Highlights to visit in Greenland
Northern lights are part of Greenland’s identity. Northern lights bring a sense of connection with forces much greater than humans when it covers entire towns under swirls of red, green, magenta and blue. The Northern lights are best experienced between September and April, and especially deeper into the winter when the nights are longer.
The people are at the core of your experience in Greenland. You will meet them through cultural experiences and in everyday life in towns and villages. They are your local backcountry guides and boat skippers, hunters and dog sled drivers. Everywhere you go, the uniqueness of Greenland comes out through your meetings with the locals.
There’s something about experiencing Greenland’s majestic landscapes from the perspective of a dog sled that snowmobiling or a ski tour simply cannot match. Maybe it is the slower pace that gives plenty of time to take in all the impressions or maybe it is the combination of sled dogs panting plus the rhythmic beat of their large paws, a sound that is suddenly magnified against a backdrop of pure silence. Dog sledding is, no doubt, a classic way to experience Arctic nature, but what the unsuspecting visitor does not know, and what is unique about dog sledding in Greenland, is that a heavy dose of Inuit culture comes along for the ride. Dog sledding helps tell the story of how Greenlanders adapt to the robust environment that surrounds them. Contrary to other Arctic locations, dog sledding in Greenland is a way of life, by choice if not by necessity.
Ice & snow
The fact that 85% of Greenland is covered by an ice cap has a profound impact on climate, culture, everyday lives, and travel experiences throughout the country. Take the world famous Ilulissat Icefjord as a core example of the importance of the ice. Icebergs are pushed right from the Greenland Ice Sheet into the waters of the Disko Bay, providing rich fishing grounds to sustain local communities and giving visitors unique access to a truly phenomenal natural environment. Or consider how sea ice creates winter highways for dog sleds, snowfall creates water reservoirs, meltwater lakes act as power resources, and glaciers carve out the mountain ranges you hike through or fly over.