Wednesday 18 August 2010


We have seen lots of spectacular ice on this trip already but today is our major ice day.  Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic and that pretty much sums it up.  The glacier Sermeq Kujalleq is the most actively calving glacier in the northern hemisphere.  The ice flows at a rate of approximately 19 metres a day.  Due to the unique nature of the nearby glacier, Ilulissat and surroundings became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004.

If you go to Ilulissat you absolutely must  see the Ice Fjord (also known as Kangia).  It is spectacular.  
We offer a variety of ways to experience the Ice Fjord.  There are helicopter, boat and hiking trips.  All of them are great!

Another gorgeous day greeted us as we dropped anchor just outside the harbour of Ilulissat at 08:00.  We continued our streak of nearly perfect weather.  

 No matter how you chose to view the ice - the views were always breathtaking. The mouth of the Fjord was choked with very large icebergs.   Lots of people selected two different excursions.  Boat and helicopter. Boat and hike.  Hike and...  whatever.  There was plenty of time to do two.  There was also ample time to wander about town.

The last Polar Cirkle boat left shore at 18:30 and the ship heaved anchor at 19:00.  As we passed the mouth of the fjord we saw a couple of humpback whales very near the ice. 
Our evening was filled with a charity auction where Fram raises funds for children in Greenland. Following the auction we were entertained by the crew with a great show of singing and dancing.