Traveling to Greenland is already off the beaten path, you might say, and you are absolutely right! But even in Greenland, there are more popular places and lesser-known, hidden gems that few tourists know about.
If you want to experience what Greenland is truly about, I really recommend including one or two destinations that are a bit more off the beaten path into your itinerary.
My top tip for families traveling to Greenland with kids is to visit Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. It’s easy to reach by a 2-hour boat ride from Ilulissat (or a short helicopter flight in winter), there are good facilities and a nice hotel in town with a fantastic restaurant, yet it’s like a whole other world. Disko Island is completely different from any other place in Greenland!
Qeqertarsuaq, which literally means ‘the Big Island’, is the only town on Disko Island, which is the biggest island of Greenland, which – as you already know – is the biggest island in the world. Just telling your kids that they’ll be visiting the world’s biggest island’s biggest island named the Big Island, will get them excited!
Disko Island is volcanic in nature and it’s therefore very green. So, contrary to the popular belief that Greenland is all ice, there are actually green places in Greenland. A local legend says that Qeqertarsuaq actually belongs in South Greenland, but was pulled to the North by two seal hunters. A witch from Ilulissat spotted the lush green island and decided to keep it nearby – she cast a spell on it, stranding Qeqertarsuaq in Disko Bay, where it is today.
The area around Qeqertarsuaq is so beautiful that no words or pictures can do it justice. Black sand beaches, hot springs and green pastures with millions of wild flowers, a rocky coastline with basalt columns, waterfalls, and the Lyngmark Glacier towering high above the town – these are just a couple of the natural features that make Qeqertarsuaq truly unique.