A little over two weeks ago, I boarded a charter flight for Kangerlussuak, Greenland where I would begin a 23-day trip inside the Arctic Circle. We have been out of internet range for most of that time and this has been my first opportunity to publish a report on the journey. Due to bandwidth limitations we have been asked not to upload large files so this will be brief.
The initial phase of this expedition took us from Kangerlussuak (47 miles north of the Arctic Circle) along the west coast of Greenland as far north as Savissavik before we turned west across Baffin Bay and the entrance to the fabled Northwest Passage.
Setting Moon, Davis Strait (about 4:00 AM, 17 August; Nikon D800E on tripod, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm; exposure 1/200th sec. @ f/11, ISO 1600)
The glacial ice cap that covers Greenland represents the last vestiges of the Wisconsin ice sheet that 10,000 years ago extended well into what is now the Midwestern United States. The ice is still over a mile thick in some places, but its retreat has accelerated in the last decade or so and the effects are apparent as our ship sails along the coast line.
But as we approach Ilulissat and Disko Bay on our second day, the size and number of icebergs are impressive.
Blue Iceberg, near Ilulissat, Greenland (About 4:30 AM, 18 August, Nikon D810 handheld, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 185mm; exposure 1/1,000th sec. @ f/14, ISO 800)
I hope this short post and two images get past the ship’s digital gatekeeper but more reports will be coming depending on our traveling situation. In the meantime….