We were seriously knackered after all the excitement and the very late night the previous evening. Not surprisingly we missed breakfast and decided instead to grab a small lunch. We wandered down the road again to see how far away the town was from the Hotel. Having got to the top of the hill overlooking the harbour, we decided it was too far so turned around and came back to the comfort of the hotel and another snooze! This nocturnal existence was necessary but hard to keep up with. There was so much to explore and see.
Before we knew it, we were having dinner again and preparing to head off out on the boats for our next adventure. The weather was overcast but we were excited again to be cruising around Disko Bay. It was early evening, around 7pm when we set out.
We’d plumped for the red sailed ‘show’ boat again for two reasons; firstly we’re anti-social Brits and secondly because we had no idea why no-one else wanted to be on it so it was less ‘busy’. We later realised that photo opps were much better on the other boat as the one we were on hoisted it’s vivid but apparently useless, red sails and served to make the ice look even prettier and provided some oft needed scale as to how massive these things are. We weren’t out for long however before we encountered a bizarre looking iceberg that had a long dinosaur ridged back. As can be seen above, it’s at these points that any photographer manners and decorum is temporarily waived. Ian is practically mounting me from behind as I’ve pushed in front of him cos “I’ve got a 14mm lens” and ‘need’ to be at the front so as not to get any boat in my shot! Ian responded of course, as he should have done and I deserved.
We continued pootling around with all of us marvelling at all the different shapes and sizes of these incredible structures. We snapped and snapped away at anything and pretty much everything. My philosophy was that I’d never be here again and I can worry about what’s good and what isn’t when we get back home. Others were more circumspect but after a while, it became hard for me to make a decision so I shot anyway!
We found this particularly odd looking iceberg (above) whilst cruising around. I’d seen it from the terrace of the hotel earlier in the day and it’d drifted quite some way before the evening. We have no idea what the jet black strata are in this lump of ice that appeared to have calved from the glacier and fallen onto its final resting place but it sure looked odd!
As the sun set, the clouds cleared a little and we were afforded some stunning shots. Each twist and turn of the boat (and our heads) afforded a different coloured light and reflection on the ice in front or behind us. We were in photography heaven, deciding which way to point our camera was fast becoming a problem. Being on board with other photographers meant you just couldn’t help but sometimes feel their shot was going to be better than yours so you’d better take their view as well, just in case! It was almost an overload of views and sights.
The cloud formations all around us were different depending where you were pointing your camera. Even the background was teasing us.
It became apparent after a while that each of us had a shape or ‘style’ of iceberg that we preferred. I loved these huge, smooth looking lonely ones while others picked the craggier, rougher shapes.
Likening the shapes to objects, animals or seeing faces in them became a ‘sport’ and I think in our delirium during the wee small hours, we even started naming them!
We were patting ourselves on the back as we looked at the never too far away ‘Rusarc Aurora’ and its busier decks before we came to a halt and the crew started to raise the fake red sails. We sat helpless as our boat positioned into the middle of the berg below, under the moon, while the ‘other’ photographers snapped merrily away at our pretty boat through the ice. Damnit, now we understood and didn’t make the same mistake again on this trip.
We continued floating around the icefjord until sunrise and didn’t get back to shore until 5am, by which time we were exhausted but still hugely grateful to be in such an incredible place in this world. We decided that as they were serving breakfast in the hotel, we may as well grab some sustenance before heading to our beds for a well earned sleep. Another gorgeous and productive night.