Highlights and main attractions of Disko Bay & Ilulissat
On the west coast of Greenland lies the spectacular Disko Bay, a region renowned for its imposing glaciers and glistening icebergs. Along the shoreline, the brightly coloured houses of small Inuit villages perch precariously on the edge of rocky cliffs.
The largest of these settlements is the town of Ilulissat, home to almost as many huskies as people, which stands at the entrance to the Ilulissat Icefjord. The icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and is one of the most visited sites in Greenland, forming a wide, iceberg-packed channel leading up to the colossal Jacobshavn Glacier. Jacobshavn, or Sermeq Kujalleq, is one of the most active glaciers in the world, advancing 40m each day and producing 46km³ of icebergs per year.
The thunderous sounds of the calving glacier and cracking icebergs echo across the fjord, creating a truly awe-inspiring atmosphere.