Photographer Captures the Magical Great thing about Greenland’s Disko Bay


The final time I visited West Greenland was in 2019. It was a ravishing summer time with calm and sunny climate virtually each day. Due to COVID-19, I didn’t get to go to once more till this 12 months, and this 12 months it was completely different.

My newest journey to the nation noticed numerous rain, wind, clouds, and fog. Locals had been saying it was one of many ‘worst’ summers they’ve ever skilled within the area. That didn’t make it any much less lovely although. The number of circumstances made it difficult, however undoubtedly attention-grabbing.

For our pictures excursions with Iceland Picture Excursions, we’re crusing in our (now fairly well-known) sailboats with pink sails whereas taking pictures of one another in between the enormous icebergs. It’s a inventive course of began by my associates Daniel Kordan and Iurie Belegurschi. And as a lot as I prefer to sail round these large icebergs (that I usually name mountains) with our little pink sailboats, I problem and encourage myself and others to return house with quite a lot of completely different pictures from the world, not simply the pink sailboats.

On this photograph sequence, my aim is to indicate you an impression of Disko Bay round Ilulissat from this 12 months through the virtually 4 weeks I spent within the space — the large icebergs, Ilulissat (my house base), the little villages round like Oqaatsut and Iliminaq, the sled canine, the whales, the little ice particulars, the completely different climate circumstances, and naturally our pink sailboats.

Every photograph has its personal description with a bit piece of data. Please benefit from the sequence.

Purple Night time. Crusing all evening within the midnight solar interval the place the solar by no means goes beneath the horizon in July. Colourful skies all evening. Typically the climate may be very calm which causes lovely reflections.

The Humpback. I all the time get pleasure from seeing the whales within the bay. It took me some time to seek out their favourite spots this 12 months however ultimately I discovered that they loved being at sure areas within the ice fjord. Relying on the tide and present, they might wait at sure channels and openings within the ice fjord, merely opening their mouths and simply letting the present flood all of the krill of their mouths. Lazy, however good.

Frozen Mountains. This 12 months we skilled numerous days with fog and rain. Typically that triggered extraordinary circumstances. When the fog opened for transient moments, the icebergs would rise from the fog. They might look much more like actual mountains, like this huge pyramid that stayed in the identical place for weeks.

The Excellent View. Think about dwelling on the coast of this space with new icebergs consistently passing by your view. The ice fjord consistently strikes and spews ice into the ocean. The surroundings actually modifications each day, with ice coming and going with the wind and the tide. A magical sight, particularly with the colours of the midnight solar.

The Spaceship. Icebergs come in numerous shapes, sizes, and colours. The underwater half seems particularly lovely because it’s tremendous blue. This one had the form of a spaceship with a bit pool on high. We positioned our little pink sailboats to indicate the true scale of it. This photograph was taken with a drone.

In The Mist. Typically we couldn’t even exit of the harbor due to thick fog. However after we did and there could be a pleasant sufficient view to see the primary icebergs and our sailboat, the ambiance was magical. Word that it was tough to navigate via icebergs and thick fog, so we didn’t enterprise far out of the harbor beneath these circumstances.

Little Sled Canine/ Throughout my time staying in Ilulissat I began to know all of the sled canine and their little puppies. In some unspecified time in the future in my every day visits, they began to get comfy with me (each the pups and the mothers) so I may take some good pictures of them. In Ilulissat, there are extra sled canine than individuals dwelling there. They’re used to getting round in winter, however in summer time they’re not doing a lot (apart from being a mannequin in my pictures).

Rising Mountains. Fog clearing revealing the ice fjord behind the harbor, like mountains towering above the clouds.

Blue Magnificence. In pictures, individuals usually love lovely sunsets and sunrises. However I additionally love the muted tones and darkish skies. They offer the icebergs a extra blue colour that may be very pleasing. Additionally, our pink sailboats actually pop in this sort of climate situation.

Solar Halo. I used to be fortunate to witness a bunch of spectacular solar halos this 12 months. One thing that I had not seen usually. Whereas spending just a few hours in Oqaatsut, Rodebay, a bit village with solely about 30 individuals dwelling there, this solar halo coated the sky.

Solar haloes are attributable to skinny cirrus clouds round 20,000 toes or greater above us. They’re fabricated from tiny, ice crystals. Daylight via the ice crystals causes the sunshine to separate, or be refracted. When at simply the fitting angle, it causes us to see the halo.

Glass Line. Throughout my time on the boat in Greenland, I took loads of detailed photographs with my 100-400mm lens. Attention-grabbing strains and little items of ice caught my eye, like this huge wall of ice that had a line going via it.

