This WHITE PARADISE is the least densely populated country in the world, with less than 57 thousand inhabitants. The majority of its residents is Inuit, whose ancestors began migrating from the Canadian mainland in the 13th century, gradually settling across the island. Greenland is an autonomous Danish dependent territory with limited self-government and its own parliament. The official language is Greenlandic, but they also speak Danish. It is located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Icebergs are fundamental to Greenland. The Greenland Ice Sheet covers nearly 80 percent of the island’s surface, feeding glaciers from one end of the island to the other. It is the second largest in the world, after the Antarctic ice sheet. This current ice sheet contains ice that is roughly 100,000 years old. IT’S AN ISLAND OF INCREDIBLE BEAUTY!
WHAT TO DO IN GREENLAND
WINTER and AUTUMN seasons are the perfect time for those who want to watch the Northern Lights and go dog-sledding. Winter lasts from December through March when days are short and very cold. The northern lights displays are arguably the most spectacular from September to mid-November and from mid-February to early April, and are best seen just south of the Arctic Circle. Greenlandic winters are long, harsh and very dark.
After a long winter, the sun and light return in SPRING and it is the best time to go on dog-sledding rides. The Arctic spring, between March and May, features more hours of daylight, bearable temperatures and snowy landscapes, with the snow melting away, the days getting longer and the start of vegetation growing again.
SUMMER is perfect for those who want to watch the midnight sun, watch the whales, hike and engage in outdoor activities such as sailing and fishing. In the center of Greenland, the sun does not disappear from the end of May until the end of July. Summer in Greenland lasts from June to September and is the best time to visit this Island. If you want more information, contact us.
WE TRAVELED TO GREENLAND IN SUMMER!
GREENLAND MAP – https://www.thinglink.com/scene/480379470012743680
LET’S GET TO KNOW IT…
Nuuk is the PERFECT STARTING POINT for getting to know the island. Although being a small city, it is the largest city and the capital of Greenland. You’ll find in Nuuk a great mix of tradition and modernity, besides beautiful scenery. Located only 240 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, it is at the mouth of a group of fjords.
BE AWARE: Change money in Nuuk – there is no bank at the airport only in the city.
WHAT TO DO IN NUUK
DAY 1 – At the beginning of August we flew from Reykjavík to Nuuk.
DAY 2 – The next day, we visited the main sites of Nuuk.
WALKING TOUR IN NUUK
We started the tour at NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES (Hans Egedesvej 8) where you will find exhibitions that cover all of Greenland’s history during 4.500 years: from the first Arctic Stone Age Cultures, the Norse settlements, to the arrival of the Thule culture. Here, we spent about half an hour.
From the museum, we walked through the COLONIAL HARBOR, passing by the old and colorful buildings. We stopped at HANS EGEDE HOUSE (Hans Egedesvej 15), that is the oldest in Greenland. It was originally the residence of Hans Egede, the Lutheran missionary who founded Nuuk in 1728. It is now used for official government receptions. We also stopped at KITTAT (Hans Egedesvej 29). It is a fur workshop that is specialized in making traditional style costumes and kamiks, which are soft boots, traditionally made of reindeer (caribou) skin or sealskin, and worn by Arctic aboriginal people as the Inuit.
We continued the walk to visit the Lutheran CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR, Nuuk Cathedral. The red wood church was established in 1849 and the church tower was added on in 1928. The church interior is simple but elegant with its grey and gold decor. On a hill near the cathedral, we could see the missionary HANS EGED STATUE. From the hilltop, a great view of the fjord and the town spreads out.
Right next to the cathedral is the granite figure MOTHER OF THE SEA – Sassuma Arnaa – which is visible only at low tide. The legend says that the Mother of the Sea watches over the animals that are fished and hunted, and if she’s not happy with the way people behave, she gathers all the potential prey in her hair at the bottom of the sea so that there’s nothing left to catch.
