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.
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1. Photographer Morten Hilmer and the Sirius Sled Patrol (Slædepatruljen Sirius) in Greenland.
2. 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.”
4. Arctic hare battle.
5. The Sirius Sled Patrol (Slædepatruljen Sirius) in Greenland.
6. “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.
8. Polar bear sliding down an iceberg on the northern coast of Greenland.
9. Sirius Sled Patrol under the northern lights.
10. After the long Arctic winter, it’s incredible to see the sun.
11. Morten Hilmer and his dog sled patrol.
12. Muskox in northeast Greenland.
13. Northern lights over northeastern Greenland.
14. Someone’s watching you.
15. 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.
17. Evening landscape over the sea ice in northeast Greenland.
18. 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.”
20. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in front of a full moon.
21. 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.”
23. Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) during a blizzard.
24. We don’t go this way.
25. The Sirius Sled Patrol.