In the northern hemisphere, only two hours by plane from Iceland, there’s a country where time seems to stand still. In Greenland everything is quite: no noise from engines or horns, no crowds in overpopulated streets. When you travel to Greenland you’ll find that everything seem to be frozen. Once summer comes, the climate offers days of endless sunshine. You might lose your bearings: you’ll be struck by the contrast of enormous glaciers alongside small fishermen’s houses. The perfect whiteness, shimmering and glacial, could hurt the eyes because of its dazzling glare. Far off you might hear some barking: it’s the huskies setting off for a new journey. Greenland is definitely a country of extraordinary nature, a country where the glacial climate warms the heart of its inhabitants. A country, quite simply, to discover.
For the adventurous travellers of the world, Greenland is the perfect destination. Whether you’re snowmobiling, dog-sledging or walking along Greenland’s icecap, you will never be bored. As if this wasn’t enough, your nights will be filled with a view of the incredible Northern Lights, perhaps over traditional Greenlandic seafood, or from the comfort of a geothermal spring, the choice is yours...
Going to Greenland with a local travel agent is like getting a personal invitation. Come visit us and we will proudly show you our country and let you in on our lifetime of local experience and insights. With a local travel agent, you get to feel a real sense of the country that a normal trip would never give you. Not only can we show you all the hidden gems and well-kept secrets that Greenland can offer you as a visitor, we can make sure that you get to see these on your own personalised schedule and route. Explore, hike, ski, trek, fish, eat, relax under the northern lights and fall in love with Greenland.
Greenland has something to offer no matter the time of year, this simply depends on your own preferences for your trip and what you want from your time in Greenland. For an authentic experience of Greenland’s winter, February to May is the best season to visit. You’ll be able to enjoy the snow-covered views from the highest point of a snowshoe hike or enjoy skiing without the overpopulated slopes of destinations like the alps, for instance. We recommend visiting from February to April if it’s great skiing conditions that you’re after! For the summer months and all that they have to offer; June through September are perfect. The southern part of the island is free from ice during these months and so you’ll benefit from a more temperate climate.
The most unique experiences when visiting Greenland would have to be the overnight stays in remote locations. There are so many options but staying in a hut next to a glacier at Eqi or in Qooqqut Nuan; a mountain cabin-restaurant located one hour away by boat from Nuuk. If even these aren’t far enough off the beaten track for you, you could go on a two or three-day dog sled tour. You will stay in small huts of tents along the way and you’ll get to experience life removed from civilisation. A two-day hike on the Greenland Ice Cap would also fulfil all of your nomadic ambitions.
Greenland is perhaps most famous for its Ice. Its vast glaciers, giant icebergs and the well-known great Greenland Ice Cap. Ice is a part of everyday life in Greenland and it is present almost everywhere, on our mountain tops, in the small and large glaciers scattered over the country or in the form of icebergs in the fjords. During the summer months, however, Greenland undergoes a drastic change and the fjords become warm, dry and green. Temperatures around 20 degrees are common and the temperatures today, since they have risen slightly, are exactly as they were when Viking settlers from Iceland inhabited the large fjord systems around the year 986!
Sea mammals can be seen everywhere with seals and whales visible all along the coast. Whale safaris are offered in many towns and are a great way to learn more about the country’s majestic sea-life. On land, there are caribou (reindeer), muskox (the largest common land-animal) and of course, in the North, there are polar bears. When hiking you often meet the large, white Greenlandic hare which is always a beautiful sight.
Each area in Greenland has its own unique hiking trails. For a trip specifically for hiking, Southern Greenland is by far the best place to go. Here, it is possible to hike from sheep farm to sheep farm and stay in hostels along the way. It is easy hiking and along several routes, your luggage can be transported in a car by the sheep holders and delivered to you at your next stop-off point. Who wouldn’t want to see the natural beauty of the country, without having to worry about carrying their luggage the whole way!
Greenland is an enormous island and yet it has just 56.000 inhabitants. From almost anywhere, you can walk for just 5 minutes and be totally on your own if you want to; something which you don’t often find in today’s world. Even just a few minutes from the capital city of Nuuk (17.000 inhabitants) or on hikes in the outskirts of the town you quickly begin to feel the bond to Greenlandic nature that its people experience every day. Much of the country has no roads, no houses, no agriculture – simply unspoilt nature as it has been for thousands of years.
For a family, a tour to a remote place for one or two days is a fantastic experience. Spending time together, close with nature and with each other, this is something you and your family will never forget. Hiking around the small towns can also offer a great day out with children and boat tours are also a must. Children will love seeing the wildlife of Greenland while onboard and will never forget an up-close encounter with the whales that attract visitors from far and wide. There is so much to see and do and doing it together as a family is the best way to experience it all.
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