‘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.
In winter it’s the Northern Lights; in summer, the endless days of the Midnight Sun. There’s the vast, empty tundra; the enormous glaciers that shed tower block-sized chunks into the sea; the ancient glacial coastline peppered with thousands of icebergs; and a fascinating heritage that 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.
Greenland is an autonomous Danish territory, but 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. Flowing at a rate of 20 to 35 metres a day, it deposits a staggering 20 billion tons of ice into the fjord every year. Some of the resulting icebergs are over a kilometre high, their tips rising 100 metres or more above the water. Sailing among them in the glow of the Midnight Sun is, for many, the highlight of any visit to this remarkable North Atlantic island.