Sea of Ice, icebergs at the shores of Disko Bay Ilulissat

A photograph in colour, showing a coastal landscape with icebergs and chunks of ice floating at the shores of Disko Bay near Ilulissat in Arctic Greenland.

Ilulissat, Greenland
October, 2015

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Camera & lens

NIKON D810
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR III

Camera settings

ƒ/11, 1/160s, ISO 64 and 85mm

Size original

7054 x 4708 pixels

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This Arctic landscape photograph shows how unique and breathtaking the views from the harbour at the shores of Disko Bay in Ilulissat are. Especially when you visit for the first time. This scene was captured on a calm day close to sunset. Soft light warms the icebergs and the clouds sideways. Pastel sunset colours start to appear in the sky. The title “Sea of Ice” seemed suitable for this photograph.

Disko Bay is a bay on the west coast of Greenland. It is full of icebergs and chunks of ice finding their way to the Baffin Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean. The icebergs of Disko Bay pass out of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord runs west 40 km (25 mi) from the Greenland ice sheet to Disko Bay just south of the small town of Ilulissat. At the east end of the Ilulissat Icefjord is the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. This is one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the open sea. Furthermore, it is the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Unesco finally declared Ilulissat Icefjord a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Go visit if you get the chance!

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1 comment for Sea of Ice, icebergs at the shores of Disko Bay Ilulissat

  1. Carry

    Wow! What a light to see …

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