Denmark and Greenland... Remarkable landscapes
Greenland may seem a long way from Denmark, but the vast nation is in fact an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Separated by nearly 3,000 miles, the two have more in common than you may think – primarily stunning unspoilt landscapes.
The scenery of Denmark comes in many different forms, from pristine coastline and attractive beaches to rolling countryside and thick forests. While many people stick to the bustling capital Copenhagen, those who venture off the well-trodden path will be rewarded with beauty that only nature can provide.
Roughly translated as The Branch, Grenen is the most northerly point in Denmark and the site where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet. Standing on this spit of sand, it is possible to witness waves from the separate bodies of water coming together and breaking across the Skaw Reef with dramatic effect. Flanked by dunes, Grenen is a particularly scenic spot and one from which it is often possible to watch seals basking nearby.
Located in the shallow waters of Limfjord on the Jutland Peninsula, Fur Island is a unique geological site, with diverse landscapes, including stunning cliffs and undulating hills. In the exposed rock formations it is possible to see a history of the area, with ancient seabeds, fish, insect, reptile and plant fossils all visible to the naked eye.
Some of the most incredible views in the whole of Denmark can be had in Søhøjlandet, otherwise known as the Lake Highlands. This area in Mid Jutland is characterised by some of the biggest forests in the entire country, interspersed with lakes and moors. The large Gudenåen River also winds its way through this part of Denmark, connecting the lakes and offering a natural route for walkers and cyclists to follow.
Also called the Wadden Sea National Park, Vadehat is a fantastic place to get away from it all and truly convene with nature, as the 30 separate islands make it easy to escape modern day life. You are more likely to see waterfowl than people, as the area provides some of the most important habitats for these birds anywhere in the world. A phenomenon known as the Black Sun can also be witnessed, as tens of thousands of starlings take to the sky at once, creating stunning organic patterns.
Around 80 per cent of the surface of Greenland is taken up by the huge ice sheet of the same name. It stretches for 660,000 square miles, making it the second biggest body of ice in the world and offering stunning views to those who wish to explore it.
This immense fjord is located in the south of the country, which is actually greener than the rest of the nation. It stretches for 99.4 miles into the Labrador Sea and was once known as Gilbert Sound. This beautiful waterway is relatively accessible as its head lies close to Greenland's capital Nuuk. The most impressive sights can be had at the points where the ice sheet melts and flows into the waters of the fjord.
Ilulissat ice fjord
Witnessing bergs being calved off the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier at the Ilulissat ice fjord it is not difficult to see why this natural phenomenon has been recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. This is the point where the most active glacier in the world meets the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq moves 19 metres a day and 35 cubic kilometres of ice is calved from it each year. The unmistakable creak of the ice coming away is an experience never to be forgotten, as huge bergs join the fast-moving glacial stream.
Northeast Greenland National Park
This national park holds a number of titles, such as the biggest in the world, most northerly and only national park in the whole of Greenland. What makes this landscape so special is that it is relatively untouched, complete with mountains that have never been climbed and areas that remain unexplored. The majority of the park is encompassed by the Greenland ice sheet, although some of the coastal areas are surprisingly green.