5 of the coolest places to visit in Greenland
With its extensive landscape, 85% of which is ice sheet, Greenland is truly an awe-inspiring and magical country at any time of the year. Some of its incredible experiences include whale spotting, beautiful displays of the northern lights and glacier boat tours.
Here are 5 must-see sights and activities to pay a visit to when you visit Greenland:
Gaze up at the Northern Lights on a winter safari
A favourite and must-see of any visitor to Greenlands is the night sky’s most spectacular phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis. The best time to see the northern lights in Ilulissat is between September 18 to December. Drive away from the lights of the town and go to where the darkness is most intense on a cold winter’s night when the sky is at its clearest.
Unwind in the hot springs of Uunartoq
Take a dip in the relaxing Uunartoq springs which are the only accessible thermal springs in Greenland. Used as a pool and “holiday resort” by many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs, this natural experience in such a unique environment will leave you de-stressed and content while you watch icebergs float on the water only a few meters away in the fjord.
Get your shopping fix in Nuuk
For those who love a bit of retail therapy, Nuuk is the place for you. In this small town, you will find unique shops with lots of great design. Not far from here you will also find Anori Art at the Nuuk Center, selling Greenlandic, handmade souvenirs for you to take home to loved ones.
Take the boat trip to Sermia, The Calving Glacier
Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. By boat, you can get extremely close to the glacier allowing you to truly appreciate it’s sheer enormity as huge pieces of ice break off from the glaciers main body. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is astonishing. Along the route, you may also be lucky enough to spot some whales and seals and the steep mountains offer a variety of birdlife and beautiful waterfalls.
Have a whale of a time on the open waters
Greenland offers visitors the opportunity to get up close with the local giants, the whales! 15 different species inhabit Greenland at various times of the year with the most frequently seen whale being the humpback. Three of these (the narwhal, beluga and bowhead whale) remain in Greenland during the winter while the Blue whales and killer whales are seen less often.
Thank you to the experts at www.baltictravelcompany.com for providing these tips.