Inspired by Ice part 2

The ice cap

Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50 - ISO 160 f11 1/1500 sec.
Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50 - ISO 160 f8 1/2000 sec.

Since getting from place to place overland by foot usually far exceeds the timeframe of a stay, flying is one way--and the most sensible way in summer--to see some more of this country. The ice cap is far inland, and every year it moves further inward. On foot, it would be a pretty tough expedition, not so much because of the distance, but rather the lack of paths and the unpredictable nature of the terrain and the dangers of the wilderness in general. "Be careful with the dogs" we heard from the Inuit daily. What is a cute sight here in the city ... 

Husky puppies
Wild Husky on the tundra

But that's another story.  

There are more Huskies than Inuit and therefore they really are everywhere. In the summer they have nothing to do and are usually lying around bored on leashes in large areas near the houses or are raising their puppies.  

Flying

But let's get back to flying. In Greenland everything is expensive. Flying is no exception, but it's worth it. It is the best way to get an idea of the size and beauty of the country. To see the ice cap, we got on a plane. This is a big challenge not only physically, but also photographically, because the planes are pretty small. Moreover, you are also wearing a lot of clothes. A small camera is absolutely an advantage, unless you are lucky enough to be able to sit next to the pilot. 
However, this decision rests with the pilot. After all, the weight distribution in the plane is very important. The airplanes are small, but powerful, and certainly safer than crossing the tundra on foot. Because there is no radar here, you have to send a radio message to the tower every five minutes.
Taking off for a sightseeing flight to the ice cap

But squeezing into the small plane has its real rewards. The ice, the land. An incredible sight. If you fly a little lower, the updrafts of the ice cap shake the plane violently. 

Iceberg from 350 feet high
On the edge of the glacier
Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50mm - ISO 160 f11 1/1500 sec.
Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50mm - ISO 160 f8 1/3000 sec.
Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50mm - ISO 160 f13 1/1500 sec.

Greenland is a country with many faces and a beautiful landscape that is subject to constant change. A week before our visit there had been almost one and a half feet of snow on the ground.

Plenty of sunshine

In the sun and one of the sheltered corners you can enjoy this view in just a sweater. If the wind shifts, however, and comes from the ice cap, you need several jackets to compensate for this drop in temperature.

The winds may arise suddenlyFuture

Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50 - ISO 160 f9.5 1/180 sec.

Future  

Leica M9 Summilux-M 1.4/50mm - ISO 160 f11 1/1000 sec.

The problems in this country are the alcoholism among young people, the great despair of the parents in the daily struggle for survival and the waning of traditions.

 Now it becomes clear why Greenlanders are not very excited about the rest of the world. If the world gets upset that the Inuit in Greenland hunt seals for their own use and even Greenpeace feels it must intervene, then one should simply imagine that all of Greenland has the number of inhabitants of a small town (about the size of Baden-Baden or Springfield Oregon, USA). As if they did not have enough problems already, this nation’s population is shrinking because people are now killing themselves out of desperation. 

Cemetery in Ilulissat

Tour Equipment

  • Leica M9 
  •  Summilux.M 1.4/50mm asph. 
  •  Elmarit-M 2.8/28mm asph. 
  •  Elmar-M 2.8/90mm 
  •  Gitzo tripod 
  •  Sony RX-1  

Impressum

Jürgen Müngersdorf 
mujue.com Photography 
Breitestraße 28 53902 
Bad Münstereifel Germany 

Translation : Joe Campton  


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