Winter holidays in Greenland are amazing, so do all the research you want as soon as possible, finalize your winter holiday package to greenland, and get going right away.
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 neighbors of Greenland. Despite all this, Greenland is a great holiday destination for people from all over the World – both in winter and in summer.
Winter in Greenland is seen more as an adventure holiday destination, and attracts a lot of adrenalin junkies as well. Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to access to Greenland in winter but now the scenario has changed and many of adventure enthusiastic tourists visit Greenland during winter every year. If winter is your best time, or if adventure is your preferred type of holiday just go ahead and book your winter holiday package for Greenland.
You need to keep in mind that a winter holiday Greenland is not your usual family holiday destinations. It is not for faint-hearted travelers, and not for those who don’t like adventure. Don’t you book a winter holiday package for Greenland if you don’t love tough adventure. If you feel winter will be too harsh for you, you can always plan the best summer adventure holiday package for Greenland.
How to reach Greenland
Greenland is a place, which plays hard to get. I am not joking. It is not easy to reach Greenland, especially in winter. Flights are limited, winter weather is unpredictable and due to unpredictable weather, these limited flights get cancelled often. Therefore, planning a trip to Greenland in winter takes lots of time. Commercial airlines are the best way to reach Greenland. You can take a cruise ship as well, 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. And in winter even these roads can get messy. Once you have 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. Winter is the best time to be in Greenland for there are numerous things to experience in the cold winters of Greenland. But be aware, 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. Never be forced to book a winter holiday package in Greenland if harsh winter isn’t your thing. Take a look at the local travel agencies in Greenland who can offer you the best winter holiday packages.
Tips to plan the best winter holiday package for Greenland
Don’t forget that Greenland in winter is a playground for the brave hearts, so please do your reading up before you book any winter holiday package for Greenland. For now, check out the list of items you must include in your holiday package –
#1 Northern lights
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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. If you are keen on Northern lights, please check the weather before planning your holiday. You don’t have to wait up till the Northern lights are visible on the winter sky. The hotels wake you up when the Northern lights strike, so do inform them in advance.
#2 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.
#3 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, and ask for it to be included in your winter vacation package.
#4 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. Do make sure this item is included in your holiday package.
#5 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. Winter is a great time to experience the hot springs, so do ask your tour operator to include a visit in your winter holiday package for Greenland.
#6 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. This comes at a cost, so negotiate well with your tour operator and check the prices before including it in your vacation package.
#7 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. If you love whale watching, do get it included in your winter package.
#8 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. Most tour operators in Greenland will include a visit to Ilulissat Icefjord in your winter holiday package, so you don’t have to worry much.
#9 Icebergs in Greenland
Holidaying in Greenland can’t be complete without witnessing icebergs, so please include it in your itinerary. In summer, these melt and float around. This also mostly gets included in your vacation package.
#10 Snowmobiling in Greenland
Snowmobile are in every house in Greenland and gets taken out during winter. It is a popular mode of transport for the locals and some people even go to work on a snow mobile. Many even use it for farming, hunting in the mountains or on the ocean ice. Of course, while you are in Greenland on your winter holiday you can also have a slice of this fun. A few destinations in Greenland are best for snowmobiling – Sisimiut for instance.
#11 Ski Touring in Greenland
Ski touring means climbing up a high mountain which are covered with ice during winters and skiing down. There are no ski lifts or snowmobiles or helicopters to take you up the mountain, just your guide and your muscles. You have to bring all your ski touring equipment with you, so do check with your tour operator if the equipment also comes as part of your winter holiday package for Greenland which you intend to book with him or her.
#12 Helisking in Greenland
The only difference between Helisking and Ski touring is that in the former you take a helicopter to reach the top. This means helisking includes the cost of the helicopter and hence is a bit costly. Do know the price and negotiate well with your tour operator before including Helisking in your winter holiday package to Greenland.
#13 Coastal Ferry in Greenland
Sarfaq Ittuk is the only coastal ferry in Greenland. Take the coastal ferry if you want to get a wholistic view of the grandeur of Greenland in winter and if you want a chance to understand Greenland’s culture. This ferry sails between Qaqortoq (South Greenland) and Ilulissat (North Greenland) from April 1 till early days of January. The full route takes four nights northbound and three nights southbound.
#14 Arctic Wildlife in Greenland
If you are travelling to Greenland in winter this is one activity you must indulge in, so do include it in your vacation package. Some of the wildlife you will see are: Polar bears, caribou, ptarmigan, lemmings, arctic foxes, hares, musk oxen, eagles, and the rare Arctic wolf are all part of the terrestrial fauna of Greenland.
Snowshoeing is winter hiking with snow shoes on. Walking like the ancestors did back in the days when there were no snow mobiles or helicopters etc. It is fun but it is slow and it is tiring. If you are in for hard work, include this in your winter holiday package for Greenland.
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