Available for: "In the Wake of Eric the Red", "Northeast Greenland" and "Greenland - Disko Bay" voyages The excursions can be preordered or bought onboard pending of availability.

The Ice Sheet Is one of Greenland’s biggest attractions. It covers 80% of the surface of the country, but the size of this mass of ice is reduced every year, because it melts more than it rebuilds. At Kangerlussuaq, clear signs have been found that the ice is receding. Our adventure to the area’s most remarkable glacier requires transport with a tundra coach, a 4WD vehicle, which is designed to take on the rocky, changeable terrain and gravel roads.

This leg of our journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. On the way, we will be on the lookout for wildlife, such as reindeer and musk oxen, and listen to stories from our guide about the area’s history. After arriving to Russell Glacier, you can hike along the glacier’s edge, and simply enjoy its immensity. Here, the roar of melting and morphing ice structures are the only sounds that disrupt the peaceful silence. You will find many excellent locations for close-up photography and panoramas. Due to the melting of ice during the warmer summer months, glacial thinning and instability within the colossal walls of ice can result.

These structures can calve and break suddenly; therefore, it is important to maintain a safe distance. As the ice slowly moves across the mountain landscapes, its unseen power crushes the rock below, thereby producing an accumulation of stony deposits and fine, gray silt. The silt is actually fine sand, clay and gravel that resulted from the ice’s crushing weight. These moraines and silt serve as a true testament to the great forces that nature can exert. They also help explain the steely gray color of the 160- kilometer (199-mile) long Kangerlussuaq Fjord. After an hour spent enjoying the fantastic glacial surroundings and nature’s might, we will leave Russell Glacier behind, just as we found it – pristine, magnificent and unforgettable. The Russell Glacier is located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aasivissuit - Nipisat.