Ilulissat dogsledge tour to the ice cap in Greenland
14-16 April 2007
About 50km from Ilulissat there is a dead glacier that can be climbed by dogsledge, offering the possibility to have a walk over the ancient Greenland inland ice. The trip is three days (two nights) long, with overnights in an heated hut (small refuge).
The planned itinerary for this ice cap dogsledge tour out of Ilulissat.
We leave early in the afternoon of first day. Before departure, the sledge is prepared and the dogs are tied. Eleven dogs pull two people (me and my guide), the food provisions, baggage and emergency equipment.
Dogsledge pictures. We leave Ilulissat, crossing the dogteams' s starting point.
More dog sledge pictures. The dogs can pull the sledge even on climbs (if the climb is too huge, normally the guide descend and follow the sledge from behind, in order to keep it lighter).
Other dog teams coming from the opposite direction.
After some hours, I get a beautiful view over the Icefjord.
Descending towards the final destination of today.
This is the scenery where I will travel for the next days, a breathtaking panorama of snow, ice and glaciers.
After about 4 hours, we reach this cabin where we will sleep for two nights.
Soon, I take a short hike on the sea ice, following a trail in the snow. The fjord has many icebergs frozen solid inside. I meet also another dogsled team coming from the opposite direction.
The white arc around the sun is called halo effect and is built by the ice crystals suspended into the athmosphere (today is about -15 entigrades).
In the meanwhile, some dog has a rest, while some other gets angry.
The following morning the temperature holds at about -18 centigrades. We cross the frozen fjord bound for a dead glacier.
The dead glacier that we are about to climb, in order to get access to the ancient inland ice (icecap).
We descend from the Greenland ice cap, crossing the fjord again, in order to have a better look into a glacier flowing inside the fjord itself.
The nice white and blue wall of the glacier ending into the frozen fjord.
The dogs resting on the snow.
It is late afternoon when we start our drive back to the refuge.
A last panoramic view onto this glacier coming from Greenland icecap and ending into a frozen fiord.
The next day it starts to snow, before we head back to Ilulissat.