Powerful, magic, dynamic, alive, happy, sad, vulnerable. These are the words which come to my mind when thinking about glaciers.
In summer 2022 I had a privilege to visit Ilulissat (Greenland) and sail among most incredible icebergs. Serneq Kujalleq (Ilulissat Glacier) calves huge icebergs which slowly travel along the fjord Kangia towards Qeqertarsuup Tunua (Disko Bay) and then to the Atlantic. But before the bergs get into the ocean, they are gathering together in the mouth of the fjord, caught by the underwater moraine. And there is their last gathering...
I also had the privilege to be close to three glaciers in the South-East of Iceland, Breiðamerkurjökull, Skeiðarárjökull and Hoffellsjökull, three of the many outlets of Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe. During my short visits in the winters of 2018, 2019 and 2020 I walked on Breiðamerkurjökull, visited several ice caves and two glacial lagoons: Jökulsárlón and Hoffellslón.
I brought home mixed memories of these incredible places, both happy and sad. Happy, as the glaciers gave me energy and charged my batteries for happy living. Sad, as I witnessed their disappearance; I saw how ephemeral they are, and I know that we are largely responsible for this.