Five regions in Greenland
From the Disko Bay area in central West Greenland to the polar extremes of the far north, the scale of Destination North Greenland is hard to fathom. Along a coastline stretching thousands of miles lie small communities based on hunting and fishing, in a land ruled by the polar night in winter and the summer’s midnight sun.
The Ilulissat Icefjord and the Disko Bay are known for diversity in landscapes and wildlife, high quality hotels, and culinary experiences. From the strange volcanic rocks along the hiking trails on
Qeqertarsuaq and the island’s summer dog sledding on the Lyngmark Glacier, to the many whales and birds in the bay, to the constant flow of massive icebergs from one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers, this is a concentrated slice of Greenland.
Further north, the Uummannaq archipelago and kayaking adventures in Upernavik open up a remote world of experiences culminating at the top of Greenland in the small town of Qaanaaq, where subsistence hunting is a way of life.
Destination Arctic Circle is home to Greenland’s only road to the Ice Cap, a dog sledding route linking the country’s second largest town Sisimiut to the international airport in Kangerlussuaq, the world’s toughest ski race Arctic Circle Race, unspoiled river angling in remote mountain valleys, and top notch heliskiing around the Eternity Fjord, to name but a few.
Adventure is at the core of the journey in Destination Arctic Circle and the region’s diversity of experiences brings you right to the heart of modern Greenland.
Dog sledding, skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and kayaking are activities deeply embedded in the region’s human history. They form the backbone of many of the greatest adventures in Destination Arctic Circle.
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is an Arctic metropolis with a small town feel, shaped by nature and known for its cultural diversity. As a city break in Greenland it mixes shopping, whale watching, skiing, and fine dining into a cosmopolitan experience with a backcountry twist where innovative, adaptive people, and trendsetting artists meet office workers, fishermen and hunters. Organic Greenlandic ingredients meet Thai spices in gourmet restaurants and cozy takeaway stores in Nuuk. Legends and traditions are reinterpreted by local artists, musicians, and designers.Icons like the Northern Lights-inspired Katuaq Cultural Center serve as a reminder of the nature that is an ever-present part of life in Greenland.
While Nuuk is the colourful heart of this nation, the smaller communities of Paamiut south of the capital and Kapisillit in the Nuuk Fiord are places to kick back and spend time in the outdoors, either en route with the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk or on a weekend holiday.
Destination South Greenland is a land of jagged mountains and green pastures where sheep farms directly border ice fjords, and Norse settlement history intersects with modern Greenlandic fishing and hunting communities. Fresh vegetables, natural hot springs on a remote island, big wall climbing, and fjord kayaking abound in South Greenland.
Dirt roads and hiking trails between farming communities, and a great band of sea ice flowing straight down from the northern seas are all unique South Greenlandic elements.
All this is tied together by a distinct South Greenlandic culture with strong ties to the history of the North Atlantic and a sense of sharing stories and welcoming guests.
Destination East Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made their home.
East Greenlandic culture is deeply rooted in myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure.
Ice fiords, hiking, heliskiing, small settlements, northern lights, and boat rides combine to make East Greenland a year round destination, and the main town Tasiilaq also acts as the gateway for adventurers on longer climbing, kayaking, Ice Cap, and mountaineering expeditions in the rugged backcountry.