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Colorful Houses, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound Fjords, Eastern Greenland

Greenland Holidays

A mystifying location for any traveller. Our Arctic cruise is the choice for bright minds – offering glimpses of the area’s abundant wildlife in the day and stunning views of the Aurora Borealis at night.

A Greenland holiday is as spellbinding as it is diverse. Whether you’re travelling in search of solitude in Greenland’s magnificent landscapes, hoping for chance sightings of the local Arctic wildlife or are there to experience the ethereal flickering of the Northern Lights, a Greenland holiday offers magical experiences at every turn.

Expedition Cruising, Disko Bay, Greenland
Greenland

Greenland: What to Expect

Greenland is both the world’s largest island and its least densely populated country. For much of the year, it is ice-locked and little visited. Thus, in spite of its name – it was named to try and entice settlers – it is not green, at least not for most of the year. However, as the pack ice breaks up, late summer offers a brief opportunity for a Greenland holiday and a chance to access its dramatic mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs. A window in which to experience Greenland’s majestic scenery, iceberg-strewn waters and some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Experiences

Inuit Culture

Visit locals in remote hamlets and experience their very authentic Inuit culture.

Go Whale-Watching in Greenland

Scout the horizon for species that include fin, minke and humpback whales.

See the Northern Lights

Cross your fingers and hope to see the remarkable Northern Lights in Hall Bredning.

See Musk Ox

Watch the remarkable musk ox roam freely against epic and ever-changing landscapes.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

Sue has visited Greenland on a number of occasions, exploring the colourful communities that cling to fjords, learning the skills of the local Inuit, kayaking amongst the great icebergs of Disko Bay and flying across its great icecap.
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From the Northern Lights to meeting Innuits, Sue put together a trip that exceeded all our expectations. She was the most knowledgeable of anyone we spoke to about Greenland, and we could tell she knew things that only come from personal travels.

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Frequently asked questions about Greenland

What is Capital of Greenland?

The capital of Greenland is Nuuk, lying at 64°10′ N, makes it the world’s northernmost capital and has been occupied a settlement since 2200 BC

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis or Northern lights are most frequently seen in the autumn and winter months when the nights are longer and darker.

Why are the Musk Ox's called 'Thick-headed'?

During the rut Musk Ok males will fight for dominance, this often involves charging at each other from around 20 meters and banging their heads together, similar to a head-on collision at 50 kmph! This will continue until the dominant male wins. Often during mating the bull casually kicks the cow’s foreleg to “calm her down and make her more receptive to his advances”.

Are there any quirks I should know about?

Kangerlussuaq is the main International airport but there are no roads to anywhere from here. You can only fly, they also have a church with no vicar, a Medical Centre with no Doctor (he flies in for two days a month) and a Norwegian Airbase that rarely has any aircraft.

Do I have to be very fit?

Most trips to Greenland are quite active; cruises involving daily walking excursions across the arctic tundra; dog sledding or wildlife watching so to be able to get the most out of it you should be in good general health.

What are the daylight hours for Greenland?

Owing to its location north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland experiences extreme contrasts in daylight hours between winter and summer. For two to three months in summer, there is continuous daylight in Greenland, the so-called midnight sun. The winter darkness (three to four hours’ daylight) lasts from about mid-November until the end of January.

What clothing should I take to the Arctic?

It is always best to pack plenty of thin thermal layers rather than one thick layer. For voyages wellington boots, waterproof over-trousers & a waterproof jacket are essential. Most ships provide wellingtons & we will confirm the inclusions on your itinerary. Some ships also provide waterproof outer gear or having this available to hire. You will also need to keep your hands, head, ears and feet warm. The Arctic tends to be quite monochrome so bright coloured clothing tends to stand out in photographs. Aside from clothing a high factor sun cream and sunglasses are considered essential as the glare of snow and water will magnify the effects, insect repellent recommended at some times of the year.

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