Ilulissat – Greenland

Ilulissat ( Diskobay) with its 4500 inhabitants is the third-largest town in Greenland.
In Greenland, there are no roads between settlements and even if Ilulissat has some kilometres of tarmac roads, you won’t miss your own car. Many Greenlanders rely on taxis, crisscrossing the city at any moment of the day.


By end of May, there are not many tourists around. But the closer you get to mid-June, the busier the town gets: tourist agencies start their business; there are more offers for trips. But just having a walk following the yellow marked trail at the mouth of Kangia is rewarding in every aspect and at any time of the day. Of course photographers will appreciate early morning, late afternoon and night-time…
Otherwise, have a walk to the port or a stroll to the sledge dog areas.

We stayed in one of Paa and Jannik’s apartments, (B&B and apartments – extremely recommendable!!!) with a top view to Diskobay and the ever changing scenery of icebergs. Ships and boats coming in and going out of the harbour, trying to avoid passage, where ice is blocking the way in or out.
Midnight sun allows a 24 hours show, but at some time, one has to have to sleep, but we tried to keep those periods as short as possible. Kangia Icefjord glacier, moving 47 m per day, delivers some 40 000 000 m3 of calving icebergs each day. Scenery is changing rather quickly with the change of tide and wind, these are very long days for photographers!