Pushing through the sea ice on the way to the icebergs of Disko Bay
TEXT AND PHOTOS: Benjamin Hardman

Winter above the Arctic Circle

Following winter solstice, the return of the sun is a cherished sight in Ilulissat.

Situated 350 km (217 miles) north of the Arctic Circle in the West of Greenland, at the edge of the north’s largest ice cap, visitors to this beautiful town and its surrounding wilderness areas in the winter will be dazzled by the frozen ice fjord oasis known as Disko Bay.

The biggest opening in the East for 2019, Vok Baths. Photo: Vok Baths.
The biggest opening in the East for 2019, Vok Baths. Photo: Vok Baths.
Everyone’s new favourite canyon, basaltlined Studlagil. Photo: Shutterstock.

Adventures in the East

East Iceland may be a long way from the capital, but that’s a large part of its charm. Check out what’s new and noteworthy in the region.

I’m a big cheerleader for East Iceland, my favourite part of the country. It sometimes gets overlooked, especially by Ring Road tourists speeding through the region on their way between the southeast’s glacial wonders and Myvatn’s geothermal action.

Connecting the North