Colourful 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: 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.


A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Greenland.

Local Woman, Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Inuit Culture

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

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Go Whale-Watching in Greenland

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

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Northern Lights, Nuuk City, Greenland

See the Northern Lights

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

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Musk Ox, Greenland

See Musk Ox

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

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Camp Ice Cap £££££

  • Greenland
  • Tented Camps

Greenland’s Icecap covers more than 80% of the country and Camp Ice Cap offers a unique opportunity to sleep in tented accommodation on the ice. It is a two-hour hike to reach the camp which provides a base for expedition hikes across the ice sheet.

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Base Camp Greenland £££££

  • Greenland
  • Tented Camps

Base Camp Greenland has introduced a touch of luxury in the Arctic giving a whole new dimension to exploring Greenland’s wilderness. More expedition lodge than camp Base Camp Greenland accommodations comprises of individual safari-style tent cabins, sleeping two guests in each. The cabins are warmed by an individual heater and have twin beds complete with cosy duvets and comfortable pillows, writing desks with chairs, and an ensuite loo and sink. Showers are taken in separate bathhouses segregated by gender.

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Greg Mortimer £££££

  • Antarctica

Launched in October 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built expedition vessel that features a revolutionary X-Bow design. One of the most dynamic and state of the art ships on the seas, it is designed to slice through the water rather than riding over the waves making for comfortable and fast travels through the polar seas. Four sea-level zodiac launching platforms allow for a quick transition from the ship to the zodiacs, minimising waiting times and maximising excursion time. Its 79 twin and double cabins are spread over four decks and each features private facilities, ample storage, power outlets and daily cabin service.

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Ocean Adventurer £££££

  • Arctic

Originally built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive upgrades as part of a multi-million pound renovation in 2017. On this nimble, ice-strengthened vessel, facilities include a well-stocked library, a lounge area, a gym and observation decks. With major technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royce engines, to increase fuel efficiency and minimise carbon footprint, Ocean Adventurer has the capacity to carry 128 passengers across 63 cabins. Ship-to-shore satellite communications allow for email and wireless internet access, and a stocked library houses a large collection of polar books.

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Ocean Endeavour £££££

  • Spitsbergen

Launched in 1982 as a purpose-built vessel for remote environments, Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice-class that enables her to navigate freely throughout the Arctic summer. At 453-foot-long, she is a stable and spacious vessel with a shallow draft and impressive manoeuvrability that allows her to access isolated fjords, bays and secluded communities. Accommodating up to 199 passengers, Ocean Endeavour has cabins arranged over multiple decks and offers outdoor dining spaces, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub and three lounges.

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Rembrandt Van Rijn £££££

  • Spitsbergen

A 184-foot-long traditional vessel, Rembrandt Van Rijn was originally built as a herring lugger and later rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner. In 2011 she underwent a complete rebuild and refurbishment program including reinforcing the bow to make her suitable to sail in Greenlandic waters. Accommodating 33 passengers in 17 mostly en-suite cabins, she offers ample deck space for wildlife viewing, a small bar area and a dining room. Rembrandt Van Rijn has two zodiacs for excursions and access to landing sites.

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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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