Greenland is a unique country, both physically and culturally. It has a history which spans back several centuries since it was first settled by Vikings. The country is part of the Kingdom of Denmark but operates with autonomy. Despite having a total population of just 60,000, there is still plenty to see and do in Greenland. It offers visitors an experience unlike any other, largely free from the trappings of city life and urban sprawls. Here are five things that every visitor to Greenland should aim to see and do; if you are stopping over there on business then these sights and activities will give you a taste of what local life is really like.
Greenland has one of the highest rates of renewable energy usage in the world and the majority of this is supplied from geothermal sources. The numerous hot springs which are spread over the entirety of Greenland’s territory all make for great sightseeing, and there is nothing quite like stepping into the warm water from the freezing surroundings. Of particular interest are the springs found on the island of Uunartoq. These are the most popular because the water temperatures remain around 100 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.
The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, are one of this world’s most awe inspiring sights. This spectacular cosmic lightshow can only be viewed from certain areas of the world which are not just in the right geographic location, but are sufficiently free of light pollution for the lights to be seen from the ground. Greenland is one of the best places in the world to witness this natural phenomenon, especially the smaller communities such as Ittoqqortoormiit and Kangerslussauq.
Musk Ox Hunting
The musk ox is a magnificent creature. They are particularly notable for their very thick fur coats and impressive horns. They are also a target that most hunters will not get the chance to add to their trophy collection. While musk ox can be found in Canada and other arctic territories, Greenland is the best place for musk ox hunting. Many hunters in North America have little to no experience hunting on the frozen tundra; this terrain presents its own unique challenges, as well as some spectacular views.
There are very few roads across Greenland, instead communities are connected via snowmobile, boat, or even helicopter. This presents some fantastic sightseeing opportunities for visitors to the country. From high above the ground, you can truly appreciate the cast green and white expanse of the land. There are a number of companies that offer flying tours which include aerial views of icebergs, the hot springs, and the other sights of natural beauty, which Greenland has an abundance of.
Glaciers and Icebergs
Everyone should see an iceberg or glacier up close at least once in their lives. For many of us, this seems like something we will never have the opportunity to do, however while in Greenland there are a number of tour operators who will take you and your group out to see one of these magnificent beauties up close.
When visiting Greenland on business, it would be criminal to not take some time to admire everything that the country has to offer. Greenland is home to many beautiful sights and unique experiences that you would be crazy to miss.