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Whether you want to crane your neck at the cruise ship-dwarfing icebergs of the north, or hike the green-cloaked mountains of the south, Greenland is full of contrasts.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to the remote, raw wilderness of the Arctic Circle or the isolated and culturally-rich east.

Whatever direction you head in, Greenland is bound to offer you an adventure of a lifetime.

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With vast swathes of wilderness, fantasy-book-worthy wildlife and a population smaller than that of a Surrey village, Greenland is a bewitching place of raw natural beauty. Here’s why you should go…
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North Greenland

Calling all iceberg junkies, sun addicts and dog lovers. The north of Greenland is for you. Drive your own dog-sled as you can taste the crisp air and appreciate the stunning scenery rushing past. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Illulissat icefjord, where icebergs shimmer on the water’s surface like a thousand shards of glass under a sun that never sets.

South Greenland

One glimpse of the south and you’ll see how Greenland got its name. Hike from farm to farm across the mountains, looking down at the sea ice flowing past. Feel a warm welcome from the villages you visit and listen to the locals’ cultural stories. Warm up in a natural hot spring and appreciate the power and beauty of nature all around you.

The Arctic Circle

The urban city of Sisimiut, with its orange glow radiating warmth from its brightly coloured houses is a real comfort inside the vast, remote and rough Arctic Circle. Sisimiut is the perfect base for adventure, from where you can hike the never-ending white-powdered landscape, spot polar bears, Arctic foxes and whales, and kayak among the glittering icebergs. If you want a real polar adventure, this one’s for you.

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East Greenland

The east is for those who like to get outside all year round. This mountain-dominated part of the country offers ample opportunities to strap on some skis, paddle a kayak, climb the steepest of slopes and walk across the Ice Cap. Don’t forget to pause to appreciate the unique culture of the Innuit communities in the east. And keep your eyes peeled and fingers crossed for the northern lights.

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When is the best time of year to go to Greenland?

The climate in Greenland is sub-Arctic: summer is surprisingly comfortable, averaging 17°C, but temperatures plunge as low as -40°C in January.

Peak tourist season is mid-May to mid-September. However, when you should go depends entirely on what activities you’re interested in. Whenever that may be, make sure you’re prepared for changeable conditions.

Summer in Greenland

The short Greenlandic summer starts in June and finishes around early September time. If you’re not a fan of snow and would prefer more greenery, wildlflowers and waterfalls then summer is for you.

You also have a higher chance of seeing more diverse birdlife as well as whales. And if you’re energetic you can enjoy scenic hiking, cycling and kayaking all under the midnight sun that never sets.

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Winter in Greenland

Winter in Greenland runs from October to May and is perfect for anyone who gets excited over all that white stuff – you’re guaranteed a white winter in Greenland.

Expect snow adventures such as skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding. For a chance to see the northern lights, visit between September and April. Make sure you jump aboard a ship for a tour of the immense icebergs, too.

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Wildlife experiences in Greenland

It’s not just the snow that makes Greenland so majestic – the wildlife is spectacular, too.

Whether you’re listening for the snow to crunch under the weight of a polar bear’s paw or feeling the splash on your face from a nearby whale diving under the icy waters, Greenland will offer you the chance to spot rare creatures…

Polar bear

You’ll most likely see Greenland’s rarest and most exciting animal on the sea ice, feasting on seals.

Humpback whale

Increase your chance of a whale sighting by visiting the southeast coast in summer.


Sail through east Greenland and in the Davis Strait and baffin Bay to see walrus.

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Head inland during summer to see hundreds of Greenland’s grazing reindeer, also called caribou.

White-tailed eagle

Find Greenland’s largest bird on the southern part of the west coast of the country.

Musk ox

To see tens of thousands of these hefty and furry creatures, visit the wild herds in Kangerlussuaq. 

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Is it safe to travel in Greenland?

The most dangerous thing about Greenland is the weather – not just because of its Arctic temperatures but also because of its unpredictability.

When hiking, it’s essential to tell people where you are going and when you expect to be back. Conditions can change quickly so take it seriously, pack survival rations and be prepared for the cold.