Photographing the Hike Around Ilulissat, Greenland

A view down onto a small part of the massive Ilulissat Icefjord while on a late night hike under the midnight sun near the town of Ilulissat, Greenland.

I loved my time in Greenland. I spent 3 or 4 days there exploring in and around the tourist town of Ilulissat in Western Greenland and a couple of days at the Eqi Glacier Lodge opposite the amazing Eqi Sermia Glacier at the far end of Disko Bay.

Have You Answered The Call Of The Wild?

There's beauty in isolation, you just have to be open and receptive the environment in which you find yourself. This image was made at around 2:30am near the end of a long hike on the outskirts of Ilulissat. Most of the hike takes you along the edge of the Ilulissat Icefjord before heading inland and back into the tourist town of Ilulissat.

 
Midnight Sun, Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

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I was on my own for most of the hike, though I did see some local Inuit folk enjoying the long summer evenings off in the distance. 

The photo was made as I began the climb upward to a vantage point above town, prior to descending through a large pack of howling huskies and, after a final effort, back to my hotel where a well earned sleep awaited me.

Hills, illuminated by warm light, at sunset near the tourist town of Ilulissat in western Greenland.

Wind Is The Death Of Sharpness

While the walk was beautiful I had experienced quite strong winds through most of it. And wind can be a real concern when you’re resting your tripod on top of rocks. Remember to grip the tripod with your hand to check for vibration, which can be severe under such conditions.

The midnight sun contrasts the local cemetery against a view of houses and factories in Ilulissat, Greenland.

The Dualities Of Separation And Connection 

Despite the wind the walk was a very meditative experience. The light was a little gloomy, which only added to the sombre nature of the surroundings.

I’ve always found melancholy to be a uniquely beautiful experience. It’s a quiet, reflective state. A kind of bridge between the extremes of ecstasy and sadness.

While I’m a naturally sociable person, when in public, I love being on my own and I’m attracted to the beauty that exists between dualities and, seemingly, outside of time.

Safe waters on the edge of the massive Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland.

Reflection And Transition For The Creative Soul

Our lives are split into literally millions of individual moments. Yet it’s in these relatively rare moments of transition that I find the deepest connection to the sublime.

 
On the Edge of the Wild, Ilulissat, Greenland

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If you're interested in an experience of the landscape that's right on the edge of the wilderness, with massive icebergs and amazing light, then I'd recommend a trip to Ilulissat in western Greenland. I know I'll return one day soon, before the crowds come.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru