Friday, 20 October 2017

Elite Escapes: The great calving glacier of Eqi, Greenland.

Eqi, Greenland (CNN) — All before us is ice. Stretching out for miles there's nothing but a vast barrier of white. A frozen sea, more than 30 stories tall, as menacing as it is beautiful.

The engine falls silent and the boat comes to a standstill. Its passengers do likewise, freezing in awe at the colossus in front of them -- the great calving glacier, Eqi.

You see it first, the ice falling, then comes the sound of ancient thunder breaking the stunned silence. The noise announces that the glacier has just gotten a little smaller as a mini tsunami rolls toward the boat, swaying it from side to side.

Eqi is an appropriate name -- it means edge. Being here is like hovering over the precipice of the planet. It feels like the place where the world ends.

The glacier is reached via a three-hour boat ride north through the Ataa Strait from Ilulissat, Greenland's third-largest town on the west coast of the country. In winter, temperatures drop to -20°C (-4°F), freezing the sea, making this journey only safely accessible from June to September.

Full story at CNN.

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