Spread across the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, Greenland is your last stop before reaching the Arctic region. It is the world’s largest non-continental island and an autonomous territory of Denmark. Even though it is known as ‘green’ land, you will find little greenery here, as the island is predominantly covered by icebergs and glaciers. Once an isolated island that hardly saw any tourists, Greenland in recent years has grown into a popular destination.
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, located on the island’s southwestern coast. The city is home to colourful houses, a couple of museums and Nuuk Fjord (also called Nuup Kangerlua) – one of the largest fjord systems in the world, which is known for humpback whales sightings, waterfalls and icebergs. The Greenland National Museum and Nuuk Art Museum are great places to drop by if you wish to learn more about Greenland’s history and culture.
The coastal town of Ilulissat is home to the UNESCO world heritage listed Ilulissat Icefjord. It is the most popular destination in Greenland, spanning a massive area covered by icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Boat tours take you close to the towering icebergs but the grandeur of the location is amplified when viewed from a flightseeing tour from above.
In the southernmost part of Greenland lies the picturesque town of Qaqortoq, that features a collection of vibrantly coloured buildings and an interesting museum. Qaqortoq makes a great base to explore Kujataa World Heritage Centre, where you can learn Norse history while admiring its subarctic farming landscape.
Even getting around in Greenland can be an adventure in itself. There is no road network between the towns and cities in Greenland so the locals get around on bikes, ferries, kayaks, dog-sleds and snowmobiles. Greenland is also one of the best places on earth to watch the stunning natural phenomena of the northern lights and midnight sun.
Greenland is a high-budget destination but the enchanting sights and exciting activities that it has in store are only experienced by a few people – which justify the premium that you pay to travel to this exclusive destination.
Greenland is the world’s largest island and an autonomous territory of Denmark.