FEBRUARY 2020

World Heritage calendar February image: Ilulissat Icefjord (Denmark)

Ilulissat Icefjord

Denmark

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord is the sea mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice or around 10% of all Greenland icebergs. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.