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Greenland

The vast thousand-year-old ice sheet, endless ice and snow, northern lights and the diverse arctic wildlife are the main draws of this magnificent land. Come and see for yourselves!

Much of Greenland's interior is made of the second-oldest ice sheet in the world, the oldest being that of Antarctica. Polar explorers have felt the pull of Greenland's allure for more than a hundred years. The same allure is still present today. With the utmost respect for the untouched wilderness and sparse arctic wildlife, we bring visitors to this remote and magnificent corner of the world. 

Exploring Greenland by sea is a rewarding and fulfilling way of discovering this vast land. As most of the country is covered in ice, only the coastal regions are inhabited. Indeed, most of Greenland's towns are situated on the west coast. Find out more about the different regions below.

Capital: Nuuk

Population: 56,000

Language: Greenlandic, Danish

Land area: 2,166,086km2

Religion: Protestant

Currency: Danish crown (Kroner, DKK)

That Greenland is the world's largest island? And 81% of the island is covered in thousand-year-old ice!

Regions

Disko Bay
The town of Ilulissat is beautifully situated on the west Greenland coast in the Disko Bay. Despite its northerly location of almost 300km north of the Polar Circle, it is a lively, friendly and colourful town. During the summer, travellers come to see the Disko Bay’s impressive icebergs bathed in the rays of the midnight sun. The Disko Bay and Ice Fjord’s gigantic icebergs can be experienced from land, sea and air. Visitors during the winter will have just as fantastic an experience as the northern lights light up the dark sky with their dancing streaks. The town of Aasiaat is on an island part of an archipelago in the southern part of the Disko Bay, often referred to as the ‘land of thousand islands’. Many of the islands in the area are protected and provide excellent opportunities to study the unique bird life and the region’s whales.
South Greenland
South Greenland with its almost balmy climate compared to the north is a colourful concoction of Inuit and Norse ruins, charming towns, small villages and sheep farms. Plenty of hiking, fishing and farm holidays are on offer in the towns of Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik and Narsarsuaq.
East Greenland
The more remote East Greenland is less populous than the west coast. Greenland’s only national park makes up a large part of eastern Greenland. Encompassing a total of 970,000sq km, it is also the world’s largest national park. The huge tundra expanses are home to musk oxen, caribou, polar bears, Arctic hares, wolves, foxes. The park’s fjords and coastal inlets provide a haven for seals, walruses and whales. During the summer, it’s possible to sail among icebergs, enjoy awe-inspiring helicopter rides over glaciers or the ice cap, go kayaking, embark on a whale safari or try fishing. During the winter, skiing is a popular activity, or going on a tundra safari, or simply enjoy the beautiful northern lights’ reflection on the snow-covered mountains. Dog sledding is another popular pastime for visitors. The Greenlandic sled dog originated from the wolf and has acclimatised to the arctic climate. The dogs are robust and exceptionally strong. Twelve-fifteen dogs can pull a sled carrying several hundred kilos of fish from the coast to the fish plant.
West Greenland
West Greenland is the most populous region of Greenland. Approximately half of the country’s population of 56,000 inhabitants live in the larger towns along the west coast, in particular Sisimiut and Manitsoq in the north, and Paamiut and Nuuk, the capital city, in the south. Nuuk, with its 17,000 inhabitants, is one of the world’s smallest capital cities. The gateway to the rest of the world is the international airport at Kangerlussuaq. This is also where most trips to the ice sheet take places and where chances of seeing musk ox are good. Whale spotting in the waters off Paamiut and Nuuk is a rewarding experience.