Greenland

Greenland

Explore icebergs, history, towns, settlements and pristine nature. The Inuit settlements, the icebergs, the unique wildlife and the remote wilderness are some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable destination. Greenland is a huge ice sheet island, surrounded by blue fjords strewn with icebergs. It is a destination for true adventurers who love the Arctic.

Learn ancient land techniques from the Inuit and explore virgin mountain ranges. Observe the whales, the muskox or the king of the arctic: the Polar bear. Go through the area on foot in summer and spring or by skis and dogsledges in winter and spring.

Greenland’s wildlife

Greenland’s wildlife is part of the humanity’s common heritage. The world’s largest island contains a richness of fascinating species of animals that have all adapted to the Arctic climate both on land and in the water. Greenland is the home of 4 different types of whales, and some types visit Greenland occasionally. These include the humpback, the fin whale, the minke whale and the killer whale. Polar bears live predominantly in north and east Greenland but also come to south Greenland, drifting on the field ice. Around 60 species of bird breed in Greenland. Small mammals in Greenland include Arctic foxes, hares, lemmings and ermines. The herds of muskox can be found on the East Coast in the Scoresbysund area. Many varieties of seals, musk oxes and reindeers live in different parts of the island.

The people

Greenland was settled over 4,500 years ago by peoples paleo-eskimo. Towards 1100 d. C. the Thule people arrived, the most modern ancestors of today’s Inuit people. Today the country is also known by its native name, Kalaallit Nunaat, meaning «Land of the Greenlanders» Land mammals immigrated, just like humans, from Canada and Alaska several thousand years ago. Today hunting is an important source of income for only a handful of greenlanders. Culturally, Greenland is characterised by the extreme conditions the population has lived under and the fantastic environment for human existence provided by nature. Today, about 89 percent of Greenland’s population has a Inuit or mixed Inuit/Danish heritage.

Climate

The climate in Greenland is subarctic and arctic, with short, cool summers and bitterly cold winters. The hours of sunlight vary dramatically from season to season in Greenland, three-quarters of which lies north of the Arctic Circle. In winter, spring, summer and autumn there are great opportunities to observe the northern lights, a spectacular natural show.

Places to visit

East Greenland is one of the natural last remaining unspoilt regions on the planet.

Ittoqqortoormiit: It is one of the youngest towns in Greenland and by far the most isolated.

Scoresby Sund: The largest fjord complex in the world.

Liverpoolland: An extensive range of vertical peaks located immediately to the north of Scoresbysund village.

Watkins Mountains: Located on the eastern side of Greenland, approximately 80 km northeast of Kap Normann at the coast, it contains the ten highest mountains in the Arctic.

Tasiilaq: The largest town in East Greenland, with a population of around 1,700. The town is beautifully located in a fjord surrounded by high mountains.

Kulusuk: It is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality, in southeastern Greenland. Population: 267 (2013) in the settlement. Previously, the island of Kulusuk was the most densely populated place in the Ammassalik region, because of the good fishing grounds and hunting opportunities. Kulusuk is situated on a small rocky island between jagged mountains and extensive fjords, and is almost always surrounded by icebergs and a glittering ice sea. Previously, the island of Kulusuk was the most densely populated place in the Ammassalik region, because of the good fishing grounds and hunting opportunities. In 1930, there were 165 people in the settlement at Kulusuk, in comparison to just 112 in Tasiilaq. Today, about 300 inhabitants make Kulusuk the region’s third largest settlement after Kuummiut and Tasiilaq. The main industry in Kulusuk is still hunting and fishing.

Sermiligaaq and around: Sermiligaaq meaning, The beautiful glacierfiord. Population 222 (2010). Sermiligaaq is found approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Tasiilaq, in the beautiful Sermiligâq Fjord. The small colourful wooden houses are located on the southern part of a large peninsula on the main land of East Greenland. Sermiligaaq is an active and well functioning fishing and hunting settlement. The waters around the settlement are habitat for Halibut and Redfish. The catch is sold to the fishing plant in Kuummiut. Besides fishing four kinds of seals are hunted along with narwhales and polar bears. In the bottom of the large fjord you’ll find two large and active glaciers: «Knud Rasmussen Glacier» and «Kârale Glacier». From Sermiligaaq it’s a 20 kilometres hike to the glacier system.The water in the Sermiligâq Fjord is coloured by sediments from the glacier activities, giving the fjord a characteristic milky blue colour. In the Ikateq Fjord connecting Sermiligaaq and Kuummiut you’ll find the abandoned American airbase, founded shortly after World War II.

Kuummiut and around: Kuummiut is the largest settlement in Ammassalik, is located 40 kilometres northeast of Tasiilaq, deep in the Ammassalik Fjord at the crossing of 3 fjords. From the settlement you have a breathtaking view down the fjord onto Denmark’s Strait. Kuummiut was established as a mission station in 1915. The famous East Greenlandic artist and teacher Karale Andreassen was born in Kuummiut in 1890, as the son of the Inuit’s spiritual leader, the Shaman Mitsivarniánga. This population is not scheduled to visit. The Kârale Glacier is one of the major glaciers in the area north of Kuummiut, adjoining glaciers of all sizes and characteristics, and the countless peaks rising above the glaciers.

Schweizerland Alps: Mountain range in the Ammasalik area. Its highest mountain is the Mt Forel (3360 m).

Greenland Ice Cap: Is a vast body of ice covering roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. It is the second largest ice body in the world.

Who travels with us to Greenland?

The adventurers who feel a truly wanderlust.

This trip will be legendary and will leave stories behind that you’ll be telling for the rest of your life!

Our tours are personal experiences, non traditional sightseeing.

 

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