Sending you positive vibes and virtual hugs from Greenland
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, we wish you a cosy Christmas with your loved ones. Here we invite you to discover how we celebrate a white Christmas under the northern lights in Greenland.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN NUUK
Between the classic orange stars we hang in all the windows, the twinkling Christmas trees in every central square and roundabout from city center of Nuuk out to the furthest neighbourhoods, and the snowy winter wonderland we ourselves often mistake for the inside of a snow globe – we basically have cosy winter spirit coming out of our ears. You cannot help but relax and feel joyful.
CHRISTMAS IN ILULISSAT: FESTIVE FEELING GUARANTEED
If you are looking to spend the holiday season in a location that provides all the magic of Christmas and more, then Ilulissat could be the place for you.
Ilulissat is one of Greenland’s most iconic destinations, with its dramatic icefjord which sends a constant stream of beautiful icebergs drifting towards the Arctic ocean. Positioned around 300km north of the Arctic Circle, Ilulissat benefits from spectacular displays of the midnight sun during the summer, and a good amount of polar darkness and northern lights during the winter.
WILL THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE?
If you are looking for an unconventional Christmas gift, a shimmering green curtain of celestial light might be just the ticket. A trip to see the northern lights in Greenland is a unique experience which you are not likely to forget in a hurry.
The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular meteorological phenomena. They are steeped in legend and mythology. For example, it is said that when the Northern Lights dance around the sky, it means that the spirits are playing football with the skull of a walrus.
5 REASONS WHY NUUK IS THE BEST KEPT SECRET CHRISTMAS GETAWAY
Spend December in the snow-covered capital of Greenland, where Christmas warmth is guaranteed in the winter darkness.
Frozen icicles hanging from the gutters, orange Christmas stars in the windows, powdery snow on cold winter nights and red noses – not on reindeer, though they are found here, but on grown-ups and children tobogganing and Christmas shopping – it is finally Christmas time in the capital of Greenland.
Celebrating Christmas in Greenland gives rise to extra cosiness for most of the families with lots of Christmas decorations, food and Christmas sweets!
Christmas is celebrated with many candles and an abundance of characteristic, red-orange Christmas stars that can be seen in almost all the windows. In the towns, the candles are lit on the Christmas trees on the first Sunday of Advent.
A Christmas tale: THE TEACHER, THE DOG AND THE PTARMIGAN
Once upon a time just before Christmas, a thin long-haired Viking with a rough beard and deep-set blue eyes, moved to Tasiilaq in search for adventure.
Matthias was a teacher. His students loved him, he had made friends, and he even got a young Greenland dog. As more snow fell and Christmas beckoned, a fellow teacher, Peter, invited Matthias to celebrate Christmas Eve together.
The Greenlandic species are adapted to the Arctic environment, and there are special bird species or breeds that only occur in Greenland. Birdwatching in Greenland offers unique experiences that are not found anywhere else in the world.
Knud Rasmussen’s Fifth Thule Expedition
The Greenlandic explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen left Greenland in 1921. It was a three years dog sledding expedition across Arctic Canada and Alaska to Eastern Siberia.
The towering ice cliff of Russell Glacier is a popular attraction in Kangerlussuaq and a fantastic and accessible part of the ice sheet to visit on your travels through the gateway to Greenland.
Behind Greenland's largest travel site is the Visit Greenland that is 100% owned by the Government of Greenland, who is responsible for marketing the country's adventures and opportunities for guests wishing to visit the world's largest island.
The VisitGreenland.com website is created by Visit Greenland and Kathart Interactive.