Inlandis–Greenland’s Polar Ice Cap!

Flower Valley Mountain 8810 August 20, 2018

Image: Kiattut Glacier in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 32 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, hand-held.

When we climbed the mountain that overlooked Flower Valley, South Greenland as described in my last post (Hike through Flower Valley), we had another special treat awaiting us.  Our guide, Ester, wouldn’t tell us where we were going so we happily followed her, as she had yet to disappoint us. We hiked along the top of the mountain a short distance and came to this beautiful lake where we stopped for a snack break.

Flower Valley Mountain 8687 August 20, 2018

Image: Mountain top lake in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 24 mm, f/13, 1/160 sec, ISO 200, hand-held.

We then proceeded along a narrow path on the left side of the lake heading towards the saddle straight ahead with some mountains in the far distance.  We could sense the excitement in Ester as we got closer.  She told us it was one of her favorite views of the trip.

Flower Valley Mountain 8667 August 20, 2018

Image: Our group hiking along a mountain top lake in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 45 mm, f/13, 1/160 sec, ISO 200, hand-held.

As we climbed the last section, I was ready with my camera.  We were practically speechless at the sight before us: Kiattut Glacier!  It was nestled in the mountains and extended as far as the eye could see.  We also saw the other end of it as it was melting into a glacial river.

Flower Valley Mountain 8832 August 20, 2018

Image: Kiattut Glacier in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 32 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, hand-held.

I was fascinated by the texture of the glacier and the lines formed by the weather’s effect on the top surface. We didn’t have time to climb down to the edge of the glacier, so I changed my lens to a medium telephoto and  zoomed in to see more detail.

Flower Valley Mountain 8764 August 20, 2018

Image: Kiattut Glacier in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 125 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 200, hand-held.

When the clouds cleared in the far distance, we had another special treat: Inlandis!  As you can see in the image below, there is a white snowy area above the mountaintops that  was our peek of Greenland’s Polar Ice Cap! What a beautiful and amazing sight!

Flower Valley Mountain 8780 August 20, 2018

Image: Inlandis and Kiattut Glacier in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 180 mm, f/13, 1/320 sec, ISO 200, hand-held.

After a nice picnic lunch break and plenty of time for some photos, we headed back but took an alternate route around one of the mountain tops that led us to a little pond with some interesting plant life.

Flower Valley Mountain 8841 August 20, 2018

Image: Mountain top pond in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 70 mm, f/13, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, hand-held.

We then went alongside the opposite bank of the lake described above and I was able to capture the lake and the glacier in one image.

Flower Valley Mountain 8876 August 20, 2018

Image: Mountain top lake in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 42 mm, f/16, 1/160 sec, ISO 400, hand-held.

Just before we headed back down the mountain to return to Flower Valley, I turned around for a last shot of this beautiful lake and scene.  It will be forever seared into my memory.

Flower Valley Mountain 8885 August 20, 2018

Image: Mountain top lake in South Greenland. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 24 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, hand-held.

To see these images individually and more that were not included here, please visit my gallery here: Amy’s Impressions

Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny is a physical therapist, marathon/ultra runner and nature photographer. She treats patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in chronic pain and calming an overactive nervous system using special diaphragmatic breathing. She has used this technique to help her qualify and run in four Boston marathons! She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running and hiking on trails in throughout Arizona. She attempts to capture the beauty of nature with her photography both locally in Arizona and also throughout the United States. She is becoming more interested in wildlife photography and attempting to capture the emotion of animal interactions. In her spare time, Amy volunteers as a photo guide for the Arizona Highways PhotoScapes nonprofit and shares her joy of nature with others. Please feel free to contact her regarding her photography, physical therapy or running.

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