Those visiting Greenland in the winter will expect to experience the country in its white snowy coat! But even though it is white for a large part of the year, Greenland also has a warmer side.
Think: lush, blooming, and full of life! Below are 8 different self-guided activities that are worth trying out during the summertime.
1. CYCLING TO RUSSELL GLACIER IN KANGERLUSSUAQ
For those who don’t mind some hardcore biking, it is possible to cycle 25 kilometers from town to Russell Glacier – the only glacier in Greenland with a road to its doorstep! The journey will take you through scenery that echoes the Scottish highlands, while you keep an eye out for local wildlife, which includes musk ox, hares and birds.
Cycling won’t exactly be easy, but anyone who is reasonably fit can manage it and it is relatively cheap. There are a few bike providers in Kangerlussuaq including Butik Sara and WOGAC.
2. CLIMBING UKKUSISSAT MOUNTAIN IN NUUK
Greenland is a hiker’s paradise. In Nuuk, it is said that you are not a true ‘Nuummioq’ until you’ve climbed Ukkusissat (a.k.a. Store Malene), which is just outside the city center.
At the summit, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of Nuuk and the surrounding fjords. Please note: If you haven’t climbed the mountain before, this is an adventure you should do with someone who knows the route, for safety reasons. Ask Tupilak Travel for advice.
3. KAYAKING IN SERMILIK NEAR TASIUSAQ SHEEP FARM
In Southern Greenland, summertime presents ideal conditions to enjoy nature on foot or by kayak. Tasiusaq is a truly remote place, inhabited by only two sheep farmers. As with the other sheep farming areas, you might feel like you’re entering ‘The Shire’ in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ as it is so green and welcoming.
What is different, however, is the dramatic backdrop of Sermilik fjord, which is full of gigantic blue and white-colored icebergs originating from a nearby glacier. You can rent kayaks at Tasermiut South Greenland Expeditions.