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Epic Flights - Reykjavik to Ilulissat, Greenland

Epic Flights - Flying from Rekyjavik to Ilulissat, Greenland

I have flown some amazing flights during my travels like Buenos Ares to Ushuaia, but flying from Reykjavik to Ilulissat in Greenland tops them all and was a flight I will never forget.

Immense Ice-flow in Greenland

Ilulissat is located on the west coast of Greenland

After walking from my hostel to Reykjavik domestic airport with my backpack and hand luggage I was knackered and ready for a nap. I thought the flight would be the perfect opportunity, but then I remembered where I was flying too so I slugged it out and fought through my tiredness.

Flight time from Reykjavik to Ilulissat is around 3 hours

When I thought about this flight before I arrived in Iceland I tried to imagine the different scenes I would see, and hope that I would get a window seat so I could record some footage - Luckily enough I had no one sat next to me, so the window seat was all mine! I got my camera ready in anticipation and sure enough after a while I saw the first Iceberg in the deep blue sea. It was hard to tell the size as we were so high up but it looked ginormous. After this berg, more and more followed and the mountainous east coast of Greenland reared into view. The coast had many tributaries of Glaciers pushing into the open sea while immense brown mountains dotted with flecks of snow sprouted up and cast shadows on the land beneath them. It was quite awe-inspiring to see this monumental display of nature and extreme wilderness.

Our plane sped on and as we headed further into the interior of Greenland, the mountains were replaced with the never-ending white expanse of the Greenlandic Ice-Sheet. The sun reflected brilliantly on the surface and it was painful to look at for prolonged periods of time. Endless miles of desolate snow and ice passed beneath us and there were no sings of life at all. My camera wouldn't focus on the snow so sadly I have no video footage of the Ice-sheet.

Finally after what seemed like an age, signs that we were reaching the west coast started to appear. My concentration was intense and I don't think I have ever been so alert. Small cracks in the ice appeared and I saw several points where water broke the surface and formed crescent moon shaped pools full of brilliant blue water.

I had arrived, Ilulissat Airport, Greenland

My excitement was at its pinnacle now and as we drew ever closer to Ilulissat I was continually amazed by the landscape below. A huge ice drift meandered in-between cliffs and provided me with some fantastic footage; Ice bergs of unimaginable size dominated the scene while ice of all different shapes packed together to form an imperfect and fractured sheet. It was pure bliss, I felt like I was in a documentary and I couldn't believe the awe-inspiring landscape I was seeing. After finally land I was nearly shaking with excitement and disbelief. This flight will forever stick in my mind and I hope the videos in this post convey some of the magnificence and beauty of the wild landscape of Greenland.

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