Standing on the deck, the biting wind slaps my face as we cut through icy waters, past icebergs standing several stories tall. I experience a cocktail of emotions, the overarching one being a sense of just how small I am—how small we all are—against a backdrop of such grandeur.
I’m acutely aware that what I’m looking at is just 10 per cent—the tip of the iceberg as it were. A full 90 per cent still lies beneath the surface and I feel a mind-blowing humility.
Sailing with icebergs in Ilulissat, Greenland, was one of the most mindblowing travel moments I’ve ever experienced. The snippet above is from my article about Ilulissat on Adventure.com.
I’ve always been fascinated with polar regions and maybe that subconscious intrigue is what has been pulling me due north in many ways. My dreams include visiting the North Pole someday. Antarctica and Svalbard are also high up on that list. While the icebergs in Greenland were completely overwhelming, Antarctica is all this but magnified by 100 so I can’t wait to explore the seventh continent someday.
But back to the beauty and majesty of Greenland, the surrounding bay and fjord, Ilulissat Icejord, has thousands of floating icebergs carved off from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier (also known as the Jakobshavn glacier) and one of the world’s fastest-moving. These large blocks of ice can easily span three to four city blocks; they also change color based on the temperature of natural light and how it’s diffused through the ice. Many take on interesting shapes and profiles as they begin to melt, too—I spot a smiling rhino with its horn and a shark’s fin.
Here are some photos from my experience sailing with icebergs on that bitingly cold winter day as we left the hum of port life in Ilulissat and ventured out into the quiet bay, where the only sound to rival it was the brutal crushing of ice meeting ice. You can view more in my Ilulissat image bank.
I was on assignment in Greenland and was hosted by World of Greenland which runs tours around the country including dogsledding and sailing with icebergs in Disko Bay which I highly recommend.