We walked till the BRÆTTET (John MølleripAqqutaa 1886), the open-air market where recently caught fish, seal and reindeer are sold. Then, we visited the KATUAQ CULTURAL CENTRE ( Imaneq 21) that was opened in 1997 to house a wide range of diverse activities and exhibitions. It is a fine piece of modern architecture, a sinuous wooden wave edged in glass. Then, we walked till the CITY HALL (Kuussuaq 2) that hasn’t got a beautiful architecture, but it’s worth looking inside to see the impressive 1998 tapestry about Inuit life. After that, we wandered around the city. If you want more information, contact us.
NUUK MAP – http://www.hot-map.com/nuuk
BE AWARE: Always confirm your flight time, since it can be changed according to politics, weather and demand.
DAY 3 – From Nuuk we flew to ILULISSAT by Air Greenland.
THIS ICEBERG PARADISE HAS AN AMAZING BEAUTY!
Ilulissat is located in the Disko Bay, at the mouth of the IlulissatIcefjord, one of the largest glaciers in Greenland, only 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It is a small town with less than 5.000 inhabitants and… 4.000 sledge dogs! This town, founded in 1741, is very charming with colored houses and a wonderful nature. The town is built on a hilly ground, which provides an amazing view of the Disko Bay from almost every house in the town. lulissat is the birthplace of the great polar explorer KNUD RASMUSSEN. Most hotels offer to pick up and drop off guests at the airport. We stayed at a fantastic hotel with a perfect restaurant. If you want more information, contact us.
BE AWARE – Summer is the time of MOSQUITOES! They are everywhere and are an absolute nuisance! Lots, lots of them!!! Buy the special mosquito head net to protect your face and wear long trousers and long sleeves. Keep local mosquito repellent always in your hand.
WHAT TO DO IN ILULISSAT
DAY 4 – For us, the MOST FANTASTIC tour that we did in Ilulissat was the SAIL AMONG THE ICEBERGS. As we visited the town during the summer, we did this tour twice: DURING THE MORNING AND THE NIGHT to watch the midnight sun. The icebergs are always amazing; in the sunshine the contrasts are very bright, the blue shades are fantastic and by night, the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs. Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a sensational and unusual adventure. Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from the end of May to the end of July. THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE! If you want more information, contact us.
BE AWARE – Wear warm clothes. It is cold out in the Icefiord both summer and winter. It is possible to rent sealskin clothing in the town.
ILULISSAT ICEFJORD – ILULISSAT KANGERLUA – It is a massive and fast-moving glacier that travels more than 30 meters a day, dropping huge icebergs into its narrow coastal inlets. The glacier flows at a rate of 20–35 m a day, resulting in about 20 billion tons of icebergs calved off and passing out of the fjord every year. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and with a height of more than 100 meters above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fjord, what gives us the opportunity to sail among them. This gallery of enormous ice sculptures is a spectacular sight.
WALKING TOUR IN ILULISSAT
We started our walk from the old heliport, 1km south of town. We passed through a valley and then descended to the shore, where are the remains of the OLD SETTLEMENT OF SERMERMIUT. Different Inuit cultures have lived in this place during the last 4000 years. It is situated 1,5 kilometers south of the city. The viewpoint of NAKKAAVIK (the place to fall) is located at the end of the walkway. From this place we admired Disko Bay with the impressive white and giant icebergs from Ilulissat Icefjord.
After that, we walked around the town and visited the KNUD RASMUSSEN’S MUSEUM (Nuisariannguaq 9), which is the place where the polar explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen was born and raised. Besides the artifacts from his life, the museum contains numerous exhibits on Inuit culture. We also visited the ZION CHURCH (Oqaluffiup Aqq.) which was built in 1782 and was the largest man-made structure in Greenland at the time. It was restored in 1907 and is one of the northernmost churches in the world. Then, we walked till the harbor to watch the boats. lulissat is quaint and easy to walk around in. We spent 3 hours visiting the main sites of the town.
