16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Greenland Dogs sleeping in their snow cocoons

I was on an extreme expedition with my brother and daughter in East Greenland; where our mission was to document the natural history - with dogs-sleds as our only means of transport. We joined two locals of the village Ittoqqortoormiit on their hunting journey to Jameson Land and down the coast searching for seals. We were there for a month. This shot was our second day in the field when we were hit with a big three day long blizzard in Hurry Fjord. These three Greenland Dogs burrowed, sleeping, beneath the snow while a three day snow storm (-30 degrees Celsius) takes place. It is near the end of winter and the locals of Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland, have geared up their sleds and dogs - to go Musk ox hunting in Jameson Land.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland, Greenland
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Danie Ferreira