Stretching approximately 2,800 kilometres from north to south and approximately 1,000 kilometres from east to west, Greenland is the world’s biggest island.
Most expedition and small ship cruises visit Greenland from mid-July to mid-August and go to East Greenland while a number of actual Greenland cruises begin near the international airport in Kangerlussuaq on the west coast. Greenland is an exciting destination in the Arctic for all adventure minded travelers and has so much to offer to even an experienced explorer:
Wildlife - Sea eagles, seals, whales, musk oxen and polar bears. Greenland’s wildlife is rich and extremely diverse. You will encounter it out in the wilderness and on guided safaris. Glaciers - Get right up close to massive glaciers on the edge of towns and settlements. Flora - Greenland is much greener than most people think. Colourful flowers, lush meadows and hardy plants spring up when the summer's mild winds blow. Icebergs - These are majestic natural works of art heading out to sea. These sculptures that are up to 100 metres high are a formidable sight and are best seen in the summer. The Ice Sheet - The vast scale of the ice cap puts the world in its proper perspective – whether you see it from a dog sled, the sea, on a pair of skis or in a pair of walking boots. The Midnight Sun - See the warm and magical light of the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, which makes it possible to go sailing or hiking no matter what time of day it is. The Northern Lights - They remind you of the seemingly infinite beauty in Greenland. The best time to see the Northern Lights is on a dark, clear autumn or winter night. The National Park - Greenland’s National Park, which is the largest in the world, is a vast Arctic paradise. It is home to an incredible range of wildlife and most spectacular scenery. History - It has a tangible presence. Traditional ways of life, the art of storytelling and handicrafts form apart of modern society. Inuit Culture - The Greenlandic roots are an exciting mix of various immigrating peoples and their ability to adapt to the Arctic challenges on the world’s largest island.
Popular Greenland destinations include:
• North 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.
• Capital Region. 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.
• South Greenland. 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.
• East Greenland - most popular small ship cruise and expedition destination. Here, 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.
Regardless of the ship type and irrespectively of your choice of season, be it early in summer when whales are abundant or on the edge of autumn when the northern lights come out, a cruise in Greenland is the perfect way to experience the country. If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to Greenland Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences.