Travellers are guaranteed not to run out of things to do in Greenland, in no matter what season they visit.
The largest non-continental island in the world, Greenland is also one of the most sparsely populated, consisting of vast swaths of breath-taking wilderness mixed with a glacial coverage of around 84% of the island’s total landmass. With very few roads, transport is generally via small boat or helicopter, with flights offering the chance to glimpse the island’s stunning topography of magnificent mountain-scapes, glaciers and spectacular fjords.
Alternatively, cruise along the western coastline aboard the Sarfaq Ittuk, the only coastal ferry in Greenland. Meet local people travelling on board and watch the landscape change from green hills to steep granite peaks as you cruise under the midnight sun. It is possible to visit Greenland during the winter to go in search of the northern lights, and also in the summer when more of this remarkable and wild island becomes accessible.
Visit the world’s most isolated capital city. Nuuk was founded in 1721 by Hans Egede and has a population of 15,000 people, almost a quarter of the entire islands population.
The small village of Kulusuk, with a population of 300 people, is located on an island at the head of the Ammassalik fjord. The islanders here still practise many traditional ways of life, heavily reliant on catching seals, whales and polar bears as an important source of income for the vast majority of the families who live here.
Experience the majesty of Greenland’s mountains, fjords and glaciers from the air by helicopter, one of the only ways to travel around the island.
In the far south, the southern shore of Greenland is nicknamed the ‘banana coast’ by locals due to its easy accessibility and its green landscape in summer. There are various Viking and Norse historic remains, and sites relating to the first settlement of the island dotted around this area. Eric the Red is said to have chosen this part of the island for settlement around the village of Narsarsuaq when he first arrived on Greenland’s shores.
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