Stunning Photos Give Unique Perspective of Greenland’s Icebergs Underwater

Iceberg Underwater by Tobias Friedrich

Inspired as a child by the adventures of Jacques Cousteau, German photographer Tobias Friedrich feels right at home underwater. Since 2007 he's been photographing his adventures, making a name for himself as a top underwater photographer. Moving from tropical locations to the arctic, Friedrich has seen it all but nothing quite prepared him for the sight of an iceberg from below.

During a trip to Greenland, Friedrich took the time to get an up-close and personal view of these icy mammoths. With a diver next to the iceberg for scale, it's possible to appreciate their incredible size. Friedrich's photographs also present an opportunity to survey the various shapes, sizes, and textures of the icebergs. While some are relatively smooth underneath, most show signs of the break from the glacier and mottled pocks as the ice is slowly melted away into the water.

Floating in the blue water, these icebergs emit a sense of quiet power. And with just a fraction of their mass visible from above, the true beauty of these giants only becomes evident when one looks below. For Friedrich, the view was surprising as well. “The most unexpected part was the iceberg itself,” he shared with My Modern Met. “We dived on several icebergs in Greenland and drilled a hole next to it, but we never knew how it looked from the downside until we actually got into the water and down to the iceberg.”

The underwater photographer hopes that these powerful images will help raise awareness about the effects of global warming. As a frequent visitor to Greeland, Friedrich has first-hand knowledge of its impact, as it's causing the country's ice to melt earlier with each passing year.

Underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich took a unique look at the underside of Greenland's icebergs.

Split Shot of Iceberg Over and Under Water

Diver Swimming Next to Iceberg in Greenland

Diver Shines Light on Iceberg Underwater

Small Lion's mane jellyfish, Cyanea capillata, with a diver in the background

Underwater Photo of Iceberg by Tobias Friedrich

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Tobias Friedrich.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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