About Greenland


Greenland is as equally big as little known. It is the largest island in the world with a surface area of half of Europe. The population consists of only 56,000 people, the whole area is mostly covered with snow. The harsh climates and unique landscapes make the “Green Island” an increasingly popular destination for tourists.

On the island, you will find everything you can expect from the polar world – a huge ice sheet covering the whole island, rocky shores, fjords, and ice mountains. You can find numerous varieties of Polar animals, such as bears, owls, sharks or shrimps. You will also find the ruins of the Viking settlement here and the characteristic wooden buildings of the Danish colonists.

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What's interesting on the island?


Greenland is the largest island in the world, extremely picturesque, still unexplored, and because of its “inaccessibility” very attractive for tourists thirsty for arctic impressions. Although we won’t find many historical monuments here, the island offers numerous attractions which won’t be found elsewhere so there is no point in looking.

Greenland is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts and for explorers who enjoy natural habitat that is untouched by civilization. While traveling the “ice land” we can enjoy the idyllic, unspoiled nature, crystal clear air and beautiful landscapes. Among many tourists offers you can find attractions such as trekking on the Qaleraliq glacier in the southern part of the island, Whale Safari (whale watching in their natural habitat near Alluitsup Paa), fishing in the Kuusuaq River, canoe trips on the Disko Bay, or a ride in search of musk ox at Lake Ferguson.

Greenland is known for dog sledding trips which are popular both among the residents and the tourists. Travel agencies offer several types of sled trails with varying levels of difficulty. Thanks to this, everyone can enjoy the pleasure of riding in the company of well-trained dogs.

Recommend Places

Qaleraliq

COST: FREE

Whale Safari

COST: 7800 DKK

What to see in the area?


The mountainous island of Disko at the Baffin Sea with its two picturesque villages – Qequertarsuaq and Kangerluk is worth visiting during your stay in Greenland. History lovers can look into the medieval settlement Brattahlid (now Qassiarsuk), which is called the capital of the Vikings. Founded by Erik Rudobrode, the settlement is located on the southwestern coast of Greenland, near the town of Narsarsuaq.

Great popularity among tourist enjoys a relaxing bath in the hot springs of the Uunartoq. The water temperature exceeds 35 ° C. Uunartoq is a small island located near Alluitsup Paa. Hot springs can also be found near the town of Ilulissat.

For certain individual attractions, you will be transported by sea routes or by plane. Cruises with small ships and boats are maintained by several lines (including Disko Line, Blue Ice Explorer). We can also buy a guided tour of a chosen place in one of the local travel agencies.

Recommended places

Uunartoq

DISTANCE: 505 km (from Nuuk)

Disko

DISTANCE: 550 km (from Nuuk)

Cuisine


Greenland’s gastronomy combines elements of Danish and Canadian cuisine. Its basis is meat, fish, and seafood. The tables are dominated by dishes prepared on the basis of meat from seals, whales, walruses, and reindeer. Due to the Arctic and subarctic climate on the island, a large number of vegetables and fruits haven’t been cultivated. Currently, due to the warming of the climate, the indigenous inhabitants of the island are increasingly working on agricultural production. They successfully are growing potatoes and cabbage. However, most vegetables and other food products are imported.

Greenlanders like simple and filling one-pot meals, which is why they often prepare soups. Potatoes or rice are served as sides for meat dishes. Most popular foods are dried or salted fish and raw meat (e.g. porpoise tartare). For dessert, Greenlanders eat a yeast cake with raisins called kalaallit kaagiat. After dinner, people drink hot coffee with a hint of whiskey. A common phenomenon on the island is eating outdoors. When the weather allows, the Greenlanders are happy to cook grilled dishes.

What to try?


A popular dish on the island is suaasat – a soup that is made from seal, whale or other animal meat, seasoned with salt pepper and bay leaf, served with potatoes, onions, and rice (optional pasta). Traditional delicacies include mattak, raw porpoise skin, and raw kiviak. A favorite delicacy is baked musk ox meat, eider broth, smoked or boiled fish.

