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Arctic Wilderness In The Eyes Of Sirius Sled Patrol Member

  • After the long Arctic winter, it's incredible to see the sun
  • Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) during a blizzard
  • Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in front of a full moon
  • Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in Thule, Greenland
  • Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on an iceberg in Greenland
  • Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on her way home to the den where her pups are waiting
  • Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), Greenland
  • Arctic hare battle
  • Arctic ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in northeast Greenland
  • During the mating season, this play is a common behaviour and is very exciting to observe
  • Evening landscape over the sea ice in northeast Greenland
  • Muskox in northeast Greenland
  • Northern lights over northeastern Greenland
  • Photographer Morten Hilmer and the Sirius Sled Patrol in Greenland
  • Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) Queen of the Arctic in northeast Greenland
  • Polar bear sliding down an iceberg on the northern coast of Greenland
  • Sirius Sled Patrol resting
  • Sirius Sled Patrol under the northern lights
  • So strange that the sun doesnt rise for two months
  • Someone is watching you
  • Surprised by a blizzard we had to stop and raise the tent and just wait until the wind would calm down
  • The four-legged members of the Sirius Sled Patrol
  • The Sirius Sled Patrol
  • We dont go this way.
  • The Sirius Sled Patrol in Greenland

Slædepatruljen Sirius (Sirius Sled Patrol) or informally Siriuspatruljen (Sirius Patrol) is a unique elite Danish navy unit that conducts long-range reconnaissance patrolling. The patrol enforces Danish sovereignty in the Arctic wilderness of Northern and Eastern Greenland, an area that includes the largest national park in the world.. Patrolling is usually done in pairs, sometimes for four months and often without additional human contact.

Wildlife photographer Morten Hilmer was a member of Sirius Sled Patrol. He spent two years and two months with the patrol taking amazing photographs of the northern wilderness. The two-man dog teams have a rotating roster with one member who has been there a year and another joining for the first time. Take an inside look at Morten Hilmer’s dog sled patrol in one of the most isolated and beautiful corners of Earth.

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: BBC)

1. Photographer Morten Hilmer and the Sirius Sled Patrol (Slædepatruljen Sirius) in Greenland.

Photographer Morten Hilmer and the Sirius Sled Patrol in Greenland dog sled patrol

2. The four-legged members of the Sirius Sled Patrol.

The four-legged members of the Sirius Sled Patrol

3. “Surprised by a blizzard we had to stop and raise the tent and just wait until the wind would calm down.”

Surprised by a blizzard we had to stop and raise the tent and just wait until the wind would calm down

4. Arctic hare battle.

Arctic hare battle

5. The Sirius Sled Patrol (Slædepatruljen Sirius) in Greenland.

The Sirius Sled Patrol in Greenland

6. “Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on her way home to the den where her pups are waiting.”

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on her way home to the den where her pups are waiting

7. Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) “Queen of the Arctic” in northeast Greenland.

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) Queen of the Arctic in northeast Greenland

8. Polar bear sliding down an iceberg on the northern coast of Greenland.

Polar bear sliding down an iceberg on the northern coast of Greenland

9. Sirius Sled Patrol under the northern lights.

Sirius Sled Patrol under the northern lights

10. After the long Arctic winter, it’s incredible to see the sun.

After the long Arctic winter, it's incredible to see the sun

11. Morten Hilmer and his dog sled patrol.

Sirius Sled Patrol resting

12. Muskox in northeast Greenland.

Muskox in northeast Greenland

13. Northern lights over northeastern Greenland.

Northern lights over northeastern Greenland

14. Someone’s watching you.

Someone is watching you

15. Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), Greenland.

Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), Greenland

16. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in Thule, Greenland. The thick fur will protect the fox from the extreme climate with temperatures as low as minus 40 Celsius.

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in Thule, Greenland

17. Evening landscape over the sea ice in northeast Greenland.

Evening landscape over the sea ice in northeast Greenland

18. Arctic ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in northeast Greenland.

Arctic ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in northeast Greenland

19. “I stayed for more than two months to photograph this beautiful country during the dark season. So strange that the sun doesn’t rise for two months.”

So strange that the sun doesnt rise for two months

20. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in front of a full moon.

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in front of a full moon

21. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on an iceberg in Greenland.

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on an iceberg in Greenland

22. “During the mating season, this play is a common behaviour and is very exciting to observe.”

During the mating season, this play is a common behaviour and is very exciting to observe

23. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) during a blizzard.

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) during a blizzard

24. We don’t go this way.

We dont go this way.

25. The Sirius Sled Patrol.

The Sirius Sled Patrol

Share your thoughts about the dog sled patrol and take a look at Polar Day – When The Sun Doesn’t Set.

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