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Greenland is a rugged, mountainous, contrasting land where the northern lights twinkle in winter and the midnight sun shines out in summer.  The vastness of Greenland National Park with incredible ice fjords and tundras make it paradise for nature lovers. The western side of Greenland sees the coastline dotted with colourful wooden houses and during the winter months towered by giant icebergs!

 

Ilulissat & Disko Bay
The third largest town in Greenland, and the iceberg capital of the country with the incredible Ilulissat ice fjord finishing just behind the town, spilling out into Disko Bay.  Just about every part of the city has an amazing view of the majestic icebergs!

Nuuk
Greenland’s capital city which is surrounded by wilderness yet filled with a vibrant city atmosphere. Travellers are often surprised to find restaurants, micro breweries and fashion boutiques along with fabulous museums and parliament tours.

Ittoqqortoormiit
With sea ice blocking ship access for around nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the most isolated town in Greenland and getting there is often part of the adventure! Dog sledding or snow mobile trips are often a highlight here and for the more adventurous enjoy the land while camping with local guides.

Qaqortoq
Qaqortoq is South Greenlands largest town (and actually quite small) which has a mild climate allowing the growth of vegetation.  The town rises over the fjord system and offers travellers an opportunity to explore on foot, enjoy boat tours, hot springs and kayaking trips.

Prins Christiansund
A waterway in Southern Greenland which separates the mainland from the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago. It is around 100km long and in some parts only 500 meters wide making it an incredible place to travel through on ship.

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Greenland is in the high season between June and August. Temperatures won’t be warm, but it will be much less chilly than the rest of the year! Visit Greenland in summer for midnight sun and many outdoor activities including sailing on the fjords and hiking in the mountains.

Experiencing the northern lights is only possible when the sky is dark and clear, so this requires a winter trip sometime between October through March. If you’re after some classic Greenlandic dogsledding, you’ll also want to visit in winter, as it all depends on the snowfall!

Currency Danish krone

Language Greenlandic, Danish

Why we love it With stunning scenery and a plethora of untouched wilderness, Greenland truly is off the beaten track. In fact, there are virtually no roads between the towns and villages of the country. From awe-inspiring mountainscapes and glaciers to magnificent fjords, Greenland is a shining display of the raw power of nature. Bathe in the midnight sun, be spell-bound by the northern lights, or get adventurous with some sea kayaking, fishing, or rock climbing.

Weather The best time to visit Greenland is the summer, between June and August. Rain and snow are rarer in June, July is the warmest month, and the rain becomes more frequent the closer you get to August. The average temperature in Nuuk ranges from -8°C in February to 7°C in July. Temperatures in Ilulissat average -14°C in February, and 8.5°C in July.

Social customs & quirks Traditional Inuit beliefs and customs are widespread in Greenland, particularly a strong sense of etiquette. A blend of Inuit and Danish cultures are present in the country, but the Inuit traditions are very important to Greenland’s national identity and the vast majority of European Greenlanders are sensitive to the perspectives and culture of the Inuit people. Hunting and fishing are incredibly important as they have been a necessary means for survival in Greenland, with the climate not allowing for effective farming.

Festivals & events The Return of the Sun: After months of winter darkness in North Greenland, the sun reappears on the horizon and the people living north of the Arctic Circle celebrate! An example of this is seen on the 13th January where families and school students in Ilulissat take dogsleds out to Seqinniarfik and sing celebratory songs.

Christmas is particularly festive on the island, with towns lighting up their trees and families hanging multitudes of paper stars in their windows. New Year is celebrated in a European way, with fireworks, champagne, and songs, however the Greenlandic people celebrate the Danish New Year at 8pm and then their own Greenlandic New Year at midnight — double the festivities!

Greenland’s National Day is June 21st and is celebrated with the locals donning their colourful national costumes, hanging Danish and Greenlandic flags from their homes, and leading processions complete with music down the main streets.

Health* There are currently no health requirements for entering Greenland.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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