Twin Peaks. An enormous iceberg that we discovered in the midst of Disko Bay. I usually seize these by drone to indicate the huge scale of it, plus you possibly can see the even greater underwater a part of it.

Ilulissat Layers. This 12 months I made a decision to take extra pictures of Ilulissat itself, my house base for the weeks in West Greenland. Ilulissat options attention-grabbing structure with numerous completely different colours. I particularly preferred the layering on this photograph with the lengthy iceberg in entrance and the rows of homes within the background, popping due to the daylight hitting it via the darkish ambiance. The photograph was taken from a ship with an extended lens.

Chasing Ice. I all the time say that there’s magnificence within the little issues. And you actually have to identify them, as a result of it’s straightforward to get overwhelmed by all the massive icebergs round you. On this picture which reveals some very small items of ice within the sea, I noticed some attention-grabbing interactions. It seems like a person chasing a girl working away.

Sudden Gentle. On this specific evening, it seemed just like the sky would simply be coated in clouds. This truly occurred quite a bit this season. However throughout sundown via a tiny opening, the solar confirmed itself casting a ravishing heat glow over the ice. The wonderful thing about the midnight solar is that the solar will simply hover round this space for an hour or 2, so you possibly can get pleasure from that tiny opening within the clouds for a for much longer time than you’d count on.

Crusing Subsequent To The Wall. Each time you permit the Ilulissat harbor you’d see the enormous wall of ice coming down from the glacier subsequent to it. Though the wall modifications all year long, it’s all the time there. Crusing subsequent to it’s all the time very spectacular.

Darkness. Throughout some nights the clouds could be very darkish, however gentle would come via from the opposite aspect hitting the lonely icebergs within the ocean.

One other Dimension. Fog would generally abruptly roll in inflicting extraordinarily low visibility. Like crusing in a distinct dimension.

Beneath the Floor. Some smaller items of ice would have big areas beneath the floor, with spectacular constructions. Particularly with darker skies the components beneath the ocean would actually come out.

Residing Subsequent to the Fjord. Residing proper subsequent to the ice fjord in Ilulissat is wonderful with the direct view of the ice. It additionally comes with downsides after all. In summer time, the views are spectacular. However in winter, you received’t see the solar for just a few months.

Ice Tooth. Attention-grabbing ice constructions photographed with my 100-400mm lens. I’d all the time attempt to spot these particulars within the large icebergs. They might usually type at tie decrease space due to the water affecting it, attributable to wind and tide.

The Excellent Night time. You is likely to be a bit confused once I name sundown ‘evening’. That’s as a result of these sunsets occur round 01:30 AM at evening in July in Greenland. And that’s why they name it ‘Midnight Solar’. And while you get spectacular gentle and exquisite skies, they will actually final for hours. This was a kind of nights. With calm circumstances, reflections, and exquisite gentle that is a kind of excellent nights.

Frozen Swan. Icebergs are available in all types of styles and sizes. Right here we see a small piece of ice within the foreground that appears like a swan, with a ‘mountain vary’ within the background. Discovering relations between these items of ice is difficult however very rewarding if a shot works out. Word that this was shot from a transferring boat in fairly darkish circumstances.

Landing. A hen touching down on an iceberg with a really satisfying texture to it. I’d all the time get pleasure from photographing the birds sitting on the attention-grabbing icebergs after we left or entered the harbor.

Ready for Lunch. Spending a while in Oqaatsut Rodebay which is about 2 hours crusing away from Ilulissat I met many sled canine. This one was ready for his afternoon meals. Generally, the sled canine are fairly chill. They’re chained and might’t transfer far, and are principally enjoyable through the day. In winter, they’re used as sled canine.

The Mountain. This iceberg seems like a mountain towering excessive. By placing the pink sailboat subsequent to it (which is near 30 meters excessive), the photograph reveals the true scale of this scene.

Darkish Reflections. Typically the skies would get very darkish. Mixed with a brilliant early blue hour (it doesn’t get darker than that in summer time), this is able to trigger a novel ambiance in Disko Bay. The icebergs would seem very shiny towards the darkish sky. And with calm climate they mirror within the calm water, making the pictures very pleasing.

Golden Contact. The solar coming via a gap within the cloud on the final minute, giving a golden contact to the panorama. For this shot, we positioned our boat in entrance of a bit piece of ice functioning as ‘a foreground’. This maneuver may be very tough to tug off for our captains because the boat must be fairly nonetheless and might’t hit the ice. When a shot like this works out and every part aligns (the opposite pink boat additionally must be in excellent place, it’s tremendous rewarding. It requires excellent communication and an excellent crew.