ILULISSAT MAP – http://www.mappery.com/Ilulissat-City-Map
ULO RESTAURANT – They serve an excellent Greenlandic evening buffet, every Monday from June to September. We had a dinner with all kinds of Arctic’s food such as walrus, halibut, seal, whale, muskox, caribou, musk oxen, arctic fox, reindeer, etc.
DAY 5 – The next day, from Ilulissat harbor we got a boat to EQI GLACIER.
EQIP SERMIA GLACIER – EQI GLACIER
THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT MUCH MORE THAN ONLY AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. THIS IS AN UNFORGETTABLE, FANTASTIC, EXCITING EXPERIENCE!
Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the EQI GLACIER, also called “calving glacier”. It comes out in a fjord about 80km north of Ilulissat. By boat it is possible to go very close to the edge of the glacier and experience the view of huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and the sight of the icebergs crashing into the water is breathtaking. We dressed with warm clothes and hiking boots. We packed our belongings in a backpack and we included the mosquito head net, the local mosquito repellent, very warm clothes and water. We departed from Ilulissat on a boat, very early in the morning.
During the boat trip, the guide was describing the region that we were passing by. We reached the glacier after about three hours of ride. On the way north, along the coast, we passed by many icebergs, by the small settlement of OQAATSUT (with about 50 inhabitants) and by the big fiord system called PAKITSOQ. When getting close to that gleaming white horizontal arc above the water, we felt amazed at its greatness. The water changed from dark blue to white, because of the floating ice. The boat stopped a little over 500 meters from the icy face of EqipSermia. This glacier is highly active. We stayed in front of the glacier for approximately two hours and we saw the ice falling many times and then we heard a sound like a thunder breaking the silence. The noise announced that the glacier had just gotten a little smaller as a small tsunami rolled toward the boat, swaying it from side to side. IT WAS AWESOME! If you want more information, contact us.
BE AWARE: This tour must be done from June to September.
ICE CAMP EQI
After that, the boat called at PORT VICTOR HARBOR at Ice Camp Eqi, which is located a short distance from the glacier. The harbor was named after the French Arctic explorer who came there right after the World War II to investigate the ice cap. On land, the camp guides greeted us and showed our huts. We had to carry our own luggage 400 meters upwards to Ice Camp Eqi. Coffee and cake were served and practical information on the area was given. We spent the rest of the day walking around, exploring our wonderful “comfort” hut and enjoying the magnificent view from it.
The COMFORT CABINS had a huge room with a bed, sofa, animal furs adorning the place, an en-suite bathroom, running water, electricity and heating system all powered by solar energy. Through a seven-meter wide window and from the balcony we had an amazing view over the glacier, which never fails to remind us of its presence through the giant thunder noises that sporadically roll through the air like bombs going off in the distance. We had dinner at CAFE VICTOR, where it is possible to buy soft drinks, beer, wine and sweets. From the café it is possible to enjoy the view over the fjord and glacier. We had dinner with some foxes around us! THIS WAS AMAZING! We watched the SUN OF MIDNIGHT, having the glacier just in front of us, from the balcony of our hut. FANTASTIC!
DAY 6 – On the next day, after breakfast at Café Victor, we had a hiking towards the moraine and we got wonderful and different views of the glacier. After lunch, we left from Port Victor approximately at 2:30pm. The boat trip to Ilulissat followed the same route. We arrived at Ilulissat and went straight to the hotel, since we had to wake up very early on the next day. If you want more information, contact us.
DAY 7 – The next day we flew to NANORTALIK. This trip, by plane and helicopter, was an adventure, since we had to stop 6 times to get to our final destination. From Ilulissat to Nuuk, by plane, we had to stop in Aasiaat and Kangerlussuaq. From there, we took a plane to Narsarsuaq. From where we got a Sikorsky S61 helicopter to Nanortalik. On the way, we stopped in Narsaq and Qaqortoq. We spent almost 10 hours travelling!
