Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

Albert Einstein once proclaimed “look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."

Personally, I reckon that proverb could probably read better. You could take out the word ‘then’ and it’d flow a little nice for example. But then again, Albert Einstein did develop the general theory of relativity and half of modern physics, while I recently almost fell over while trying to kick down a suspiciously weighty traffic cone.

Now, what you can take away from my pickle with the cone is that what goes around comes back around, particularly after a handful of beers. And as for old Albert’s quote above, well; it’s pretty much what it says on the tin. Nature often has a lot of answers we don’t, and even without a microscope it’s one hell of an eye-opener.

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

Ilulissat morning

No story embodies both of these morals quite like that of the Icefjord Centre currently being built at the Illulissat Icefjord in Greeland. Effectively, the country is building the perfect place to watch the Earth die.

We’re talking about global warming and climate change of course.

Illulissat Icefjord is the UNESCO-protected “sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq" – one of very few glaciers through which the Greenland’s ice-cap reaches the sea.

To give a quick bit of background, a ‘fjord’ is a long, narrow inlet with steep cliffs created by erosion. So as you can imagine, an ‘icefjord’ is quite a spectacular sight.

250km north of the Arctic Cirlce and over 250,000 years old, Illulissat Icefjord has become known as “climate change ground zero" due to its fast movement and the stunning sights you can see at the heritage site.

You can visit and watch icebergs fall off the glacier before your eyes. The glacier produces 10 percent of all icebergs in Greenland, and often icebergs that break from the glacier are so large, up to a kilometre high, that they stick in the shallows of the fjord for years before being broken by the weight of the icebergs that have come down after.

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

The Icefjord Centre will provide a platform for which to allow you to watch exactly that; and a centre to continue the already vast amounts of scientific work conducted in the area.

The wooden structure has been designed to provide a permanent outpost for the scientific study of the glacier, while also providing panoramic views over the landscape around for visitors and residents alike. It should be one of the most uniquely encapsulating views in the world.

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

Illulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

You could stand on the roof of the subdued building and watch the changing of the landscape around you; what some would call the beginning of the end of the world – and it’d probably be for the good of the planet to get a few politicians out there to do exactly that.

If you’re heading over to Greenland this year you’re out of luck though, as the building won’t be opening until 2020. Let's hope we've not all become victims of climate change, or cones with a vicious kickback, by the time it arrives.

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