the fiord and the glacier are Kangia and Sermeq Kujalleq. But the last two names are not used as much as Ilulissat Ice Fiord and Ilulissat Glacier.


WHAT IS GOING ON IN ILULISSAT ICE FIORD?