I barely finished my first ever muskox burger and I was suddenly sitting in a small plane, flying over the Greenland ice sheet. I was lucky to be the shortest person of our group, which granted me the front spot right next to the pilot. I opened the window and stuck my camera out, and I almost lost it because of the powerful air flow. I’ve grasped it more firmly and tried to capture the sublime scenery of the endless ice sheet.
Russell Glacier by plane
We followed the river upstream and along the glacial valley we arrived to the ice sheet, an endless mass of ice that goes as far as you can see. What more shall I say… I’ll rather let speak the pictures.
Russell Glacier by bike
The next day we decided to check out the glacier from a different perspective. We rented bikes and hit the only road in Greenland that takes you all the way to the ice. The only obstacle is that it’s a 50km return trip. My companions didn’t seem concerned by this fact and the weather was great, so I ran out of excuses.
It turned out to be a super warm day and I couldn’t regret more that I was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and long black pants. The road started by a rather steep uphill and the fact that I had to get off my bike to get to the top was not a good sign. The next kilometres were more pleasant, we were biking along a river, the hills around were green and it was a perfect picture of Greenlandic summer at its best.
We had a break by a lake where we spent some time berry picking and the brave ones also swimming in the lake. And from there it was only getting worse. The trail soon changed from gravel to sand. It was getting harder and harder to move even at a slow speed. We reached a point where it resembled a desert… sand, sun, heat, lack of water, bikes sinking in the sand. We could already see the glacier in front of us, hidden behind small hills. It looked so ironic – how there can be a desert and a glacier at the same time?
We went on, attracted by the proximity of the glacier, but at 3pm we still had 8 km ahead of us and we decided to better head back to Kangerlussuaq. It was a bit sad not to make it all the way to the glacier, but the view was pretty good already from the road.