For centuries, Greenland has been out of bounds to all but the sturdiest Inuit communities. Today, the island’s natural might still keeps human advances at bay.
Greenland has always captivated the imaginations of explorers. The wonder of imposing fjords calls them to this land, where cascading glaciers and electric blue icebergs drift like looming spirits. The native Inuits too play a part in the island’s intrigue, whispering the secrets of survival between their furs. And to this day, it’s the majesty of nature that still reels travellers in.
Greenland travel highlights
Go whale-watching in Denmark Strait
If you haven’t yet spotted polar bears or walruses on the bay, cruising through these waters should give you a glimpse of a whale or two.
Be mystified by the northern lights at Ittoqqortoormiit
At the tiny settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, you’ll often get clear skies and brilliant views of the Aurora Borealis.
Take a dip in the Nanortalik Hot Springs
These naturally heated pools have quite a therapeutic effect, especially when teamed with views of drifting icebergs just meters away.
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Greenland travel FAQs
- Australia: No - not required
- Belgium: No - not required
- Canada: No - not required
- Germany: No - not required
- Ireland: No - not required
- Netherlands: No - not required
- New Zealand: No - not required
- South Africa: Yes - required in advance
- Switzerland: No - not required
- United Kingdom: No - not required
- USA: No - not required
Tipping isn’t common practice in Greenland, but feel free to round up the bill if you were particularly pleased with the service. Restaurants will usually include a surcharge on the bill.
Greenland has great internet access. Almost every person on the island has internet, and it’s available at all hotels.
Greenland has good mobile phone service at most villages. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Greenland has modern western-style toilets.
- Beer = 11 USD
- Simple lunch at a cafe = 17 USD
- Dinner in a restaurant = 45 USD
- Train ticket = 3 USD
- Bottle of water = 1.5 USD
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Greenland. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You can use your credit card at major hotels, restaurants and shopping centres and can use your card to get cash from supermarkets. Don’t rely on credit cards when travelling to more remote villages where technology can be unpredictable.
You’ll find plenty of ATMs in Greenland’s major cities and villages, however don’t leave things too late as ATMs shut down in the evening.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Greenland/public-holidays