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Icefjord at Ilulissat, Greenland

Greenland

An ever-shifting landscape

Greenland tailor-made holidays

Introduction

‘When you’ve seen the world, there’s always Greenland’ goes the old adage. But the magnificent scenery and extremes of nature found here are like something from another world altogether.

And, while it might be an autonomous Danish territory, it’s hard to image anywhere further removed from the green hills of Jutland or the trendy bars and cafes of bustling Copenhagen. Here, the landscapes are vast and spectacular, dramatic and ever-changing. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord in western Greenland, for example, is the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Icebergs in Narsaq, southern Greenland
Narsaq, southern Greenland

Greenland's unique cultural and natural world

In winter it’s the Northern Lights that illuminate the arctic skies; in summer, the endless glow of the Midnight Sun. There’s the vast, empty tundra, the enormous glaciers that shed tower block-sized chunks into the sea and the ancient glacial coastline peppered with thousands of icebergs. It's all wrapped up in a fascinating heritage, which combines the influence of Scandinavia and the ancient traditions of the native Inuit. These are just some of the attractions in and around the world’s largest non-continental island.

Uummannaq, northern Greenland
Uummannaq, northern Greenland

Greenland's arctic widlife

Amid all of the wild beauty, there's wildlife in abundance, from musk ox to reindeer to roaming polar bears. And, off the coast, migratory humpbacks breach between the giant icebergs, while tusked narwhals emerge between cracks in the thick seas ice. Indeed, the rich seas are a  playground for all manner of whale species, with guided cruises bringing you out to spot belugas, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales – the mightiest of them all. On the shore walruses tussle for space with bearded and Greenland seals as millions of seabirds – auks, guillemots and terns among them – swoop overhead.

 Humpback whale, Greenland
Humpback whale, Greenland

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
4 hours

Time zone
GMT -3

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Special offers in Greenland

RCGS Resolute, Antarctica

Northwest Passage & Greenland with One Ocean

15-day expedition cruise from £15,685 pp incl. flights

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Sailing from the dramatic Arctic archipelago to Greenland, this expedition voyage takes in everything from mighty icebergs and unique wildlife to Inuit and frontier settlements. It’s all brought to life by included lectures and excursions.

Top itineraries in Greenland

Fishing in Greenland (Photo by Uri Golman - Visit Greenland)

Volcanoes & Ice: Iceland & Greenland

7-day tailor-made tour from £3,145 pp incl. flights

Combine the colourful city of Reykjavik with the Iceberg town of Ilulissat in Greenland. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in addition due to the town's location north of the Arctic Circle it’s a fantastic place to look for the Northern lights.

Colorful houses, Ilulissat, Greenland

The Iceberg Town of Ilulissat, Greenland

7-day tailor-made journey from £2,290 pp incl. flights

Visit Ilulissat in western Greenland, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see gigantic icebergs on this spectacular tailor-made journey.

Icefjord at Ilulissat, Greenland

Illulissat Winter Break

7-day tailor-made journey from £2,575 pp incl. flights

There are very few places in the world – if any in fact – where you stand a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights than in Greenland, a country where dramatic fjords and towering glaciers make up one of Scandinavia's most spectacular winter landscapes.

Top places to stay in Greenland

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

Luxury cruise ship

Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ship Silver Explorer is designed specifically for navigating the waters of some of the world’s remotest destinations; it’s just as comfortable in the earth’s polar regions as it is here in the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

Hotel Arctic (Photo by Siggi Anton - Visit Greenland)

Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland

Traditional hotel

The world’s northernmost 4-star hotel offers unsurpassed views of passing icebergs and the ethereal Northern Lights.

Aurora Expeditions - Greg Mortimer

Aurora Expeditions' Greg Mortimer

Luxury cruise ship

Named after Aurora Expeditions' co-founder, this brand-new expedition ship combines cutting-edge technology and eco-credentials with adventurous routes through the Arctic and beyond.

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