BE AWARE: For the best views from standard Sikorsky S61 helicopters, that has 19 seats, try to get seats in the second row from the back. From these seats you can see out of window portals on both sides.South Greenland is a unique part of the Arctic Island, with great contrasts between chilly glaciers and green valleys.
South Greenland is a unique part of the Arctic Island, with great contrasts between chilly glaciers and green valleys. There is plenty of ice in the fiords with both gigantic icebergs from the local glaciers as well as enormous amounts of “GRAND ICE“, pack ice from the North Pole, dominating the region in the spring and early summer: May and June. The INUIT culture has thousands of a thousand years of history in South Greenland, and the hunters are still the backbone of the old culture. The hunters are the suppliers of fresh, healthy meat and fish for the local diet as well as for skins hides for their national outfits and warm winter fur coats. The SHEEP FARMERS are living on isolated farms, in the deep fjords, and they represent an important part of their cultural heritage. It is a mixed culture between the Nordic Countries and Greenland, which has developed since the late 1700s. One of the first people to realize the great potential offered by South Greenland was the temperamental VIKING ERIK THE RED, who, inspired by the green landscapes, named the country GREENLAND.
SOUTH GREENLAND MAP – https://br.pinterest.com/pin/436075176389228363/
Nanortalik is the PERFECT PLACE FOR EXPLORING THE SOUTH Greenland. The primary occupations are seal hunting, fishing, service and administration. The district around Nanortalik is home to 2,200 people distributed between the town itself, five settlements and a number of sheep-holding stations. The town lies on a scenic area consisting of some of Greenland’s picturesque fjords, small woodlands and steep mountainsides. The town’s name means “THE PLACE OF POLAR BEARS”, which refers to the polar bears that occasionally pass by the town in the summer in conjunction with the field ice from the Arctic Ocean. It can be warm there during the summer, but in stark contrast to the warm and fertile landscape, you’ll see the ice covering the sea and glistening in many colors. If you want more information, contact us.
HOW TO GET TO NANORTALIK
Via the international airport in Narsarsuaq you can fly to Nanortalik by means of Air Greenland’s helicopter, which makes stops in a couple of towns en route. This is the fastest way of transportation. They operate most villages on a regular schedule but not every day. If you sail to Nanortalik in the spring or late summer, there is a good chance of seeing whales in the waters around the town, where the minke whale is the most frequent visitor. The field ice can increase the normal sailing time to Nanortalik at the start of the summer.
BE AWARE: Warm, wind, and waterproof clothes are highly recommended and lighter clothes for nice weather as well. On the other hand, it is very cold on the sea. We advise you to take your luggage in a small day pack with very warm clothes, food and water to have a boat trip. If you want more information, contact us.
When we arrived in Nanortalik, Mr. Niels Taekker Jepsen, of the NANORTALIK TOURISM SERVICE (Lundip Aqqutaa), was waiting to take us to the hotel. We stayed at the HOTEL KAP FARVEL (B304, Isua), in a new wing room. As we had a boat tour the next day, we contacted the hotel to prepare a lunch pack, including sandwiches, cookies, water and hot chocolate for our day sailing.
BE AWARE: Dinner at the hotel restaurant is to be ordered before noon.
WHAT TO DO IN NANORTALIK
DAY 8 – The next day we did THE MOST FANTASTIC TOUR we had in Nanortalik. It was the BOAT CRUISE TO PRINCE CHRISTIAN SUND. We rented a 30 feet Viknes 900 boat, that was very safe and our English speaking captain was very experienced. We sailed for more than 8 hours! We passed by the village of Narsarmiit, SivinganeruoImaa Fjord and the whole Aappilattoq fjord systemuntil you get to Aappilattoq. This ride is an absolute must-see! If you want more information, contact us.
