Greenland is the world’s largest island and the country with the lowest population density in the world. It is a rough, mountainous, cold land with a massive sheet of ice everywhere. Iceland in its Southeast to the West and Svalbard in Norway to the Northeast, are closest neighbours of Greenland. Despite all tis, Greenland is a great holiday destination for people from all over the World.
Tourism is a relatively new phenomenon in Greenland. To the extent that if you tell someone you are going to Greenland for a holiday, you might get a stare. Having said that, it is also important to note that at present the tourism in Greenland is on an upswing. Travellers have started to have holidays in Greenland during the summer vacations and during the Christmas holidays – the two most preferred time slots.
Greenland is seen more as an adventure holiday destination, and attracts a lot of adrenalin junkies.
Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to access to Greenland but now the scenario has changed and many of adventure enthusiastic tourists visit Greenland every year.
You need to keep in your mind that Greenland is not your usual family holiday destinations. It is not for faint-hearted travellers, and definitely not for those who don’t like adventure. Don’t you go ahead and book a holiday package for Greenland if you don’t love adventure.
How to reach Greenland
Greenland is a place, which plays pretty hard to get. I am not joking. It is not easy to reach Greenland. Flights are limited, weather is unpredictable and due to unpredictable weather, these limited flights get cancelled pretty often. Therefore, planning a trip to Greenland takes lots of time.
Commercial airlines are the best way to reach Greenland. Of course you can take a cruise ship, but it takes time, and is known to be not so comfortable. Air Iceland operates regular flights from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Kulusuk in Greenland and the Capital Nuuk in West Greenland. Air Iceland also operates seasonal flights to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. Air Greenland operates regular flights Copenhagen to the international airport in Kangerlussuaq.
How to get around in Greenland
Greenland is a rugged place and there are not many roads between towns except for few places and sheep farms in South Greenland. Once you reached Greenland, there are only three ways to get around in this island and they are: boats, helicopters and planes.
Best time to visit Greenland
Seasons are diverse in Greenland. Each season has its own charm and attraction. Summer is the season of Midnight Sun and so there are numerous things to experience in Greenland. Floating icebergs, whales swimming along with you, beautiful flowers around you, and many more things you can experience in summers in Greenland. Summer is also the great time for hunting and hiking.
Winters are little tough in Greenland when you see ice everywhere and it appears as if Greenland covers itself in a white blanket. Winters are long in Greenland and they last for eight months. This is the season of dog sledding and ski trips. You can witness mesmerizing northern lights, and millions and millions of stars in clear winter skies of Greenland.
Therefore, it’s completely up to you what you want to see in Greenland. Plan your trip accordingly.
Greenland adventures you can indulge in
Greenland is playground for the brave hearts, so please do your reading up before you book any holiday package for Greenland. For now, check out the must see and must do things in Greenland –
#1 Midnight sun in Greenland
It may sound bizarre but it is reality in Greenland – midnight sun exists. You can experience the midnight sun phenomenon in north of the Arctic Circle where in summer the days are endless and where sun never hides. When you will be in Greenland, while witnessing never-ending days, something inside will change within you. From that day, you will start looking at life from completely different perspective.
#2 Mountaineering in Greenland
One of the most adventurous things to do in Greenland is mountaineering. If you want to get a fair idea of how this planet earth was before civilization happened, you must go for mountaineering in Greenland. There are many destinations for climbing and mountaineering in Greenland, few of them are as follows
1. Stauning Alps, Greenland– Located in the North Greenland National Park, it is a perfect place for climbing and mountaineering and you need have an expedition permit to access this area.
2. Cape Farewell / Tasermiut Fjord, Greenland- Located in South Greenland, it is a perfect place for climbing if you want good granite rock. It is one of the most popular climbing areas in Greenland, easily accessible from Europe in one day.
3. Schweizer Land, Greenland- It is a permit free popular climbing area of Greenland, which is located very near to international airport in Kulusuk.
4. Watkins Range, Greenland- Located behind the Blosseville coast, this area has the highest mountains in Greenland. It is one of the most visited mountains areas in Greenland.
#3 River Fishing in Greenland
River fishing is a fun thing to do in summers of Greenland. So if you plan to book a Greenland holiday package during summer vacations, don’t miss out on river fishing. When the arctic char migrate up the rivers in huge numbers to reproduce, it is the best time to trap them in fishhooks. River fishing in Greenland is a little different from other place in the world. The wilderness around as you sit down to finish gives it an adventurous touch. There are many rivers in Greenland where you can find arctic char for fishing.
#4 Arctic wildlife in Greenland
Greenland is the home of Polar Bears, Musk Oxen, Arctic Foxes, Hare, Eagles, Caribou, Lemmings, Ptarmigan, and the rare Arctic Wolf. Depending on if you are going to Greenland in winter or in summer, you will come across many of them during your trip. The waters of Greenland also have quite a lot to show off what with Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Fin Whales, Greenland Whales and many species of Seal ruling the Greenland waters.
#5 Dog Sledding in Greenland
Dog sledding is still common in Greenland. You too can experience it in winters when mercury takes a huge dip and there is ice everywhere. Dog sledding is without any doubt an adventurous way to get close to Arctic nature. Dogsledding is a way of life in Greenland. It has been a mode of transportation for more than 5000 years. It is not as easy as it sounds or look. One wrong turn and you may lose your life.
#6 Trophy hunting in Greenland
Trophy hunting in Greenland is quite popular, mostly in winters. Hunting is not an easy task but in Greenland, it becomes tougher. You need to be very patience to hunt in Greenland. If you plan to book a winter vacation package in Greenland, request your tour operator for an exclusive day of hunting.
#7 Diving in Greenland
Diving in Arctic demands more than just diving skills. It demands pinnacle of will power and ultimate fearlessness. If cold water diving is your thing then you must experience it in Greenland. It is one of the most adventurous things to do in Greenland.
#8 Northern lights
Northern lights are equally impressive as Midnight Sun in Greenland. You can see Northern lights all around the year but only in clear, dark sky.
#9 Hot Springs in Greenland
Many of the areas in Greenland have hot natural springs, which you must experience on your trip to Greenland. Some of them are also known to have medicinal properties.
#10 Flight seeing in Greenland
Looking from the above, Greenland looks unbelievably enormous and huge. So if you want to see the scale of Greenland – unexploited and true to nature, do opt for Flight Seeing.
#11 Whale Watching in Greenland
Greenland is home to several species of whales, and it would be a pity if you didn’t witness them. You can watch them from the safety of the shore or you can take a boat or ship and be amongst them.
#12 Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland
It is one of the most magnificent sites in Greenland. You will never forget those huge ice sculptures in your entire life.
#13 Icebergs in Greenland
Holidaying in Greenland can’t be complete without witnessing icebergs, so please include it in your itinerary.
A holiday in Greenland is usually combined with a holiday in Iceland. Of course you can decide to have a winter or a summer holiday in Greenland alone. We suggest you don’t wait for long. If you can’t make it to Greenland in 2016, definitely plan either a summer or a winter vacation (during Christmas) in the year 2017.