Broad-leaved Fireweed

One of the major differences between Spitsbergen and Greenland is the amount of vegetation. Well, the comparison isn’t really fair as Spitsbergen is around 78ºN, while the part of Greenland that I visited was around 70ºN (the same latitude as the northern parts of Scandinavia). Most of the flowers that we see are the same as the ones on Spitsbergen, but just a lot bigger. The “trees” grow a lot bigger and also the other plants grow taller. Some of the plants are new, like this Broad-leaved Fireweed. Its bright pink flowers give a nice colour to the tundra, together with the orange and reds of the willows and birches that already had their autumn colours.


Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • This plant is very common here in the Western USA, but as you noted, it grows much taller. Truly enjoying your photos of wildlife from your area.


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