Tasiilaq – Fjord in Greenland that is a polar world of change

Tasiilaq - Fjord in Greenland that is a polar world of change

Tasiilaq – Fjord in Greenland that is a polar world of change.

Tobias Friedrich and his colleagues check their gear one last time before plunging into a world that has never been mapped and for which no navigational aids exist. The photographer’s goal is to explore the icebergs in Tasiilaq Fjord – from below. Here off the eastern coast of Greenland, the water temperature is just above zero degrees.

Friedrich knows that while white giants look calm from above, they can be unpredictable when diving. Why? Weighing thousands of tons, these giants, 90% of whose weight is below the surface of the water, are in constant motion, like a living, breathing creature. There are crunches and crackles. Sometimes fragments of several tons break off from them, which, falling down, can kill divers. Sometimes the colossi turn 180 degrees, creating giant whirlpools.

“We only dive under smaller icebergs, with larger ones the risk is simply too great,” explains Friedrich. But even these “little ones” hide whole amazing worlds. For a few minutes, adventurers sail over steep walls, through canyons, bays and small plateaus – and discover a turquoise-blue universe where no man has ever navigated before. Fortunately, the mountains are kind to them today… When Friedrich emerges, he knows he has seen something no one will see again. The anatomy of icebergs is constantly changing. What is a tunnel or a steep slope today may simply not exist tomorrow…

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