Formally part of the Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland is an autonomous nation and the world’s largest non-continental island. It has been inhabited for at least the last 4,500 years, with the Inuit arriving in the 13th century. Greenland attracts visitors with its natural wonders, which range from breathtaking fjords to floating icebergs and island hot springs.
Things to do in Greenland
From the colourful streets of Nuuk to the icy landscapes of Ilulissat, Greenland is sure to leave a big impression.
Explore Nuuk. Serving as Greenland’s capital, Nuuk is a colourful city on the country’s south-west coast. Wander between the colonial buildings that dot its historic harbour before getting up close to traditional hunting equipment, Inuit skin boats and carvings at the Greenland National Museum. Nuuk is the departure point for day trips to the magnificent fjord of Nuup Kangerlua.
Visit the Ilulissat Icefjord. One of Greenland’s most visited natural areas is this iceberg-strewn stretch of coastline, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the immense Sermeq Kujalleq glacier from above during a flyover before watching as icebergs calve off its great mass and float out into the coastal waters. Nearby is the Emanuel A Petersen Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection of landscape paintings by the Danish artist.
Relax in the Uunartoq Hot Springs. Believed to have been discovered by Vikings, the uninhabited island of Uunartoq is famed for its natural hot springs that remain at an enticingly warm temperature of 38 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Enjoy a soak in the natural pool surrounded by spectacular mountains while keeping your eyes peeled for floating icebergs and migrating whales.
Getting around Greenland
Kangerlussuaq Airport is the main aviation gateway to the country and has regular flights to destinations across Greenland and Denmark. Nuuk Airport also has services to Reykjavik. Arctic Umiaq Line runs passenger ferries that connect towns along the western and southwestern coast of Greenland. Due to a lack of roads, flights and boats are the most convenient way of getting around.