Greenland

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Robert Longstaff
Greenland Travel Specialist

 

Straddling the Arctic Circle, Greenland is the world’s largest island, with inland ice covering 85% of the country. Starkly beautiful, with magnificent glaciers and an undulating icy expanse as far as the eye can see, adventure is the foundation of any Greenland holiday. The least densely populated country in the world, this is one of the last true wilderness destinations. The scale of nature here is almost incomprehensible, with one hundred-metre icebergs rising from the sea, an enormous ice cap containing ten per cent of the world’s fresh water and groaning glaciers moving up to forty metres a day.

Around half of Greenland’s inhabitants live in the larger settlements along the scenic west coast, including Nuuk – the world’s smallest capital. Most visitors to the west opt to travel north of the Arctic Circle, where the seascapes area their most dramatic. Towns and villages are linked only by sea or air, so visitors must travel like a local – whether by journeying via dog sledge through Kangalussuaq or taking a boat trip through the waters of Illulisat, navigating between icebergs and keeping an eye out for whales and seals.

Greenland’s polar bears are best seen during the summer months once they’ve come out of their winter hibernation. But during the darker seasonal night skies, one of the country’s other iconic characters comes out to play; the northern lights. With minimal ambient light from the tiny settlements, the aurora is often seen by simply stepping outside your hotel. Kangerlussuaq boasts over 300 nights of clear sky a year – perfect for aurora hunting. 

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Ilulissat
Top Destination
Ilulissat
Ilulissat is the best-known town in Greenland and is beautifully situated besides one of the most productive glaciers in the world, at the mouth of a 40-kilometre ice-fjord filled with gigantic icebergs as tall as skyscrapers with only one tenth of their volume visible above the water.
Kangerlussuaq
Top Destination
Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq provides the opportunity to experience nature at its most raw: reindeer and musk oxen call this region home and the mighty inland Ice Cap is just a few miles away. It's also one of the best places in Greenland, and indeed, the world, to watch the northern lights.
Tasiilaq
Top Destination
Tasiilaq
Tasiilaq on the island of Ammassalik, tucked into the remote eastern corner of Greenland, with a population of just 2,000 people.
Nuuk
Top Destination
Nuuk
Nuuk is the smallest and most northernmost capital in the world, and is home to plenty of museums, restaurants, and a historic harbour.
Narsarsuaq
Top Destination
Narsarsuaq
Welcome to Viking country. Delve into the fascinating history of the Vikings and visit the very spot where the Norse colonisation of North America began more than 1000 years ago in Narsarsuaq. Discover the area where Erik the Red decided to settle and name his new discovery Greenland.

Popular Destinations in Greenland

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   Ilulissat
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   Kangerlussuaq
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   Tasiilaq
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   Nuuk
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   Narsarsuaq



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Regent Greenland Specialist


Robert Longstaff
Greenland is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, and in particular the town of Kangerlussuaq which sits within the Arctic Circle and enjoys an average of 300 nights of clear sky each year. Visit in winter and have the chance to see some of the largest herds of musk oxen, as well as reindeer and Arctic foxes. Greenland comes to life in winter and you can head out into the wilderness on snow-shoes, snowmobiles and dog-sleds.

Robert's Tips
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Greenlandic coffee – a mixture of whisky, coffee liqueur, brandy, coffee and cream – is a must-have accompaniment to the northern lights.
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Dog-sledding isn’t just a tourist attraction, it's a way of life. Your musher guide will likely be a local hunter keeping his dogs fit.
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20 billion tonnes of ice calve from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier each year, and the best way to see them is by boat.




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