23 Epic Photos of Remarkable Arctic Ice

The Arctic has astounding ice. We didn't quite know what to expect when heading to Greenland, but when we saw uncharted bays and giant Fjords filled with massive icebergs, we were astonished by their beauty and magnitude. Once we learned more about Arctic ice, we came to realize that we shouldn't have been surprised. In the northern village of Ilulissat, you'll find the Ilulissate Icefjord; home to the most active calving glacier on earth. Immense chunks of ice break off the glacier and sit in the bay working their way through until their final release to the sea. Icebergs the size of islands float through the waterways making their way to the Atlantic Ocean. Once we saw the scale and scope of the ice, we understood how the Titanic was taken down so easily a century ago. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you…..

Arctic Ice

Sunrise or Sunset the Arctic Ice is always stunning

Sunrise or Sunset the Arctic Ice is always stunning

We thought the ice in Antarctica was astounding, but then we visited the Arctic.

Sunrise in the Arctic

Sunrise in the Arctic

It was always worth it to get up for sunrise.

The cool Ice of Greenland

 The immense size of icebergs surprised us. They were the size of apartment buildings. 

Sometimes the ice is like Ice Cream.

Sometimes the ice is like Ice Cream.

 When an iceberg is a deep blue like this one, it means it's recently rolled over. 

Storm clouds loom over the Arctic Ice

Storm clouds loom over the Arctic Ice

 90% of an iceberg is underwater. When Kayaking in the Arctic we had to keep our distance, at least stay 3 times the height of the iceberg. There is always a danger it will roll. 

Disko Bay is filled with Ice

Disko Bay is filled with Ice

 Captain Peter of Quark Expeditions had to navigate through treacherous ice fields on a daily basis. 

Fishermen are dwarfed by the Icebergs in Greenland

Fishermen are dwarfed by the Icebergs in Greenland

 We were out in the middle of nowhere, yet we saw fishermen on the sea. The culture of Greenland is strong and resilient. 

Light and Shadow play on the Ice in Greenland

Light and Shadow play on the Ice in Greenland

 Arctic ice can float as far as New York before finally melting away. 

Sometimes the beauty is in the details

Sometimes the beauty is in the details

 Sometimes we sailed so close to icebergs we could nearly reach out and touch them. 

Reflections on the sea in Disko Bay

Reflections on the sea in Disko Bay

 Disko Bay was our first stop where we truly saw Arctic Ice. Most times of the year it is impossible to pass, but we were lucky with a skilled captain and enough space to navigate. It was truly a treat to witness the beauty of Arctic Ice. 

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The blue of the ice is almost blinding.

The blue of the ice is almost blinding.

 It's tempting to kayak right under an arch, but don't do it! It's extremely dangerous to go near any floating iceberg. 

You get every shape and size in the Arctic

You get every shape and size in the Arctic

 We spent a day sailing as deep as we could into a channel. When the ice got too thick, we simply turned around. 

An Iceberg Waterfall

An Iceberg Waterfall

 Out on a zodiac tour, we saw a waterfall coming off a giant iceberg. These are so large in mass, it's like looking at a frozen island in the sea. 

The Icebergs of Greenland can make you feel so small.

The Icebergs of Greenland can make you feel so small.

 Dave looks out at Ilulissat Icefjord from the Arctic Tundra. This is where icebergs are born at the world's most active glacier. 

The Arctic ICe is like an abstract painting.

The Arctic Ice is like an abstract painting.

 Sometimes icebergs are very porous as if they have been melting at an extreme speed. Something tells me this iceberg will be rolling over soon. 

The muted colours of an Arctic sunset

The muted colours of an Arctic sunset

 As we made our way south, the ice became less dense, but there were still mounds of ice littering the ocean.

Reflections of Arctic Ice at sunset

Reflections of Arctic Ice at sunset

At sunset the water was always calm offering incredible reflections. 

Sunset in the Arctic

Sunset in the Arctic

 My favourite time of day was sunset. 

The detail in the Arctic Ice is amazing

The detail in the Arctic Ice is amazing

 We had never witnessed so many shades of blue at once. Even Antarctica didn't have this beautiful of ice.

Some of the Ice in the Arctic is as big as expedition ships!

Some of the Ice in the Arctic bigger than expedition ships!

 See more photographs of Greenland at An Instagram Journey Through Greenland

Sunrise on our Final morning

Sunrise on our Final morning

 We thought that we would only see ice during the first half of our journey through Greenland, but it showed up throughout our voyage from beginning to end. 

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

 This ice looks more like a sea cliff off the coast of a country, but it was simply a giant iceberg floating in a bay. 

Arctic Ice in the glow of the sun

Arctic Ice in the glow of the sun

One last look at Arctic Ice….


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