With hundreds of staggeringly beautiful, ice-choked fjords, snowcapped summits, rushing waterfalls and flowing glaciers, Greenland is a paradise for cold-place fans, such as myself. And, if you seek remote and unpopulated corners, Greenland satisfies on that count, too. The entire 836,330-square-mile country has just 75 miles of roads and a population of approximately only 56,400 people.
But Greenland is changing fast. Last summer, according to NASA researchers, Greenland’s surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. Boats routinely haul in fishing quotas faster in bays that are thawing sooner, while the nation’s traditional villages are thinning out as young people look for opportunities elsewhere.
More than anything, though, Greenland’s ice changes, day by day and sometimes even moment to moment. In September of this year, I spent several days among the country’s icebergs and glaciers, photographing a landscape that I knew would exist only for the time I was there. If you traveled to Greenland today, you’d see a different world of ice than I did. And that, I think, is what will keep calling me back.
So, take a look at the Greenland I saw just a few weeks ago. Then, imagine what it will look like when you visit.
Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,