AAPPILATTOQ is a small Inuit settlement near the western end of Prins Christian Sund. In the local Greenlandic language the name means “sea anemone”. The settlement had 132 inhabitants in 2010. This area has been inhabited since the 19th century, but the present-day village was founded in 1922. It sits perched at the edge of the water with towering mountains all around, making the village virtually inaccessible by land. A stroll through the village will reveal a small school and a church. The main occupations and sources of income are hunting and fishing. It is South Greenland’s most magnificent fjordland scenery. Possibly the most spectacular fjord in all of Greenland is the superlative SIVINGANERUP IMAA, which runs east between veritable cathedrals of rocky spires.
After going through breathtaking landscapes, we finally got to the natural wonder of Prince Christian Sound. We never imagined that Greenland had such high mountains! Along the Prince Christian Sound, the mountains can range up to 1700 meters. Steep cliffs plunge into the fjord on each side. The experience of being surrounded by such amazing natural forces was indescribable. The irregular colors and contours of the ice move with the rugged mountains – STUNNING!
PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND is a channel over 100km long with lots of glaciers, icebergs, several fine waterfalls and a parade of half a dozen rounded tipped peaks lining the southern flank of its most picturesque western end. The fjord was named in honor of Prince Christian VIII (1786-1848), who was king of Denmark. This remote route is accessible by ship only during the summer months, when warmer temperatures reduce the chance of ice blockages around the entrance. If you want more information, contact us.
WALKING TOUR IN NANORTALIK
DAY 9 – On the next day, we took a walking tour around the city. The main street – Lundip Aqqutaa – represents Nanortalik’s main artery and is where most activities are concentrated. There are supermarkets and the local BRÆTTET, where fishermen and hunters sell the day’s catch. A walk along the main street takes you pass by NANORTALIK’S TOURIST OFFICE, which features many souvenirs, books and handicrafts made by local artists.
Further ahead is the beautiful wooden NANORTALIK CHURCH (Lundip Aqqutaa), where, as it was a Sunday, we attended a service with the local population. Be sure that we didn’t understand a single word, but we had a great time there, listening to the beautiful Greenlandic hymns… This Church is a Danish Lutheran church. The church was built and consecrated in 1916 and is currently the only church serving the Nanortalik congregation. The church is located in the old colonial quarter of the town.
We continued out towards the sea, and right next to the church we passed by the town’s landmarks, the KNUD RASMUSSEN STONE, which is a natural stone that has the facial profile of the Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen. We walked ahead till the fascinating NANORTALIK OUTDOOR MUSEUM, situated in the old colonial port area. This open-air museum is not a single building but many buildings, almost a village. It gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. Part of the exhibition is a summer hunting camp, where Inuit in traditional clothing describe aspects of their ancestors’ customs and lifestyle. The old colonial port area represents a well-preserved historic environment. In addition, the museum has acquired leather clothes, which are being used by cultural and tourism events.It was very easy to walk around Nanortalik and we spent 3 hours visiting the main sites of the town. If you want more information, contact us.
NANORTALIK MAP – http://nanortaliktourism.com/wp-content/uploads/nanortalik_map
DAY 10 – The next day we got a Sikorsky S61 helicopter to QAQORTOQ, with a stopped in Narsaq.
Qaqortoq, which means “The White”, is THE BIGGEST TOWN IN SOUTH GREENLAND with around 3500 inhabitants. The city, which is the education center with a high school, and the center of commerce and trade in Southern Greenland, was founded in 1774. The main industry in the town is fishing. It has a picturesque setting, between the fiord of Qaqortoq and the lake of Tasersuaq. The town is separated in two parts by a creek from TASERSUAQ LAKE. Most of the colorful houses have a fantastic view over the fiord or lake. The town and suburbs are very colorful with the houses brightly painted blue, red, green, orange and yellow. They stretch up and down the hillsides are very picturesque. We believe that you will love this small city.
When we arrived in Qaqortoq, a guide was waiting to take us to the hotel. We stayed at a hotel on a hill, in the center of the city, overlooking the harbor. If you want more information, contact us.
