Temple of Ice, icebergs at sunset in the Ilulissat Icefjord

A coastal landscape photograph in colour, showing an Arctic scene with icebergs close to sunset in the Ilulissat Icefjord near Disko Bay in Greenland.

Icefjord, Disko Bay, Greenland
October, 2015

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Camera and lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G


ƒ/11, 1/400s, ISO 400 and 20mm

Size original

7360 x 4912 pixels


This Arctic landscape photograph, which was taken from a small boat, illustrates how stunning the views are in the Ilulissat Icefjord in the west of Greenland. The Icefjord runs west 40 km (25 mi) from the ice sheet of Greenland to Disko Bay just south of the small town of Ilulissat.

It was close to sunset. Soft light warmed the iceberg and the clouds sideways. Warm sunset colours started to appear in the sky. The big iceberg in this scene stood out because of its building-like shape. Besides that, it has a hole that looks like a door.

All in all, the iceberg resembles a temple. Hence the title “Temple of Ice”. Undoubtedly the big sky in this photograph of the Ilulissat Icefjord strengthens the resemblance.

The Ilulissat Icefjord is full of huge icebergs that try to find their way to Disko Bay and then onwards to the Baffin Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean. At its east end is the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. This is one of the world’s most productive glaciers.

Please visit our The Arctic landscape photography theme or the Nordic Landscape Photography portfolio for more photographs like this one. You will find more photos taken in the Ilulissat Icefjord there. Alternatively, check out our The Coast landscape photography theme to see coastal landscapes from all over the world.

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