Greenland’s Glacial Glories

by Keira on May 19, 2012

in Greenland, North America, Travel Bucket List, Travel Destination Ideas

Many think of Greenland and picture a barren frozen wasteland. It’s not a wasteland at all (even if you’re thinking back to school and remembering the teachings that Greenland is icy white, Iceland is emerald green). Greenland is a glorious winter wonderland that will take your breath away.

Did you know that the Greenland Ice Sheet covers roughly 80% of Greenland’s surface? It holds about 10% of the world’s ice and is the second largest body of ice in the world after the Antarctica Ice Sheet.

Greenland’s glacial glories have made this northerly island one of the places I must visit and soon! All I need before leaving is a new set of winter clothes; I don’t think my Floridan sweaters are gonna cut it, do you?

Ice Canyon in Greenland

Meltwater has carved a canyon 150 feet (45 meters) deep making this an Ice Canyon.

Greenland Ice Sheet

Climbing down meltwater canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet.

Russell Glacier, Greenland

Ice Channel in the Russell Glacier, Greenland.

Active Moulin

Climbing into an active moulin, Greenland.

Moulin and Ice Fault Line on the Russell Glacier, Greenland

Moulin and Ice Fault Line on the Russell Glacier, Greenland.

looking up through the moulin

26 Meters below the surface looking up at the entrance of the moulin. Stunning.

Inside the Ice Channel

Looking skyward from the apex of the sharp meanders in the ice channel.

Ice Melt funneling through a Moulin, Greenland

Ice Melt funneling through a Moulin, Greenland

Melt Lake, Greenland

Gorgeous blue ice melt lakes on the Greenland ice cap.

Greenland Ice Sheet

Greenland Ice Sheet

Northeast Greenland Ice Stream

Northeast Greenland Ice Stream

Tasiilaq Greenland

Tasiilaq, Greenland

Greenland Glaciers outside of Ammassalik

Greenland Glaciers outside of Ammassalik

Frozen Greenland Meltpond

Frozen meltwater lake along the northeast Greenland coast.

Glacier, Tasiilaq, East Greenland

Glacier, Tasiilaq, East Greenland

Check out the Greenland, On Thin Ice video for more information and imagery.

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1 Lynn A. Reynolds May 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Would you go and climb down into the meltwater canyon? I couldn’t be that adventurous.


2 Keira May 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I don’t know about climbing into it, but I can stand on top and take pictures! ~ lol


3 Karin May 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

This is incredibly beautiful! Now if we could just get paid to travel!


4 Karin May 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

No, I couldn’t climb down…


5 Keira May 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I don’t think you could either! But it would sure be beautiful there down at the bottom looking up at the sky through the ice.


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