A visit to Greenland is one that creates memories that will last a lifetime. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it is one that stands out from any other trip in the world. Greenland is a country that's shrouded in arctic mystery and steeped in tradition, and both of these things should be respected - and learned about - when visitors step foot off the plane for the first time.

From the culture to the food, and even the very traditional lifestyles of those who live off the land, the experience is humbling. The country's remoteness gives one a new appreciation for the simplicities in life, including seemingly small things such as a warm meal or a heavy parka. During each season, there's something new and interested to love about Greenland, and this is what visitors can really expect if this beautiful country is on their list.

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The Truth About Visiting Greenland

While much of the country is covered in ice and snow during the winter season, this has little to no bearing on the notion that Greenland isn't equipped to handle tourists. The Arctic is slowly becoming more of a traveler-friendly destination but Greenland has had its borders open for some time now; it's just a common misconception that it makes for a challenging trip. Something to note is that Greenland's towns are much smaller than what many people are used to. For example, the town of Ilulissat, which is the third-largest town in the country, is home to only 3,000 people. This is also the easiest city to reach from the neighboring country of Iceland, and it sits just above the Arctic Circle.

In contrast, Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and is considered a historic town. Back in 2017, the population of Nuuk was more than 17,000; therefore, it really depends on where a traveler chooses to go, as this will influence their experience.

Greenland Is Still Tourist-Friendly

In the country's larger cities, travelers can easily find accommodations and most of them even have WiFi. The largest cities such as Nuuk do offer tours to the surrounding areas so if seeing the more remote parts of the country are of interest, there are plenty of ways to do so. Visitors can rest assured that, similar to visiting Reykjavik in Iceland, they'll be returning to a hotel that features all the modern amenities and might even have a restaurant.

With that being said, transportation is not challenging, merely just different. Since there aren't as many roads in the country that go between major towns and remote villages, planes are the most popular mode of transportation. Boats are another reliable way to get around, and many tours might use marine travel in order to get tourists from place to place. Popular destinations in Greenland that are easily reachable from Iceland or Denmark include:

  • Nuuk (capital city)
  • Kulusuk
  • Ilulissat
  • Kangerlussuaq

Fast Facts Travelers Should Know Before Visiting

  1. Greenland was not, in fact, settled by the Vikings. The Intuit people were the first to settle in this country between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. They traveled from Canada to do so, and more than 80% of the population now consists of Intuit or Intuit-Danish people.
  2. Despite its name, almost 80% of the country is covered in ice. During the summer season, parts of the country are green but only on the south, east, and west coasts of Greenland.
  1. Dogs are not owned as pets in Greenland. Rather, they're kept as working animals and are strictly a Greenlandic breed, which has similar characteristics to the wolf. It's because of this that they're not permitted to roam free, and visitors are not advised to pet any of them.
  2. The food in Greenland is heavily influenced by the culture, which has always relied on the sea for fresh meals. This means that a visit will surely include plenty of fresh seafood, as well as more traditional dishes - don't be surprised to see whale on the menu in more remote towns.

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Should You Visit Greenland?

In short, the answer is yes - but only if travelers can appreciate and respect this unique land and its culture. While the country is easy for tourists to navigate, there's also a chance for them to sit back and learn about the history of this amazing Arctic country.

Those wanting to visit the Arctic should definitely consider adding Greenland to their list, if only for the amazing tours that can show them the best parts of it. From the landscape to the way of life in Greenland, it's a destination that's worthy of a visit.

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