Ice & Silence: Part II

Ice & Silence: Part II

Iona Wallis
October 2017 | Read

Jöttnar photo blog   

- Scoresby Sund, Greenland - 


In the second edition of this two-part photo blog, sailor and photographer Iona Wallis documents a schooner expedition up the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresby Sund in East Greenland. One of the richest landscapes on Earth for climbers and explorers, it is named after scientist and clergyman William Scoresby, who first mapped the area in 1822. 


The distinctive flat-topped mountain known as The Pulpit emerges from a cloud inversion


Icebergs adrift in frost-smoke off Storø


The icecap of Milne Land rises out of low cloud


An impressive arched iceberg off the Bear Islands


 Mountains on the eastern shore of Rypefjord


Schooner Opal sails past the huge and majestic Caledonide cliffs (circa 1700m) of Øfjord, where the wind generally blows from the west


The Greenland flag flies from the rigging of topsail schooner Opal




The magnificent granite spire of Grundtvigskirken (1977m)


Nunatak (an exposed rock pinnacle not subjected to glacial erosion) in the Storhamrene group


Sunrise fires up the mountains of Øfjord with an otherwordly light


A surreal reflection of a partially-arched iceberg


The wild south coast of Renland seen from the Bear Islands, with the spire of Grundtvigskirken (1977m) visible in the centre-left


Under the cinder Arctic sky, larger icebergs drift out from the inner fjords towards the open water of Hall Bredning


Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud formation near Kap Stevenson


Large icebergs in a wind-whipped sea just off Kap Brewster


"A sword age, a wind age, a wolf age"

- Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda





Iona Wallis sailed through Scoresby Sund in summer 2016 aboard topsail schooner Opal. Originally a Baltic fishing vessel built in 1951-2, the ship was converted to a blue water sailing schooner in Denmark. From her new base in Iceland with North Sailing, Opal has found a new purpose as an expedition ship in the far North Atlantic and Arctic Circle. You can find out more about her on the North Sailing website


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