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Ilulissat Isfjord

25 July 2013 | Ilulissat, Disko Bay
Finally made it through the ice to the (relatively) safe and busy harbor of Ilulissat.

Ilulissat is Greenland's third biggest village (4500 people). It is located on the eastern side of Disko Bay and right next to Ilulissat Kangia Isfjord. The Isfjord itself is 60km long and 7km wide at the mouth. It is fed by one of the Northern Hemisphere's largest glaciers, the Sermeq Kujalleq, which comes straight down from Greenland's 3000m thick Inland Ice. The icebergs that break off the glacier can reach up to 3 km3 in volume, they reach up to 250m in height above the water. Below the water, the fjord is up to 1000m deep, but at its mouth a moraine blocks the entrance at a depth of 250m, and the icebergs get stuck, so you can imagine their size! Sermeq Kujalleq works like a gigantic iceberg factory that produces icebergs equivalent to 100 times Switzerland's annual water consumption! The icebergs then flow through Disko Bay and take the West Greenland current up to Northern Greenland and then catch the Labrador current to float back down the East Canadian coast. The whole Ilulissat Isfjord is a protected UNESCO Heritage Site.

Absolutely amazing to be in the midlle of all this ice!!!
Vessel Name: Libellule
Hailing Port: Switzerland
Crew: The Cottier family on s/v Libellule
Extra: Caribbean - Greenland/Iceland - NW Passage - South Pacific - Antarctic Peninsula - Svalbard
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