Svalbard, Norway

Fuglefjorden glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. The rising sun lights softly the tips of the mountains in a beautiful orange color. Terrific colorful clouds float in the Arctic sky, which let the blue sky shine through beautifully.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Exposure time: 1/320s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 17mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4985 by 2804 pixels (WxH).

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Fuglefjorden glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. The impressive sunrise sun illuminates the tips of the mountains into a soft orange light. Beautiful clouds float in the Arctic sky, which lets the blue shine through. In the foreground, you see the reflection of the colorful sky between the pack-ice on the water surface.

Fuglefjorden glacier is in Spitsbergen, Norway. When a glacier retreats and carves a U-shape valley in the landscape, it creates a fjord. That takes many years, of course. It is resulting in the sea filling the valley floor. We describe it as a deep valley, usually narrow and steep-sided, extended below sea level, and naturally filled with seawater.

Some interesting facts about glaciers:

  • To be classified as a glacier, it has to be 0.1 square kilometers. Nearly the size of 19 football fields.
  • The biggest glacier in the world is 96 kilometers / 60 miles wide and 435 kilometers / 270 miles long.
  • Indeed, they contain about 69% of the world’s freshwater supply.
  • A glacier can move over 15 meters / 50 feet per day.
  • During the last Ice Age, they covered 1/3 of the Earth’s surface.
  • Unlike other colors, blue light can penetrate snow and ice, thus giving them a blue appearance.
  • Occasionally they can form over active volcanoes.

Incredibly, if every glacier and ice sheet on earth melted, the seas levels would rise by over a whopping 79 meters/ 260 feet. We estimate that Alaska has over 100,000 glaciers.

Please explore more like this photo of the Fuglefjorden glacier in Svalbard. Discover our Arctic circle photographs.

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