WHAT TO DO IN QAQORTOQ
First of all, we did a visit to the GREAT GREENLAND TANNERY (Havnevej B-1276) that is the only tannery in the country. There we learned about the processes used to treat the furs and visited the fashion design studios and the fur storage rooms, with huge piles of sealskins and polar bear furs. Besides, our guide told us about seal hunting and the working conditions of today`s hunters. We spent 1:00 hour visiting this place.
WALKING TOUR IN QAQORTOQ
DAY 11 – The next day we did a very pleasant walk through the city and spent almost 4 hours visiting the main sites.
We started our walking tour visiting GERTRUD RASCH’S CHURCH, the new white concrete Lutheran church, which was built from May 1972 to July 1973. Then, we visited the QAQORTOQ MUSEUM (Torvevej B-29), that is housed in an 1804 building. Beautifully restored, with church-like décor, these were once the town’s guestrooms. The red room was explorer Knud Rasmussen’s base when he was preparing his later expeditions. The blue room hosted famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh. The history of the Norse settlers is in focus and there are finds of harpoons, kayaks and blubber bags. In connection with the museum, a faithful copy of a peat hut from the beginning of the last century has been constructed. We passed by some old houses of the colonial quarter on the way to THE FOUNTAIN, which is the oldest in Greenland, built in 1927. Around the fountain is the old Qaqortoq city core, with historical buildings, cafe, eateries and even a stream running straight through the center of the old area. Qaqortoq is the only city in Greenland with a fountain in the center square.
We continued to the FISH AND MEAT MARKET where daily catches are being sold. Then, we walked till the red CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR (Skolevej). This old church is a wooden Lutheran church established in 1832. Adjacent to the church is a small mortuary chapel. The church is part of the old colonial harbor district. If you want more information, contact us.
After that, we walked to see some of the sculpture “STONE AND MAN”. This project from 1993 is the work of local artist Aka Hoegh, who wanted to turn his hometown into a permanent open air art gallery. With the help of over a dozen artists hailing from other Nordic countries, he oversaw the creation of 24 separate carvings and sculptures. Some of the works took the shape of fully shaped sculptures made out of local boulders, while others looked more like recreations of ancient tribal markings of fish and whales. More sculptures have been added to the collection over the years and now Qaqortoq is home to around 40 sculptures and carvings spread around town. The majority of the Stone & Man works are clumped near the Qaqortoq Museum. WONDERFUL!
QAQORTOQ MAP – http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Qaqortoq-City-Map
DAY 12 – From Qaqortoq we took a BELL 212 (9 seats) helicopter to NARSARSUAQ.
Narsarsuaq means “THE GREAT PLAIN”, because Greenland is a mountainous country and this is one of the large flat areas. The village is based around the airport, which was built in 1941 by the US military, but is now in commercial use. Even though the village can be quite unattractive and most of the buildings being there just because of the airport, the surrounding area has some spectacular sights. Around 180 people live and work in the airport area, where there is also a hotel, a hostel, a shop, a café and a nursing clinic. The mountains that surround the great plain are up to 500 meters high.
When we arrived at Narsarsuaq, a guide was waiting to take us to the hotel. We stayed at a hotel near by the airport. If you want more information, contact us.
WHAT TO DO IN NARSARSUAQ
DAY 13 – The next day we did THE MOST INTERESTING TOUR we had in Narsarsuaq. It was the visit we paid to QASSIARSUK. We had a guided walking tour in this area that beautifully links together old history and modern living. We visited the reconstruction of TJODHILDE’S CHURCH, ERIK THE RED’S LONG HOUSE and INUIT WINTER HOUSE. We also visited the MUSEUM OF BRATTAHLID. Due to the sheep in the settlement the surrounding area has no mosquitoes.
QASSIARSUK – One thousand years ago a group of Norsemen, with Eric the Red in the front sailed into the bay where the settlement BRATTAHLÍÐ, which is thought to be located in the present-day village of Qassiarsuk, just across the fjord from Narsarsuaq. According to legend, Eric had such strong emotional ties to the area where he had grown up in Norway that he baptized the place he found, Brattahlíð which means “steep hill”. Before long, he and his companions had established an agricultural community in the fjord.