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Suaasat

seal meat soup

Mattak

raw porpoise skin

Kiviak

raw alki meat

Fish

served in smoked or cooked form

Where to visit?


On your way to the Ilulissat fjord, you can visit the Mamartut restaurant for delicious seafood. For a wholesome dinner composed of fresh, locally available ingredients, you can drop by at the Ulo restaurant. During your stay in Nuuk, you can stop in the Sarfalik restaurant, where both local delicacies and world cuisine (including vegetarian dishes) are served. On the other hand, the Qooqqut Nuan diner, situated on beautiful arctic scenery, is a great place to enjoy dishes of freshly caught fish.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Ulo

DINNER: 155 DKK

Mamartut

WHOLESALE CARPACCIO: 95 DKK

Weather


The weather in Greenland is changeable. The sub-polar climate prevails on the most populated southern and western coast of the island. In January, the average temperature is -7 ° C, while in July it is an average of 10 ° C, but it should be emphasized that in the summer season you can hit much higher temperatures, exceeding even 18 ° C. The middle area of Greenland which is covered with glaciers lies in the polar climate zone, where the temperature even in summer is 0 ° C. Snowfalls and light rain showers on the south-west coast are on average 800-1100 mm.

THE COLDEST MONTH

FEBRUARY

-6°/ -11°

Average temperature in Nuuk day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

JULY

11°/ 4°

Average temperature in Nuuk day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

/ -2°

Average temperature in Nuuk day/night

When to fly?


Tourists are most likely to visit the island in the summer (especially in the months of June-August) when the day is longer and the temperatures in the west and south of the island are the highest (they can reach 20 ° C). However, even in the summer season, you have to reckon with the sudden change of weather, strong winds, and rain.

Greenland is around
3000 km from New York.
The flight is 13 hours and 25 minutes

Greenland is around
3200 km from London.
The flight is 13 hours and 20 minutes

The Athens is around
3800 km from Berlin.
The flight is 9 hours and 5 minutes

Airports on the island


The island has several international airports, including the airport in the capital of Greenland – Nuuk (GOH), and the largest airport on the island – Kangerlussuaq (SFJ).

Sisimiut (JHS) and Ilulissat (JAV) airports are on the west coast and Narsarsuaq (UAK) in the south. A flight from Poland to Greenland requires a layover at either Copenhagen or Reykjavik. Flights from Europe are operated by Air Greenland.

GREENLAND

Nuuk

4 km

From the city centre

GOH

TAXI

120 DKK (10 min)

GREENLAND

Kangerlussuaq

13 km

From the city centre

SFJ

Bus

10 DKK (15 min)

GREENLAND

Sisimiut

5 km

From the city centre

JHS

TAXI

100 DKK (10 min)

How to get around the island?


Local means of transport on the island are mainly airplanes, helicopters, and small passenger ships and boats. Among others, Air Greenland and Greenland Express flights, as well as Arctic Umiaq Line cruises, operate. The current flight and cruising schedules can be found in tourist offices located in major towns on the island. It is recommended to book tickets in advance because the demand for them is large. Nuuk also has city buses (ticket price – about 15 DKK) and taxis.

There isn’t really any developed road system or rail system connecting individual cities on the island. In the larger towns, you can rent a car, but due to poorly developed road infrastructure, it is rarely used – especially if you want to explore a larger part of the island. In the meantime, we have a local means of transport such as passenger aircraft, helicopter, ferry, boat, snowmobile or even dog sledding.

Prices in the city


Greenland is a part of Denmark, which is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Therefore, it is not surprising that on the island you will encounter high prices for even the most basic products. In addition, it should be remembered that most of them, due to the climate is imported from Denmark, so the prices in Nuuk can be much higher than in Copenhagen. This especially applies to vegetables and fruits that come from import but also frozen meat from local animals. As for the conversion of the local currency, 1 Danish crown is about 0.55 PLN.

Currency

Danish Crowns

Coffee

30 DKK

Sandwich

45 DKK

Lunch at the restaurant

150 DKK

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