50 Reasons to Visit Greenland

Greenland, a massive island and autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is about 80% covered in ice. Most of its small population lives along the ice-free, fjord-lined coast, particularly in the southwest. Here are 50 Reasons to Visit Greenland.

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    Nuuk

    Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It is the seat of government and the country's largest cultural and economic center. The major cities closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John's in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland.

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    Ilulissat

    Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350 km north of the Arctic Circle.

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    Kangerlussuaq

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    Kangerlussuaq, is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name. It is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport.

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    Qaqortoq

    Qaqortoq, formerly Julianehåb, is a town in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. With a population of 3,229 in 2013, it is the most populous town in southern Greenland and the fourth-largest town on the island.

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    Kulusuk

    Kulusuk, formerly Kap Dan, is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland, located on an island of the same name.

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    Qaanaaq

    Qaanaaq, formerly Thule or New Thule, is the main town in the northern part of the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. It is one of the northernmost towns in the world.

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    Narsarsuaq

    Narsarsuaq is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. It had 158 inhabitants in 2010.

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    Ittoqqortoormiit

    Ittoqqortoormiit or Illoqortormiut, formerly known as Scoresbysund, is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in eastern Greenland. Its population is 452 as of 2013.

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    Nanortalik

    Nanortalik, formerly Nennortalik, is a town in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. With 1,337 inhabitants in 2013, it is the tenth-largest town in the country.

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    Sisimiut

    Sisimiut, formerly Holsteinsborg, is a town in central-western Greenland, located on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately 320 km north of Nuuk.

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    Uummannaq

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    Uummannaq is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality, in northwestern Greenland. With 1,282 inhabitants in 2013, it is the eleventh-largest town in Greenland, and is home to the country's most northerly ferry terminal.

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    Aasiaat

    Aasiaat or Ausiait, formerly Egedesminde, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located in the heart of Aasiaat Archipelago at the southern end of Disko Bay.

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    Qeqertarsuaq

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    Qeqertarsuaq is a port and town in Qaasuitsup municipality, located on the south coast of Disko Island on the west coast of Greenland.

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    Tasiilaq

    Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik and Angmagssalik, is a town in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland.

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    Paamiut

    Paamiut, formerly Frederikshåb, is a town in southwestern Greenland in the Sermersooq municipality.

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    Disko Bay

    Disko Bay is a bay on the western coast of Greenland. The bay constitutes a wide southeastern inlet of Baffin Bay.

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    Maniitsoq

    Maniitsoq, formerly Sukkertoppen, is a town in western Greenland located in the Qeqqata municipality.

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    Disko Island

    Disko Island is a large island in Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland. It has an area of 8,578 km², making it the second largest island of Greenland and one of the 100 largest islands in the world.

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    Traill Island

    Traill Island is a large island in eastern Greenland. It is named after zoologist Thomas Stewart Traill. The highest point of the island is 1884 m. Traill Island is a part of the Northeast Greenland National Park.

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    Melville Bay

    Melville Bay, is a large bay off the coast of northwestern Greenland. Located to the north of the Upernavik Archipelago, it opens to the south-west into Baffin Bay. Its Kalaallisut name, Qimusseriarsuaq, means "the great dog sledding place".

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    Clavering Island

    Clavering Island is a large island in eastern Greenland, to the west of Wollaston Foreland.

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    Kulusuk Island

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    Kulusuk Island is an island in the Sermersooq municipality on the southeastern shore of Greenland. It is an outlying island in the Ammassalik archipelago of islands on the coast of the North Atlantic.

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    Uummannaq Fjord

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    Uummannaq Fjord is a large fjord system in the northern part of western Greenland, the largest after Kangertittivaq fjord in eastern Greenland.

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    Dog Sledding

    Arctic temperatures and several meters of snow are no match for the natural impressions and cultural twist that will warm your soul while dog sledding in Greenland.

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    Northern lights

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    Northern lights or the Aurora Borealis is one of the great surprises of the Arctic night, and you can experience this multicoloured light show from September to April.

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    Snowmobiles

    Snowmobiles are an integrated part of everyday life in Greenland, they give us freedom and mobility during the winter, and we use snowmobiles for transportation, work and sports.

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    Hiking

    Follow hiking trails in Greenland to reach mountaintops or traverse long distances. Or forge your own route and stand in no one’s footsteps but your own.

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    Heliskiing

    In many ways Greenland is the spiritual home of heliskiing. Mountain upon mountain offers first descents in a landscape where glaciers often flow straight from the ice cap to the coast.

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    Diving

    Cold water diving in Greenland takes place in clear waters with icebergs, historic shipwrecks, strange plant life and action-packed dives at the mouth of a fiord or bay.

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    Coastal Ferry

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    Meet locals and watch the Greenland coastline change from green hills to steep granite peaks on board Sarfaq Ittuk, the only coastal ferry in Greenland.

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    Boat Tours

    Source: greenland.net

    Set out on a boat trip in Greenland to open up a world of fjords, whales, and nearby villages.

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    Kayaking

    The kayak is a cultural link between the earliest immigrants in Greenland, the common everyday experience by local kayakers and the modern rugged adventure expeditions.

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    Midnight Sun

    Turn your sights northward to the Arctic Circle in Greenland to find relaxation and new energy in the land of the midnight sun.

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    Snowshoeing

    Explore winter in Greenland the slow way, hiking through the landscape on snowshoes with a seasoned guide and a group of friends.

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    Go on a Photo Tour

    Photo tours in Greenland add new dimensions to landscapes and culture, wildlife and natural phenomena when the destination is explored through a lens.

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    Hot Springs

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    There are hot springs in several places in Greenland, but only at Uunartoq in Southern Greenland is the spring used as a pool, frequented all year round by local and foreign visitors.

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    Meet Greenlanders

    Modern Greenland is a diverse, geographically extensive society with an adventurous population.

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    Flightseeing

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    Experiencing Greenland from the air provides a new perspective of the enormous size of the country, and the conditions for life in the Arctic.

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    Wildlife

    Polar bears, humpback whales, musk oxen, walruses, reindeer and sea eagles are just some of the many species that you may experience by land, air and sea around Greenland.

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    River Fishing

    Greenland Arctic char fishing is for the discerning connoisseurs who want a wilderness experience in remote mountain valleys with pristine fast-flowing rivers and clear water fishing.

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