Farming is still the main occupation in Qassiarsuk that was founded by OTTO FREDERIKSEN, in 1924. The sheep farmers in the area cultivate the same fields, and let their animals graze in the same river valleys and the same hillsides that the Norsemen used towards the end of the 9th century. Many of his descendants today are among the settlements 50 inhabitants. This village is situated across the fjord 20 minutes by boat from Narsarsuaq. If you want more information, contact us.
It is very interesting to notice that the locals are connected to the internet, watch satellite television and run modern farms, send their kids to a well-run school in the settlement and are generally focused on seeing the next generation grow up and get educated, even if this means that the young will have to leave South Greenland for a number of years.
DAY 14 – From Narsarsuaq we took a plane to COPENHAGEN.
AFTER VISITING NEARLY A HUNDRED COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, WE BELIEVE THAT GREENLAND IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT.
DAY 1 – Flew from Reykjavík to Nuuk
DAY 2 – Nuuk
DAY 3 – Flew to Ilulissat
DAY 4 – Ilulissat – Sail among the Icebergs – morning and evening
DAY 5 – Boat trip to Ice Camp Eqi by Eqi Glacier
DAY 6 – Boat trip to Ilulissat
DAY 7 – Flew to Nanortalik
DAY 8 – Nanortalik – boat cruise to Prince Christian Sund
DAY 9 – Nanortalik
DAY 10 – Flew to Qaqortoq
DAY 11 – Qaqortoq
DAY 12 – Flew to Narsarsuaq
DAY 13 – Narsarsuaq
DAY 14 – Flew to Copenhagen
GREENLAND – TRAVEL TIPS
GETTING AROUND GREENLAND – In fact, helicopters and coastal ferries offer truly splendid ways to see much of the country’s great scenery. However, be flexible. Weather conditions mean you simply can’t assume that a service will leave on time (or even on the scheduled day). The great Greenlandic word “immaqa” (maybe) is a necessary caveat.
In South Greenland the HELICOPTER is the most important link to the airport in Narsarsuaq and the remote villages. The flight to Nanortalik takes about 60 minutes. The helicopter service to the villages is usually made with smaller crafts. The fastest way of transportation by far is with Air Greenland helicopters. They operate most villages on a regular schedule but not every day. On certain occasions it is possible to charter a helicopter but it is quite expensive. If you want more information, contact us.
WEATHER IN GREENLAND – Greenland has an Arctic climate with average temperatures that do not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June, July and August. Winters can be severe and the summers relatively mild. The air is generally very dry in Greenland and because of this low humidity the low temperatures do not feel as cold as you might expect.
From two to three months in the summer there is continuous daylight in Greenland, the so-called midnight sun. During summer the nights are bright throughout Iceland, and in June the sun in the north never fully goes down. The winter darkness (three to four hours’ daylight) lasts from about mid-November until the end of January.
WHEN TO VISIT GREENLAND – Summer and winter in Greenland are totally different. That is why your experiences will be completely different depending on whether you visit the country in the summer or winter. So, it will depend on what you want to do to choose the best time to go.
CURRENCY – Greenland, like mainland Denmark, uses the DANISH KRONE (DKK; symbol kr) as its official currency. One krone is divided into 100 øre.
LANGUAGE – Apart from Greenlandic Language the other languages spoken in Greenland are Danish and English. Danish which is the first foreign language is studied in the schools of Greenland.
POWER – In Greenland the electrical switches are like in Denmark – with 220-240V.
VISA – A visa is required to Greenland, if you are a citizen in a country, where a visa is required to enter Denmark. On this particularly point Greenland belongs to Denmark and has same rules regarding visa.
VACCINATION – No vaccination required or recommended for travels to Greenland.
TIME – The time in Greenland is at the west coast GMT – 3. There is a four-hour time difference between Denmark and Greenland.