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Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat

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Ilulissat Icefjord is a fjord in western Greenland. Ilulissat Icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.GeographyThe Ilulissat Icefjord runs west 40km from the Greenland ice sheet to Disko Bay just south of Ilulissat town. At its eastern end is the Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq), the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The glacier flows at a rate of 20- per day, resulting in around 20 billion tonnes of icebergs calved off and passing out of the fjord every year.Icebergs breaking from the glacier are often so large —up to a kilometer (3,300 ft) in height— that they are too tall to float down the fjord and lie stuck on the bottom of its shallower areas, sometimes for years, until they are broken up by the force of the glacier and icebergs further up the fjord. On breaking up the icebergs emerge into the open sea and initially travel north with ocean currents before turning south and running into the Atlantic Ocean. Larger icebergs typically do not melt until they reach 40-45 degrees north —further south than the United Kingdom and level with New York City.
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  • Hi, the Ilulissat fjord is beautiful. I saw it in February. From the city centre there is a path, passing near the heliport, leads to a viewpoint. Difficulty level very low, even with fresh snow, I recommend the use of crampons ler don't slip on the ice. The view and the feeling of peace are breathtaking.
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  • Greenland is a place which you get to see only once in your life if you are lucky and travel freak! no words can explain the serenity of this place. if you are there standing in the middle of glaciers...  more »
  • The Fjords are a unique walk! You can not believe the forms that take the Arctic ice, sailing with the midnight sun and see reflected the glint of light on the fjords is magical!
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