Residing in Isolation. Yow will discover this home in Oqaatsut, Rodebay, the place solely about 30 individuals stay. On high of that, you possibly can solely attain it by boat. I visited sometimes to eat at their tremendous good H8 restaurant and stroll round photographing the place. It’s actually particular strolling round there and unimaginable that such locations nonetheless exist.

Spiral. An attention-grabbing element on an iceberg. It was in all probability triggered as a result of this iceberg initially had a distinct place on the water and barely flipped. The sharp edge was attributable to the earlier line and angle of the water.

Coloration Spectrum. Homes in Ilulissat (and in Greenland usually) have numerous completely different colours. It makes for some very attention-grabbing choices with regard to compositions for pictures.

Purple Peaks. When the delicate twilight gentle hits the icebergs they give the impression of being so soothing. Right here it seems such as you’re seeing frozen mountain peaks hit by the final evening.

The Tunnel. This big piece of ice had a tunnel via it with a curve. You possibly can see the sunshine hitting via it. By positioning our boat subsequent to it you possibly can see the true scale of the scene.

Golden Waves. Intense sundown gentle reflecting on calm ripples within the sea. I may shoot these little scenes for ours and attempt to seize very summary pictures of little sea waves. Very addicting.

Midnight Solar. 3 AM at evening and nonetheless seeing the magical colours of the midnight solar. They’ll final for a lot of hours when the clouds align.

Monotones. Even when the climate is sort of flat, the ambiance across the ice fjord is all the time very attention-grabbing. The ambiance can flip fairly monotone, however that doesn’t make it any much less lovely.

Scale. The partitions across the ice fjord could be fairly spectacular. The boat with pink sails is about 30 meters excessive. These partitions could be a lot greater than that!

Sled Canine Household. A mom along with her 3 little cubs. I discovered this household in Ilulissat and visited them virtually each day for two weeks. They bought fairly comfy with me and the mom didn’t thoughts in any respect. The center one was particularly cheeky and all the time got here to greet me. I felt like I actually bonded with them and took fairly some pictures of this household all through the weeks.

Towers. It was usually very foggy across the ice fjord which triggered some very atmospheric circumstances. At this second, the solar tried to peak via, revealing the silhouettes of a few of the towers within the background. These towers actually seemed like mountains however had been simply huge chunks of ice.

Whale Household. I all the time get pleasure from seeing the humpback whales having an excellent time within the ice fjord. Right here you possibly can even see a bit child swimming with the pack. They had been swimming again & forth round a small a part of the fjord right here consuming krill.

Deep Blue. Shortly after the midnight solar season, the skies flip deep blue within the evening. It nonetheless doesn’t get darkish utterly, nevertheless it’s like an countless blue hour. This causes every part to show deep blue with an amazing delicate blue gentle on all of the ice.

Crusing the Tunnel. Though this huge iceberg has a tunnel, it was probably not doable to sail via it. And even when it was, that’s method too harmful. Icebergs can collapse or flip at any second, and it’s essential to all the time keep at a secure distance. We’ve seen many huge items collapse or fall down. These items also can create large waves, which is one other hazard to concentrate on.

Winter Tuscany. This can be a close-up of the highest of an iceberg that appears prefer it had tracks of a automobile on it. It rang a bell in my memory of the Tuscany landscapes with grassy hills and tracks in them.

The Lookout. An individual standing on the sting of the cliffs. Lookout out over the spectacular ice fjord proper subsequent to Ilulissat. Sure, you possibly can truly simply stroll there and the views are spectacular simply from the land. Though we sailed more often than not, you possibly can see the sweetness proper there from the sting of the village. It’s spectacular.

Ridges. This iceberg had a brilliant attention-grabbing texture on it which we used as a foreground to mess around with throughout crusing with our pink sailboats. Enjoyable little element: Intently verify the highest of the mast. One in all our crew could be seen sitting near the highest!

Winter is Coming. With the reference to Recreation of Thrones, a few of these sceneries across the ice fjord actually appear to be they arrive straight out of fantasy movies. And regardless that they don’t seem to be actual mountains however simply large icebergs, they do appear to be them.

All of the pictures on this sequence had been taken and chosen over a interval of virtually 4 weeks. I hope you loved this sequence of pictures and felt such as you got here together with my journey via Greenland.


Concerning the writer: Albert Dros is an award-winning Dutch photographer. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. His work has been revealed by a few of the world’s largest media channels, together with TIME, The Huffington Publish, The Day by day Mail, and Nationwide Geographic. Yow will discover extra of his work on his web site, or by following him on Fb and Instagram. This text was additionally revealed right here.



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