Major Tourist Attractions: Nuuk, Ilulissat, Uummannaq, Narsaq
With its other-worldly landscape of permafrost, mountains, and looming glaciers, Greenland is an ideal destination for travelers in search of an unusual outdoor adventure.
In Greenland, practically every turn brings a new feature of land and sea. In one area, the colorful tundra and the blue icebergs nearly meet at the coast. In another, the coal black ground gives way to moss-colored hills. Largely uninhabited, the land is occasionally dotted by brightly-colored houses. But, mostly, Greenland is vast, striking, and empty.
Part of the Kingdom of Denmark (but not the European Union), Greenland’s 50,000 citizens live in the least densely populated country in the world. Nearly 90% of the population is Inuit, and the remainder is primarily descended from the country’s early Dutch settlers. They use the Dutch krone for currency but speak predominantly Greenlandic, leading to an interesting mix of cultures.
Nearly all travelers arrive in Greenland via a cruise or by air. Most flight options come from Copenhagen, but there are often limited connections from Iceland or Canada in the summer. Within the country, its landscape makes travel through Greenland difficult. Since there are no roads between towns, the only ways to travel are by plane, dogsled, kayak, or boat.
Travelers can take in the spectacular scenery and a few historic sites in a variety of ways:
- Take a dip in the warm waters of Uunartoq’s thermal pool
- Photograph the stunning landscape
- Kayak and camp in the vast wilderness
- Watch the dramatic birth of glaciers at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord
- Take advantage of prime whale watching during the summer months
- Observe the amazing lights of the Aurora borealis
- Learn about archaeology and history at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
- Visit the Ikateq Airbase, abandoned by the US after World War II with much of the equipment still in place
- Explore the villages of Greenland’s West Coast, including the university town of Sisimut
- See Norse and Inuit artifacts at the Qaqortoq Museum, a former blacksmith's shop
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