Icebergs and Glaciers in Greenland
In fact, it comes as a surprise to some people that Greenland is inhabited at all. They only regard the country as a giant white lump at the top of their world map, which is not that strange. After all, you never feel crowded in Greenland. With a population of 56,000 people, there is plenty of space for everyone. But the majority of that space is occupied the Ice Cap.
The Greenland Ice Sheet
At its thickest, the Ice Cap is more than three kilometres thick, and it is so heavy that about a third of it is placed below sea level, pushed down by its own weight. If it were to eventually melt, Greenland would actually be a ring-shaped country.
Many places is Greenland allow you to experience the Ice Cap, but doing so from Kangerlussuaq requires the least effort, as you are able to drive to the rim of the ice and even walk on top of the vast ice sheet.
Only two towns in Greenland directly overlook the Ice Cap: Narsaq in the south and Qaanaaq in the north. Other destinations located near the Ice Cap include Ilulissat, Tasiilaq, Narsarsuaq and Uummannaq. Moreover, there are places allowing you to get close to other glaciers, such as Kulusuk.
The Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland - Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
The icefiords with icebergs
There are other icefjords in Greenland just as spectacular as the Ilulissat Icefjord, but the one in Ilulissat is unique due to the speed with which it moves, and it is easy to reach. Other beautiful icefjords include:
Ilulissat Icefiord in Greenland
The pack ice
We cannot stress enough that it is dangerous to get too close to ice – whether it is the Ice Cap or giant icebergs in the water. Please be careful, as there are unpredictable natural powers at large here. That being said, when you watch it all – at a safe distance – you will never forget the sight!
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