The Icefjord Centre: In symbiosis with the ice of Greenland
By Signe Hansen | Photos: Adam Mork
Located at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, The Icefjord Centre offers visitors a spectacular experience. The centre combines a breathtaking landscape and stunning architecture with a captivating exploration of the history, present and future of Greenland’s enormous glaciers.
Situated on the western coast of Greenland, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Ilulissat offers visitors the chance to view one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomena, the calving of glacial ice. Unique in sound and sight, the phenomenon is one of many spectacular experiences produced by the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the world’s most dynamic glaciers. At The Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat, you can explore this and many other aspects of the UNESCO-listed ice fjord through science as well as art.
The Inuit culture and its survival in the extreme climate of Greenland, climate change, and the ancient secrets hidden in the core of the ice are all explored through the centre’s exhibition. However, it is not one specific element, but the experience as a whole that blows visitors away, says the head of the Icefjord Centre, Elisabeth Momme. “People are blown away by the landscape, the fjord, and the centre. Its location and the way Dorte Mandrup, the architect of the centre, has created the centre are symbiotic – it creates an almost unbelievable feeling of harmony,” she says. “People call it indescribable.”
Open all year, the centre also serves as a community centre with a host of activities for locals, especially throughout the dark winter season. Moreover, it functions as a learning institution offering free educational material in Greenlandic, English and Danish. Some can be used at the centre, but much of the material, such as the captivating local narratives, also serves as an easily accessible gateway into the Greenlandic culture and nature for everyone curious to explore more before, during or after a visit.
Facebook: Kangiata Illorsua - The Icefjord Center
Do you want to know more about the Icefjord, check the UNESCO site
See the website for opening hours.
Tickets can be booked via the website or bought on-site.
During high season, it is recommended to book tickets in advance. The tickets are sold for specific time slots, but can always be changed in case of unexpected delays etc.
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