Five experiences not to be missed whether you visit Greenland during the summer or winter months: Authentic dog sled rides, the uplifting magic of the northern lights, the splendour of the ice sheet and Greenland’s fascinating whales. To top if all off there’s the people of Greenland: pioneers; simultaneously ancient and modern. They look forward to welcoming you.
Dog sledding is at once a social, physical, and nature based experience drawing on centuries of development and refinement of an essential means of transportation in the Arctic.
Today’s dog sledding is a mix of everyday transportation and expedition style travel experience, and dog sled drivers are always locals with a distinct understanding of their natural environment and a deep connection with their dogs.
In the sled dog districts the dogs provide rhythm and work for their owners. For visitors, the sled dog grounds is a cultural experience filled with strange Arctic tools, friendly pups, and eager dogs waiting for the next ride.
Northern lights bring a sense of connection with forces much greater than humans, and they give us a sense of scale when they dwarf entire towns under swirls of red, green, magenta and blue.
Northern lights are part of Greenland’s identity, and the phenomenon will even bring Greenlanders to a halt in the streets as we walk home from work or step outside on a clear night to enjoy the sky.
The northern lights are best experienced between September and April, and especially deeper into the winter when the nights are longer.