The best part is that it is possible to get extremely close to the edge of the glacier by boat and actually see it calve. The glacier calves so often, that anyone passing by will witness the sounds and the sights of this spectacular natural phenomenon. The shotgun cracks of sounds are so loud and the vision of gigantic chunks of ice breaking off into the water is breathtaking.
80 km north of Ilulissat, is a rare natural wonder: the Eqi glacier and its stunning surroundings. The glacier does not have the enormous dimensions of the famous Kangia Icefjord further south. However Eqi is by no measure small. On a day trip by boat, you can get very close to the edge of the glacier and experience it calve.
The edge of the glacier covers 3.4 km. The average height from top to bottom is about 200 meters, of which 30 of the 80 meters are above sea level.
If you go there by boat it will take app. 2-4 hours of sailing, depending on the type of boat.
The Greenland Ice Sheet is full of air
The Ice Sheet is made of snow and when densely packed, it becomes ice. This procedure puts pressure on the air between the snow flakes and results in air bubbles. When the glacier calves, the air is released and this is what creates the explosion-like sounds.
The oxygen-rich ice is a food resource for many animals; cormorants, guillemots, kittiwakes and the rare praise gull is often seen nearby. If you have a keen eye for spotting things, you may notice the seals that live in the ice in front of the glacier. The great eagle can be spotted in the land area and often a cross grouse, hare and small arctic fox may cross your path. The great diversity of the landscape creates fertile grounds for a large variation in vegetation.
Glacier Lodge Eqi
If you have more than one day available, spoil yourself with one or several days at the Glacier Lodge Eqi, which has 15 cabins available located around the Café Victor. From these cabins, you can see and hear the calving glacier; a very meditative way to spend time and enjoy the fireworks of nature.
A piece of heaven in the Greenlandic wasteland
The Glacier Lodge Eqi is unique as it is located right across from the calving glacier, Eqip Sermia, of which all cabins have a view. In 2001, the first four cabins were built and the concept has been developed each year. The newest four cabins are of Comfort Standard, the first of their kind in Greenland. No other places in the Greenlandic wilderness have this luxury. The Glacier Lodge Eqi is far from towns and settlements, working of a sustainable concept that is C02 conscious and environmentally friendly.
Great accomodation in Greenland
The 15 cabins are open from 15 June to 15 September and have a total of 52 beds, when all sleeping arrangements are included. Cabins are often booked as double rooms. However its up to the guests to decide whether to be 1 or 4 in each cabin. Many people choose to book the cabins like you would a double room in a hotel.
The tents, which will be available in 2019, will have two beds each.
Great service at Café Victor
All guests at Glacier Lodge Eqi are serviced by the Café Victor, that has a veterinary authority approved kitchen and the standard of any hotel kitchen. The energy used in the kitchen is generated by solar cells. The solar cells run three freezers, a fridge, hood, lights, water purification, alarms, satellite phones and much more. The kitchen focusses on cooking with as many Greenlandic commodities as possible and the dishes are cooked by skilled chefs.
Nature is well preserved at the Eqi Glacier
Eqi and the surrounding nature, including the outstanding natural phenomenon of the calving glacier, is well looked after. Neither trash nor toilets are emptied in the area – everything is brought back to Ilulissat where it is put into the urban waste system. To have an ecological sustainable camp, the new initiative is to have the whole camp fully run on solar power.
The spectacular view combined with the sustainable way of living in these cozy cabins gives a sense of truly being in nature. Where few people go and where Wi-Fi, satellite TV and noisy cars does not exist.
Facts about the sustainable Glacier Lodge Eqi
Private water supply with natural water pressure from higher lake.
Organic water purification without adding chemicals for UV light.
Solar energy provides warm water through vacuum pipes and UV lights
The solar plant produces about 12,000 watts
The wastewater is treated in three-stage separation tank
All other waste is transported back to the Ilulissat waste system