Greenland has attracted pioneers from all over the world. It is a country where nature and climate are king. Did you know that nobody owns land in Greenland and that their ancestors invented the Kayak, which today is used for recreation and to remember and respect their past? If you are interested in adventure be sure to ask your Personal Travel Manager for tips to this stunning destination.
Icebergs are magnificent works of nature, spanning across the entire coast of Greenland. The biggest icebergs are in the north and the smaller but equally impressive icebergs can be found in the south.
Only the top of an iceberg is visible above the water’s surface, leaving much to the imagination. The largest icebergs tower to the equivalent of a 15-storey building. The smaller icebergs in the south are often a turquoise colour. They appear in many different shapes and forms and are often considered as works of art. Take a sightseeing boat tour in between the icebergs and experience just how spectacular a sight they are.
If you are visiting Nuuk, Qeqertarsuaq or Aasiaat, make sure to experience a whale safari. There are about 20 whale species in Greenland and in those areas the chances of spotting whales are high. You’ll see species such as; fin whales, humpback whales and minke whales in addition to the bowhead whale and blue whale.
It is spectacular sight to see the giants of the sea come up to the surface. They are best experienced from a boat, which may result in your heart skipping a beat as a 70 tonne whale swims underneath you. Don’t worry though, the whales are used to being observed and are quite friendly and harmless.
The biggest predator in Greenland is the polar bear. It is remarkable in nature and is rarely seen as it resides in the west and north, as far away from inhabited areas as possible. Instead there is a good chance to spot other impressive creatures such as the musk oxen and reindeer as well as mountain hares and arctic foxes.
Midnight Sun and Northern Lights
The midnight sun during the summer will leave you breathless. Leave your watch behind and enjoy the never-ending rays of sunshine. It can be experienced north of the Arctic Circle lasting anywhere from one day to five months, depending on how far north you go. In central Greenland the sun does not set from the end of May till the end of July, which you may think can cause sleep problems. Luckily most accommodation providers have blackout curtains to help you get the sleep you need.
The northern lights are another natural phenomenon that can be experienced whilst visiting Greenland. From early autumn, the northern lights can regularly be seen across the night sky as velvet green and yellow lights dancing across the sky. The lights appear when the sun’s electrical particles collide with the earth’s atmosphere at a height of approximate 100 kilometres. It must be dark to see the northern lights, making it impossible to see during summer due to the midnight sun.
The list of sights to see and things to experience is endless. You may be interested in; ice fishing, kayaking and mountain climbing, dogsledding or even visiting the hot springs. We suggest you begin planning a trip to this remarkable wonder of the world.
Find out more about visiting Greenland from your local, personal travel manager. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/