10 Things to See and Do in Greenland

10 Things to See and Do in Greenland

Move over Iceland; there’s a new northern country in town. Long ignored by travelers, Greenland is finally earning its place on the international stage. With vast tracts of wild open spaces, huge ice fields and small, friendly towns with plenty of culture, it’s little wonder that Greenland has been named one of Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2016. If you’re planning to book your ticket to the northernmost capital city in the world, here are 10 ideas to consider adding to your itinerary:

10. Sail Amongst Icebergs

This might seem a bit dangerous at first, but one of the most popular things to do in Greenland is to take an iceberg sailing tour. An expert guide navigates through the narrow passages between icebergs, bringing you up close to one of nature’s most awesome forms of art. While boat excursions are possible at any time of year, summer offers the most open water. The bergs are drifting southward during this time, many of them melting. You might even spot a whale or two! Boat trips are just a way of life for Greenlanders; you’ll probably take a boat just to get from point A to point B a couple of times during your trip. If you do take a tour, keep in mind that there are no official routes, so each trip may take you to a new location, like a waterfall.

Icebergs Greenland

9. Take a Dog Sledding Tour

While boats are popular modes of transport and snowmobiling has largely displaced dog sleds, you can still experience this traditional mode of transport by taking a dog sledding tour during your Greenlandic excursion. There’s nothing quite like the symbiotic relationship between a musher and his dogs, the dogs’ paws pounding out a rhythm over the snow. Even though dog sledding is a wintertime excursion, the colder temperatures will be made more tolerable as you sip a warm cup of tea while bundled up in a sealskin garb and wrapped in a reindeer skin blanket—traditional parts of the dog sled experience! Another part of the experience is a heavy dose of Greenlandic culture, as dog sledding has been an integral part of myths and legends for 5,000 years. Many stories are entwined with dog sledding—and you may hear a few of those tales along the way.

Dog sledding Greenland
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