Greenland Travel Guide

The immense island of Greenland occupies the no man's land at the top of the Atlantic Ocean, and it doesn't seem to belong anywhere. Often overlooked by travellers, it has historical and cultural ties to Denmark but is part of the North American continent.

Greenland does, however, hold secret wonders in its stunning Nordic landscape, including majestic mountain ranges, jagged fjords and giant glaciers. Sparsely populated, the island is a paradise for outdoor adventurers keen on activities such as kayaking, hunting, fishing, mountaineering, dog sledding, whale watching, and scuba diving. Truly an all-season travel destination, Greenland is also a popular place to see both the Northern Lights and the famed Midnight Sun, which keeps the northern parts of the island sunny for weeks on end in summer.

Greenland's population is small and scattered and the cultures of the local Inuit tribes blend with the heavy Scandinavian influences to create a unique blend of Europe and North America that proves fascinating to intrepid explorers. Many quaint villages lie along the country's west coast, including popular towns such as Nanortalik, Qassiarsuk, and the capital city of Nuuk.

The towns and cities of Greenland can't compete with global capitals in terms of nightlife and shopping, but the frontier feel of the settlements is supported by good infrastructure for active holidays, including good hotels and restaurants, interesting museums, and cultural attractions. Largely unexplored by package holiday tourists, travelling to Greenland allows an opportunity to trek off the beaten path and experience the undiscovered treasures of the north Atlantic.