northern lights over a traditional wooden house, Greenland

Greenland Holidays

Why we like Greenland holidays

A Greenland holiday is as spellbinding as it is diverse. Whether you're travelling in search of solitude in Greenland’s magnificent landscapes, hoping for chance sightings of the local Arctic wildlife or there to experience the ethereal flickering of the Northern Lights, a Greenland holiday offers magical experiences at every turn.

What to expect on your Greenland holiday

Greenland is both the world’s largest island and its least densely populated country. For much of the year it is ice-locked and little visited. Thus, in spite of its name - it was named to try and entice settlers - it is not green, at least not for most of the year. However, as the pack ice breaks up, late summer offers a brief opportunity for a Greenland holiday and a chance to access its dramatic mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs. A window in which to experience Greenland's majestic scenery, iceberg-strewn waters and some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. 

Some ideas for a Greenland holiday

  • Take a cruise around Disko Bay in search of bowhead whales and Arctic wildlife
  • Explore the remote wilderness and wildlife of East Greenland
  • Search for Arctic wildlife including musk ox, gyr falcons and walruses
  • Set sail on an Arctic cruise incorporating Spitsbergen, Iceland and East Greenland
  • One of the best locations to see the Aurora Borealis
  • Learn about indiginous Kalaallit Inuit culture and traditions (Greenlanders call their island Kalaallit Nunaat, literally 'land of the Kalaallit')

Our Greenland holidays expertise

We have been offering expeditionary cruises to Greenland for many years now. Sue, our Greenland holiday specialist, has visited the country many times and will use her detailed knowledge to help plan the perfect Greenland holiday for you.  She has the eastern side of the island and recommends combining a trip to the Canadian Arctic with a visit to western Greenland. Western Greeland includes the immense Disko Bay which is responsible for a vast annual output of icebergs including, supposedly, the iceberg which sunk The Titanic.

Call our travel experts on 01285 885333 to start planning your Greenland holiday.

Greenland FAQs

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What clothing should I take to the Arctic?

It is always best to pack plenty of thin thermal layers rather than one thick layer. For voyages wellington boots, water proof over trousers & a waterproof jacket are essential. Most ships provide wellingtons & we will confirm the inclusions on your itinerary. Some ships also provide water proof outer gear of have this available to hire. You will also need to keep your hands, head, ears and feet warm. The Arctic tends to be quite monochrome so bright coloured clothing tend to stand out in photographs. Aside from clothing a high factor sun cream and sunglasses are considered essential as the glare of snow and water will magnify the effects, insect repellent recommended at some times of the year.

Do I have to be very fit?

Most trips to Greenland are quite active; cruises involving daily walking excursions across the arctic tundra; dog sledding or wildlife watching so to be able to get the most out of it you should be in good general health. 

What are the daylight hours for Greenland?

Owing to its location north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland experiences extreme contrasts in daylight hours between winter and summer. For two to three months in summer there is continuous daylight in Greenland, the so-called midnight sun. The winter darkness (three to four hours' daylight) lasts from about mid-November until the end of January. 

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis or Northern lights are most frequently seen in the autumn and winter months, when the nights are longer and darker. 

What is Capital of Greenland?

The capital of Greenland is Nuuk, lying at 64°10' N, makes it the world's northernmost capital and has been occupied a settlement since 2200 BC 

Are there any quirks I should know about?

Kangerlussuaq is the main International airport but there are no roads to anywhere from here. You can only fly, they also have a church with no vicar, a medical Centre with no Doctor (he flies in for two days a month) and a Norwegian Airbase that rarely has any aircraft. 

Why are the Musk Ox's called 'Thick-headed'?

During the rut Musk Ok males will fight for dominance, this often involves charging at each other from around 20 meters and banging their heads together, similar to a head on collision at 50 kmph! This will continue until the dominant male wins. Often during mating the bull casually kicks the cows foreleg to “calm her down and make her more receptive to his advances”. 

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Inspiration

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