Greenland is something else and a place that is totally out of this world. What we are saying is that this autonomous destination in the Kingdom of Denmark is truly the most stunning place you would have ever seen or will ever see in your lifetime. The population is quite less with just around 60,000 in number, earning the title of the most sparsely populated country in the world. This largest non-continental island on the earth features the most impressive tourist attractions. The locations are really amazing with inland ice being a kilometer thick with a static appearance but do crack and creak as it expands and shifts. And the green mountains are so alluring with breathtaking fjords, hot springs, beautiful wildflowers, clean air, and crystal clear skies that you won’t want to come back from there. Transport is somewhat uncommon with virtually no roads. So in case you need to navigate, you can do by sled, airplane, boat or a snowmobile. These things also some of the best activities you can do in while in Greenland. So get ready to explore this fascinating place with the help of top attractions listed below.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Your visit to Greenland would be totally incomplete if you don’t get to witness the biggest light show on the earth. Yeah! we are talking about the stunning and fascinating northern lights here. You can’t afford to miss this incredible natural spectacle and in case this is your sole purpose to visit Greenland, then plan your visit in winter. There is a high chance to witness the amazing Aurora Borealis in between November and March. But if you need the clearest view then December through February will be the best months. The best places to have a fine view are Ittoqqortoormiit (east), Kangerlussuaq (west), and Qaqortoq (south).
Uunartoq Hot Springs
Though the climate of Greenland is quite cold and harsh, if you move to the south, you will find many hot springs that are perfect to take a soothing bath. We are talking about the uninhabited island of Uunartoq that has the perfect temperature for you to enjoy a relaxing bath. Immerse yourself in one of its natural heated spring while taking in views of the amazing icebergs and stunning mountain peaks. The place is just a short boat ride away from the town of Ilulissat. And the best part is you won’t find many tourists here as noted by the United States Geological Survey.
It is a small town that has a population of around 500 people. Kangerlussuaq is quite popular for two major reasons. One, it is a favorite starting point for hiking to the Arctic Circle trail and second, you can easily access the Greenland ice sheet from here. Book a tour to the ice sheet that is just 30 kilometers away and is of just half-an-hour duration. The place is one of the few ones that can be reached without a helicopter. In case, you need to go on a shorter hike than the Arctic Circle Trail, you can climb the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain.
It is the most popular place to see in the Southern part of Greenland. What are the Viking Ruins? They are the remnants of Eric the Red’s thousand-year-old Norse colonies. There used to be settlements of around 5000 Norsemen here. And why all of them vanished still remains a mystery. You should definitely pay a visit to these ruins as the journey is in itself is quite fascinating. They take you back in time and gives an insight into the lives of the hardy hunter-gatherers.
It is basically a fishing village that is home to some of the brightly painted houses. You can reach here by climbing a hillside above the harbor. It has a museum in its vicinity known by the name of Qaqortoq Museum which displays some amazing artifacts from the Norse, Thule and Dorset cultures. They have beautifully depicted history through artifacts by including kayaks and harpoons.This entry was posted in Featured, Travel