The eternal ice
A true wilderness awaits travellers who venture to Greenland. Majestic icebergs that tower over colourful towns and the wild nature will make you feel like a true Arctic Explorer. Pack your camera because you will take some unbelievable pictures.
The most popular tourist destination and a concentrated slice of on Greenland is Ilulissat. The Ilulissat Icefjord and the Disko Bay are known for diversity in landscape and wildlife, high quality hotels and culinary experiences. The city is located on Greenland’s west coast and approximately 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It is the third largest city on Greenland with approx. 4500 inhabitants and no less than 3500 sled dogs! Ilulissat’s main income is from tourism, thanks to the Ilulissat Icefjord. Ilulissat means ‘icebergs’ in Greenlandic and the icefjord has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amazing nature, dog sledding and cultural exploration await you in this iceberg paradise. Hiking is another must! In the Disko Bay you can also go sailing or kayaking amongst a constant flow of massive icebergs from one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers. The iceberg that sank Titanic was probably born in Ilulissat. The ‘ups’ of going to Greenland is besides the spectacular scenery to experience the everyday life and local culture of Greenland.
This village in western Greenland, close to Sisimiut, only has 500 inhabitants and is located only 30 km from the icecap. Here you find the largest airport with departures to e.g. Copenhagen. The sheltered location makes it beneficial for traffic by large aircrafts and connects via domestic flights to Ilulissat or Nuuk.
Nuuk is the largest city and the capital of Greenland. Nuuk is also seat of the government and home to many historical sights. Almost a third of the population lives here in the south-west of the country. It’s latitude at 64°10′ N, makes it the world’s northernmost capital, only a few kilometres further north than the Icelandic capital Reykjavík.
In the picturesque Old Harbour you’ll find dreamy wooden homes, nestled like pearls along the water’s edge. Nearby you’ll find the city’s oldest buildings on the grounds of the expansive National Art Museum, which houses a notable collection of artifacts from some of the first settlers and beautiful paintings depicting Greenland in many eras. Arguably, the most iconic piece of art is a bronze sculpture depicting the Mother of the Sea. Her tale about the importance of nature is steeped in Greenlandic history, and to this day evokes strong emotion and respect throughout the country.
Ittoqqortoormiit on Greenland’s north east coast is the smallest village on Greenland, it has 380 inhabitants only. The surroundic landscape is however gigantic, squeezed in between the world’s largest fjord in the south and the world’s largest northern nationalpark, Kalaallit Nunaanni nuna eqqissisimatitaq, in the north. If the national park should have been a nation, – it would be the 30th largest in the world. Hungry ice bears have become a more frequent visitor here making it necessary to equip the village with their own ice bear patrol keeping the villagers and visitors safe. The landscape is just magnificent – the mountains, the fjord, the horizon, the sky – everything is more beautiful, grander in this place and must be experienced.