Greenland is an ideal place for adventure-seekers. Second in size only to Australia and sitting as Iceland’s much bigger neighbor, Greenland hosts a wealth of wonder within its borders. The massive landscape has a lot of ground to cover and offers an array of experiences for the adventurous.
One of nature’s rawest landscapes will make yours back home feel distant and vastly different. Spend the night in a cottage facing the icefjords. Bounce and zip across a blanket of white on a snowmobile. From above in a helicopter the mountainous landscape is just as breathtaking, dotted with charming fishing huts. Watch the vivid Northern Lights blaze across the sky in fluorescent green as you circumnavigate the coast. Giant icecaps dwarf everything nearby.
In the warmer months, the scene is vibrant around Nuuk—the capital of Greenland and its largest city. Nearby waterfalls tumble toward weathered rocks. Valleys of green unfold as far as the eye can see.
On the coast, glide through the ice fjords by kayak or take flight above the Isua Glacier, spotting spouting whales down below. Keep your camera ready to catch a glimpse of other sea life, including seals. Discover ancient settlements dating back more than 4,500 years as you hike through the UNESCO-listed Sermermiut Valley.
Life in Greenland may seem difficult and isolated—even in modern times. Chat with the locals over coffee and cakes and you will encounter quite the opposite opinion. The country is the world’s least densely populated but its communities are overflowing with warm welcomes. Visiting local homes for social events is a Greenlandic tradition called Kaffemik. It’s a fascinating opportunity to hear about everyday life on the edge of the world. Outside you will see sled dogs, their thick, silky fur creating a barrier between them and the frigid cold.
When you need a break, settle in for a cool Arctic sauna experience. Decadent oils enhance the heat and steam of the sauna. In between the treatments, you are encouraged to go outside to roll around in the snow before heading back inside to warm up in the sauna again.
Within the Arctic Circle, discover the colorful little town of Ilulissat. A rainbow of red, blue, and green houses are a distinct contrast to the translucent ice and snow’s bright white. In the winter months, the only sound you will hear are the dog’s howls and the thick silence of this snowy terrain.