The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering about 80 percent of the nation´s landmass. The ice sheet creates huge glaciers that are pushed towards the coast by the force of gravity. In Southern Greenland, some of the glaciers end up in fjords where they produce icebergs of all conceivable shapes, sizes and colors, ranging from white to green to turquoise.
The sound of ice
From Qassiarsuk, we sail to the underwater moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Icefjord, where many icebergs run aground. The glacier deposits about 200,000 tons of ice into the fjord daily. We sail into this remarkable body of water and zigzag between stranded icebergs. We stop the motor and drift quietly with the current. The absolute silence is disturbed only by the sound of icebergs breaking free from the glacier and crashing into the fjord.
On the rocks
As we drift in the fjord, we also gather ice that is served in on-board cocktails later. Adding to this unique experience is the popping caused by 1,000 year-old air bubbles escaping in the drink glass. Take your time to enjoy the awesome vista of thousands of icebergs, sheer cliff faces and the enormous glacier before we return to Qassiarsuk.