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Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Was on a cruise on the ice, it was a life experience, mad, one must not miss out beautifully for this experience if one is in Ilulissat
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  • Whether on foot or by boat, it is superb! On foot you see the fjord with its cluster of icebergs by boat at the mouth of the fjord, you here you navigate among icebergs, icing on the cake, observations of whales up close. For the choice of the boat ride: try to avoid the MAYA because it is a boat ride, no bridge before, only a tiny bridge back, and if there are many (more than 5 people) on it you won't want to be well-placed to take pictures (see photos of the Maya and another boat to ride more suitable). This is my only gripe with this output, but we had no choice and besides we didn't.
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  • This scenary of Disko bay and Illulissat ice-fjord simply stuns me with beautiful icebergs and long fjord view. The view is as impressive as the ones in Alaska, Iceland, and Patagonia Puerto Morino. H...  read more »
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