BSAM Rhône sails to Illulissat, the capital of icebergs

August 17, 2020 (Google Translation) – Continuing their mission in Greenland, the crew of the BSAM Rhône had the opportunity to sail in Disko Bay, east of the Baffin Sea, to encounter the most imposing icebergs in the world, which can reach 80 to 100 meters in height.

Disko Bay, located on the west coast of Greenland , truly marks the start of the Far North, the land of the midnight sun and icy fjords. It is home to the village of Illulissat, capital of icebergs (Greenland’s third largest city with its 4,670 inhabitants), and the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. The latter is 6 kilometers wide and 60 kilometers.

This fascinating navigation is confronted with reality and demand: the Sermeq Kujalled glacier, calves the largest quantity of icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere (20 billion tons per year, i.e. France’s annual water consumption) . Their draft is such that they can get stuck for several years before reaching the sea.

The Arctic Ocean, giving the impression that we have just discovered or rediscovered it, holds all the attention and vigilance of the sailors of the Rhône , who continue to increase their knowledge of polar navigation.

The Rhône is now heading towards Nuuk, where it will make a two-day logistical stopover before participating in the ARGUS search and rescue exercise ( search and rescue at sea), in this specific environment which can easily become hostile.

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