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Ilulissat IsfjordInternational Polar YearBook review

Ilulissat Icefjord is the first site in Greenland and one of the first in the Arctic to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List among numerous other world famous localities.

Ilulissat Icefjord possesses great beauty created by the Inland Ice, the glaciers and the majestic icebergs. The area’s abundant animal life has for thousands of years made it possible for people to inhabit this otherwise inhospitable environment. The icefjord is of international importance to the geosciences and numerous expeditions have for more than 250 years explored the area.

Read about the glacier fed by the Inland Ice, the formation and drift of icebergs, its exploration and the influence of the icefjord on hunter cultures and the modern industry of present-day Greenland.

Text and images are based on the book about the icefjord. The complete story is found in the book below.

The book

This is a book for those who dream about visiting the beautiful icefjord or a beautiful souvenir for the lucky ones who have already been there.

Read more and order the book

Large icebergs

Read on-line

Map of Ilulissat Isfjord

Quick guide to Ilulissat Icefjord

The Inland Ice, climate and earlier glaciations

Portrait of the ice at Ilulissat

The land below and around the ice

The ice, the science and the Icefjord

The nutrient-rich icefjord - animals and plants

The land of the icefjord people
fishing boats


Søkongen Animation of Ilulissat Icefjord
The video gives you an impression of the World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord.

See the video
Take an animated flight from Ilulissat Airport, via the town of Ilulissat and east through the Ilulissat Icefjord to the approx. 70 m high glacier front and back again.

See the animation


Take a meditative pause and enjoy the pictures from the icefjord taken by photographer Jakob Lautrup.

See slideshow
GEUS has produced a number of posters about the World Heritage Site.

See the posters and order

The book is published by GEUS  
Editors: Ole Bennike, Naja Mikkelsen, Henrik Klinge Pedersen and Anker Weidick
Journalistic editing: Rolf Haugaard Nielsen
Html version (layout): Carsten E. Thuesen
Photo: Jakob Lautrup (unless otherwise indicated)
Cover and layout (book): Henrik Klinge Pedersen
Reprographic work: Benny Schark and Jakob Lautrup
Illustrations: Henrik Klinge Pedersen and others. Source is indicated at each figure
Maps: Margareta Christoffersen and Willy L. Weng
3D interpretation: Carsten E. Thuesen
Satellite interpretation: Tapani Tukiainen

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