Like many others, I have neglected Greenland as a travel destination my whole life. My association with the country was nothing but snow, ice and cold temperatures – and we definitely have plenty of this where I come from.
But when I visited the world’s largest island for the first time, the country blew my mind. With its unique Inuit culture, majestic landscapes and icebergs the size of skyscrapers, this beautiful Arctic wonder brought me adventures I will never forget.
Travel in Greenland
Even though Greenland can truthfully be called the world’s largest island, it has a population of no more than 56,500 people. This is despite the fact that in the Greenlandic language the name for Greenland is Kalaallit Nunaat, meaning ‘The Land of People’.
When I arrived to the ice-covered country, though, I understood why the inhabitants of Greenland are considered as the core of the experience in Greenland. These warm, kind and hospitable people were a huge part of my trip. I met them through cultural experiences and in the everyday life in town and villages. Everywhere I went, the uniqueness of Greenland was clear as I met the locals.
The Greenlandic roots are an exciting mix of various immigrating people and their ability to adapt to the Arctic challenges on the Arctic island. From the way they hunt to the number one means of transportation – dog sledding – travel in Greenland offers unique Arctic adventures that I have never seen anywhere else in the world.
I spent the first couple of days experiencing the village, the inhabitants and the areas nearby. Then the day came when I had to sit on a small sled, riding across the inland ice.
Dog Sledding in Greenland
Dog sledding is considered as one of the five core Arctic attractions on Greenland, also known as the Big Arctic Five. Since the ancestors came to Greenland more than 4000 years ago, dog sledding has been the number one mean of transport when going from one place to another.
And one thing is clear – there is definitely something about experiencing the majestic landscapes from a perspective on a dog sled while the sun shines from a cloudless and blue sky. For me, this experience was beyond amazing. Dog sledding allowed me to experience nature’s grandeur along with a cultural twist that warmed my soul.
Whale Watching in Greenland
And the incredible experiences kept on coming. On my third day, I went whale watching, which is also considered as a part of the Big Arctic Five. The boat driver was amazing, giving us a journey that I won’t forget.
When the boat driver cut the engine, I suddenly knew that this was our cue to adjust eyes and ears. Even though it felt like eternity, it was an amazing experience when the beautiful mighty creature came from deep down the ocean to the surface.
It is an unmistakable sound when a whale exhales at the water’s surface. Seeing such a magnificent creature right in front of you is definitely overwhelming. If I have the opportunity, I would do it again. Without a doubt!
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