Some holidays make such a deep impression you never forget them. They are quite special because the experience was so overwhelming that the memories retain their stength for years to come.
It's true there are no pyramids, temples or impressive man-made attractions here. Nature is Greenland's incomparable attraction. But, on the other hand, it is so amazing it remains crystal clear in your mind for the rest of your life. Nature is the infinitely beautiful background for a variety of activities, a foreign culture and friendly meetings with the hospitable Greenlanders. In other words: You are guaranteed unforgettable holiday memories.
You should see, hear and feel ice
A view of the ice cap is inevitable on every Greenland holiday. You may see it from the deck of a ship, a helicopter, a dog sled or on a hike. When standing in front of it it seems untouchable in all its might. A gigantic ocean of ice, frozen in unchangeable form. In the midst of the silence, an awesome experience in itself, you can hear the ice creaking and heaving. The ice works and moves. In incredibly slow movement it is pushed forward by the pressure of the million of tonnes behind it.
Slowly the ice glides forward towards the glacier when it calves into gigantic ice sculptures. When the ice cap reaches the sea or the fjord, an iceberg is born. The sea is whipped up, waves rise, the ice colossus tumbles around in the water, finds its point of balance and sails at a sedate speed towards the open sea, where icebergs over 300 feet in height form a strange and changing island kingdom.
Ice is almost synonymous with Greenland, even though as a tourist during the summer months, you will see that the country is also green hills, deep fjords and blue sea. And ice is not just the ice cap. Field ice is ocean ice formed in the circumpolar ocean north of Greenland. It glides with the current down along the country's east coast, passes Cape Farewell (Kap Farvel) in the south and moves up along the west coast. Compact ice is formed in the fjords during the winter months where it stops the icebergs on their way to the sea and keeps them in a tight grip until spring, when warmer weather melts the white mass.
The beauty of Inuit Culture
The people who live in the Arctic call themselves Inuit. If anyone deserves the title "everyday heroes" it must be the Inuits. No kings or emperors have lived here, and no temples or castles stand to witness past grandeur. Of course, there are legends and stories about great hunters who achieved distinction, but it is in unity and cooperation that Greenlanders lived and survived. The Inuit community has no class acknowledgement and very limited property rights. Everything, except personal hunting tools and clothes, was considered common property. You will see this view of life reflected in a culture that first and foremost is about enjoying solidarity and good community spirit- in the kaffemik (a social gathering around a coffee table in a Greenlandic home), drum dancing and in the folktales. Traditionally, Greenlanders have not strived to attain useless material goods but have enjoyed the beauty of the things close at hand, first and foremost their beautiful everyday articles and their traditional costume. The same attitude - and sense of quality - is characteristic of many of the items tourists take home with them - furs and gloves, jewelry carved from reindeer horns, knives and artistically made moduls of hunting tools, kayaks and dog sleds.
Experiences in the warmth of the sun
The polar summer - this is the time of the midnight sun and the light nights. Experience the quiet and the grandeur on a hike into almost virgin countyside. Body and soul are affected in a way that is foreign to most people.
Holiday on Ice
The ice is an integral part of Greenland's nature. You can walk on it, sail to it, fly over it and, at some places, also drive to it. At several places it is also possible to take a guided glacier hike.
Among whales and icebergs
For Greenlanders, when the weather is right and the season suitable, sailing on one of the fjords is a natural break and a welcoming highlight of the working week. As a tourist, you can go on a sailing trip almost everywhere in Greenland. Several places offer whale safaris and midnight sailing trips between icebergs well over 300 feet (100 m) high.
A genuine Greenlandic vessel
If not in Greenland, where would you want to try an ocean kayak? The kayak is an invention of the Inuit and has probably been one of their most important tools of survival for thousands of years. Become one with the sea and sky and experience a wonderful kayaking holiday in an idyllic environment.