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


The final time I visited West Greenland was in 2019. It was a phenomenal summer time with calm and sunny climate nearly 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 totally different.

My newest journey to the nation noticed a lot of rain, wind, clouds, and fog. Locals have 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 positively attention-grabbing.

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

On this photograph collection, my purpose is to indicate you an impression of Disko Bay round Ilulissat from this 12 months throughout the nearly 4 weeks I spent within the space — the massive icebergs, Ilulissat (my dwelling base), the little villages round like Oqaatsut and Iliminaq, the sled canines, the whales, the little ice particulars, the totally different climate circumstances, and naturally our crimson sailboats.

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

Purple Evening. Crusing all evening within the midnight solar interval the place the solar by no means goes under 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 search out their favourite spots this 12 months however finally I discovered that they loved being at sure areas inside the ice fjord. Relying on the tide and present, they’d 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 a lot of days with fog and rain. Typically that induced 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 large pyramid that stayed in the identical place for weeks.

The Excellent View. Think about dwelling on the coast of this space with new icebergs always passing by your view. The ice fjord always 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 appears particularly lovely because it’s tremendous blue. This one had the form of a spaceship with a bit pool on prime. We positioned our little crimson sailboats to indicate the actual 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 environment was magical. Notice that it was tough to navigate by means of 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 canines and their little puppies. Sooner or later in my day by day visits, they began to get snug with me (each the pups and the mothers) so I might take some good photographs of them. In Ilulissat, there are extra sled canines 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 photographs).

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 provide the icebergs a extra blue colour that may be very pleasing. Additionally, our crimson sailboats actually pop in this type 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 lined the sky.

Solar haloes are attributable to skinny cirrus clouds round 20,000 ft or greater above us. They’re made from tiny, ice crystals. Daylight by means of the ice crystals causes the sunshine to separate, or be refracted. When at simply the correct angle, it causes us to see the halo.

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

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

Ilulissat Layers. This 12 months I made a decision to take extra photographs of Ilulissat itself, my dwelling base for the weeks in West Greenland. Ilulissat options attention-grabbing structure with a lot of totally different colours. I particularly favored 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 by means of the darkish environment. 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 simple to get overwhelmed by all the massive icebergs round you. On this picture which exhibits some very small items of ice within the sea, I noticed some attention-grabbing interactions. It appears like a person chasing a lady operating away.

Sudden Mild. On this explicit evening, it regarded just like the sky would simply be lined in clouds. This really occurred lots this season. However throughout sundown by means of a tiny opening, the solar confirmed itself casting a phenomenal heat glow over the ice. The beauty of 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’ll anticipate.

Crusing Subsequent To The Wall. Each time you allow the Ilulissat harbor you’ll see the enormous wall of ice coming down from the glacier subsequent to it. Regardless that 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 by means of from the opposite aspect hitting the lonely icebergs within the ocean.

One other Dimension. Fog would typically out of the blue roll in inflicting extraordinarily low visibility. Like crusing in a distinct dimension.

Beneath the Floor. Some smaller items of ice would have enormous areas under the floor, with spectacular buildings. 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 in fact. 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 buildings photographed with my 100-400mm lens. I’d all the time attempt to spot these particulars within the big icebergs. They might usually kind at tie decrease space due to the water affecting it, attributable to wind and tide.

The Excellent Evening. You could 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 if you get spectacular gentle and exquisite skies, they’ll 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 sizes and styles. 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. Notice that this was shot from a transferring boat in moderately 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 canines. This one was ready for his afternoon meals. Typically, the sled canines are fairly chill. They’re chained and may’t transfer far, and are largely enjoyable throughout the day. In winter, they’re used as sled canines.

The Mountain. This iceberg appears like a mountain towering excessive. By placing the crimson sailboat subsequent to it (which is near 30 meters excessive), the photograph exhibits the actual 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 could trigger a novel environment in Disko Bay. The icebergs would seem very vibrant in opposition to the darkish sky. And with calm climate they replicate within the calm water, making the photographs very pleasing.

Golden Contact. The solar coming by means of 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 drag off for our captains because the boat must be fairly nonetheless and may’t hit the ice. When a shot like this works out and all the things aligns (the opposite crimson boat additionally must be in excellent place, it’s tremendous rewarding. It requires superb communication and crew.

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

Spiral. An attention-grabbing element on an iceberg. It was most likely induced 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.

Colour Spectrum. Homes in Ilulissat (and in Greenland typically) have a lot of totally different colours. It makes for some very attention-grabbing choices with regard to compositions for images.

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

The Tunnel. This enormous piece of ice had a tunnel by means of it with a curve. You may see the sunshine hitting by means of it. By positioning our boat subsequent to it you possibly can see the actual scale of the scene.

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

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

Monotones. Even when the climate is sort of flat, the environment across the ice fjord is all the time very attention-grabbing. The environment 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 crimson sails is about 30 meters excessive. These partitions could be a lot greater than that!

Sled Canine Household. A mom together with her 3 little cubs. I discovered this household in Ilulissat and visited them nearly each day for two weeks. They obtained fairly snug 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 photographs of this household all through the weeks.

Towers. It was usually very foggy across the ice fjord which induced some very atmospheric circumstances. At this second, the solar tried to peak by means of, revealing the silhouettes of among the towers within the background. These towers actually regarded like mountains however have been simply large chunks of ice.

Whale Household. I all the time get pleasure from seeing the humpback whales having time within the ice fjord. Right here you possibly can even see a bit child swimming with the pack. They have 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 fully, nevertheless it’s like an limitless blue hour. This causes all the things to show deep blue with an incredible mushy blue gentle on all of the ice.

Crusing the Tunnel. Regardless that this large iceberg has a tunnel, it was not likely attainable to sail by means of 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 protected distance. We’ve seen many large items collapse or fall down. These items can even create big 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 car on it. It stroke a chord 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 really simply stroll there and the views are spectacular simply from the land. Regardless that we sailed more often than not, you possibly can see the wonder 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 crimson 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 Sport of Thrones, a few of these sceneries across the ice fjord actually seem like they arrive straight out of fantasy movies. And though they aren’t actual mountains however simply big icebergs, they do seem like them.

All of the photographs on this collection have been taken and chosen over a interval of just about 4 weeks. I hope you loved this collection of photographs and felt such as you got here together with my journey by means of Greenland.


In regards to 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 among the world’s largest media channels, together with TIME, The Huffington Publish, The Day by day Mail, and Nationwide Geographic. You 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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