Glacier Calving | 15 Amazing Collapses, Tsunami Waves and Icebergs

Licet Studios

Aug 8, 2020

Compilation of our most spectacular glacier calving and iceberg collapse videos! Huge chunks of ice (sometimes measuring more than 100 meters / 300 ft. in height over the water surface and hundreds of meters below) breaking off the glaciers and falling into the oceans can create tsunami-like waves, cause big icebergs to flip over or “shoot up”. Glaciers and icebergs are melting in Greenland, Alaska, Argentina, Antarctica and all around the world – creating incredible spectacles for those lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. More than 15 of these breathtaking glacier calving events are included in this montage. Of course all clips included are left with their original audio tracks; without music being added, you can listen to the cracking and melting of these ice giants.

Glacier calving, also known as ice calving, or iceberg calving, is the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier. It is the sudden release and breaking away of a mass of ice from a glacier, iceberg, ice front, ice shelf, or crevasse. The ice that breaks away can be classified as an iceberg, but may also be a growler, bergy bit, or a crevasse wall breakaway. The entry of the ice into the water causes large, and often hazardous waves. The waves formed in locations like Johns Hopkins Glacier can be so large that boats cannot approach closer than 3 kilometres. These events have become major tourist attractions. Many glaciers terminate at oceans or freshwater lakes which results naturally with the calving of large numbers of icebergs. Calving of Greenland’s glaciers produce 12,000 to 15,000 icebergs each year alone (Find out more here:…).

Greenland is home to the only permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica. The sheet covers 3/4 of Greenland’s land mass. But in the last 25 years, the Greenland Ice Sheet is rapidly melting, having lost 3.8 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2018, a new study from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) finds. The melting ice has added 11 mm / 0.4 inches to sea level rise. Its cumulative 3.8 trillion tons of melted ice is equivalent to adding the water from 120 million Olympic-size swimming pools to the ocean every year (Find out more here:…).

The ice field of the Glacier Perito Moreno is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. In the right time of the year big blocks of ice break off the glacier and drop into the water. The waves created by such glacier calving events often splash dozens of meters through the air. The glacier is one of Argentina’s most beautiful natural wonders, the colors and shapes of the ice remind of a piece of art of Gaudi. The glacier itself is about 5 km (3.1 mi) wide and has an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water.


0:00 Intro
0:09 Collapse Creates Tsunami-like Wave Location: Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
1:54 Glacier Calving & Tsunami Wave – Part 2 Location: Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
3:50 Stunning Glacier Wall Calving | Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
4:44 Giant +70M Iceberg BREAKING OFF Glacier | Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
5:12 Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
5:24 Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
5:55 Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
6:17 Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
6:40 Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
6:44 Iceberg Flipping Over 1 Location: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
7:21 Iceberg Flipping Over 2 Location: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
7:46 Massive Iceberg Breaking Off Glacier Location: Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Norway
8:20 Close Calving Location: Lilliehöökbreen, Spitsbergen, Norway
8:40 Massive Glacier Calving Location: Margerie Glacier, Alaska (USA)
9:45 ‘Shooter Up’ Breaks Apart Spectacularly Location: Antarctica
10:41 Rolling Iceberg Creates Tsunami-like Wave Location: Ilulissat, Greenland
13:37 End Credits – A special thanks to all authors and clip owners who contributed their stunning clips to this montage: Baake, B. | Despeysse, J.-M. | David, J.-C. | Ieder, F. | Radetzki, Y | Wasilewska, O. | Gauffin, V. | Vamos Spanish Academy | Bußmann, B. | Winkhart, J. | Samaha, G. | Boreen, S. | Price, M. | Buts, S. | Bjerregaard, E.

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