Ilulissat: Land of icebergs

Ilulissat: Land of icebergs

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I was not originally planning to visit Ilulissat. There was no flight back from Sisimuit , so I decided to extend my stay  and visited Ilulissat, glad that I did. This town is located approximately 350 KM north of arctic circle.

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This place is famous for Icefjord. It’s a massive collection of icebergs that have calved from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier one by one. This is fastest moving glacier in the world (40 meters daily). This place is at its best during summer months, specially due to global warming glacier calving is a common phenomenon. We were there during spring so most part of fjord was frozen.

This is an expensive place. We stayed in Hotel Icefjord. This is probably the best hotel I have stayed in my life. It’s not everyday you open your windows to see the floating Icebergs.

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We took a boat trip through in Icefjord. This was one of the best experience in my life. I also tried to hike along the Icefjord next morning , but because of fresh snow trail condition was not good .

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Due to global warming size of Icebergs has become smaller.The Iceberg that sank Titanic was originated from here. It would have been a mile long. In 1909 this ice shelf used to produce just one or two this huge Icebergs. This has traveled two years in powerful west Greenland current and dragged down the north-eastern coast of Canada which is over thousand miles from this place.

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The colorful town has population of 375 which is large by Greenland standard and served by an airport.

 

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