Greenland is like no other place in the world. A dog sledding trip is a popular winter activity in North and East Greenland and during the summer period when the sun shines 24 hours a day, the trip can be made on a glacier at an altitude of 800 meters at the town of Qeqertarsuaq on Diskoön. And in the sea outside Nuuk it is possible to see whales.
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Population: 56 200
Language: Greenlandic and Danish
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In the middle of Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland lies the city of Ilulissat. Despite the city’s position 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, this is in every way a highly vibrant, hospitable and colorful city. In the summer you can travel there to see when Disko Bay’s impressive icebergs bathe in the midnight sun. The giant icebergs of Disko Bay and the Ice Fjord can be experienced both from the land side, the water side and from the air. Everyone who visits the city in the winter gets at least as fantastic a phenomenon in return: a trip to the world’s largest cinema in the form of the northern hemisphere’s starry sky, where the dancing northern lights are often one of the main characters. The city of Aasiaat is located on an island in the southern part of Disko Bay in a very beautiful archipelago area that is often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Islands”. Although in the old town there is both a museum and a town hall decorated with 24 paintings by the famous Danish artist Per Kirkeby, it is nature that is the main attraction, just like in so many other places in Greenland. Many of the islands in the area are protected, which provides good opportunities to study the unique bird life and the area’s whales. You can experience more whales at Uummannaq north of the Nuussuaq peninsula – a district dominated by high mountains and glaciers.
Continue the journey to South Greenland where in the villages Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik and the entrance gate Narsarsuaq there are good opportunities for hiking and fishing. It is also a good idea to visit the northerners’ church ruins and farms or train your muscles with more challenging adventures such as kayaking and climbing. There are also some farms in the area, mainly focusing on sheep farming.
In East Greenland, in the summer you can sail among icebergs, take a helicopter ride over glaciers or the ice sheet, kayak, go on a whale safari and recreational fishing. During the winter season, the favorite activities consist of skiing, admiring the light of the northern lights on the snow-capped mountain peaks and of course it is possible to ride a dog sled. The sled dog is an iconic animal in Greenland and has over time become accustomed to the Arctic world and its climate. The dogs are strong – a sled team of 12-15 dogs can pull several hundred kilos of fish from the fishing ports to the factory and is an invaluable help for the Greenlandic fishermen. A trip with a dog sled is not really meant to be a pleasure, but as a tourist it is possible to take a free ride and just enjoy.
According to top-medical-schools, West Greenland is Greenland’s most densely populated region. About half of Greenland’s 56,000 inhabitants live in the larger villages along the coast, mainly in Sisimiut and Maniitsoq as well as in Paamiut and the capital Nuuk in the south, which with its 17,000 inhabitants is one of the world’s smallest capitals. In Nuuk you can follow the country’s history at the Greenland National Museum and also see the well-preserved Qilakitsoq mummies from 1475 AD. Also in this area there are many nature experiences to pick up – musk ox safari and trips with dog sledding at Kangerlussuaq or a trip to the ice sheet. In the sea off Paamiut and Nuuk there are whales, and Sisimiut is a perfect starting point for hiking. And if you want to challenge yourself on skis, this is where the popular Arctic Circle Race takes place.