Greenland in a Week
Greenland is not for a person looking to do a cheap trip.
To travel between cities, you almost always either need to take a boat or fly to a different location.
When to go to Greenland?
Most people travel in the summer from June to September. Many of the tour operators stop offering tours as the number of tourists numbers start to drop. One individual indicated that March is the best time to go if you want the opportunity to see the Northern Lights and go dog sledding.
Several people also mentioned to try to avoid towns when cruise ships are in town because many of the activities will get booked up. You can ask the hotels for those dates.
Where to go in Greenland?
The majority of tourists focus on the west part of Greenland.
The most popular cities are:
• Ilulissat (Icefjords)
• Kangerluusuaq (Icecap; best spot to see the northern lights)
• Nuuk (Capital)
These tend to be the three most popular locations in probably descending order of popularity. While most people rave about Ilulissat and Kangerluusuag, there are many people that were not that excited about Nuuk.
POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN ILULISSAT
The most popular activities in Ilulissat are the following:
• Boat Trip(s) in Disko Bay
• Hiking to see Icefjord (Hike to Holms Bakke starting from Ilulissat Kangerlua)
• Calving of Eqi Glacier
• Helicopter Ride (almost $500 USD)
Many people will do multiple trips into Disko Bay. One of the trips will tend to be a “midnight sun” trip where there is a fantastic opportunity to take great photographs
Couple of Helicopter Ride Operators
Couple of Tour Operators in Ilulissat
http://diskoline.dk/en/ (Way to get rides between the different towns in the bay; prices seem reasonsible)
Tour Operators with Trip on West Coast
While not Ilulissat, some people also mentioned Ulummannaq, which is a little farther north
POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN KANGERLUSSUAQ
The most popular spots in Kangerlussuaq:
• Musk Ox Safari (All year around; helicopter air safari – May to Aug)
• Hike on the Icecap (Most all year; some only in Summer)
• Russell Glacier (Year Around)
• Dog Sledding (January – April)
Tour Operators in Kangerlussuaq
POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN NUUK
Since this is not a place that I would travel to in Greenland, I did not do a lot of research on city. Those that did mention going to Nuuk suggested only a couple of days here.
Good Blog Post on Person that is a fan of Nuuk
I would likely combine it with a trip to Iceland.
With that said, I would probably spend a week between Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq.
GOOD WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION ON GREENLAND
These are the best websites regarding Greenland:
• Air Greenland
Good blog post with tips on Greenland:
HOW TO GET TO GREENLAND?
You can get to Greenland from Iceland and/or Denmark.
WHERE ARE BEST SPOTS TO SEE POLAR BEARS?
From my research, it doesn’t seem that likely that you will see a Polar Bear.
Your best option is supposedly to see them when you are on a cruise.
Polar bears are less common in South Greenland.
Thoughts from people on best spot to see wildlife:
WHAT ABOUT EAST GREENLAND?
The most popular spot is Tasiliaq followed by Ittoqqortoormiit.
The most popular thing to do here is take cruise in the fjords and hike in the mountains. Mountains are the highest on the east coast.
You can also go kayaking in the fjords.
WHERE CAN I GO DOG SLEDDING IN SUMMER?
You can take a boat trip to Qeqertarsuaq and then do dog sledding at Lyngmarks Bræ.
Ilulissat is the picture of the town