About Greenland

Qilakitsoq Mummies show life and death

The world-famous 500-year-old mummies from Qilakitsoq were found in a cave in 1972 by a couple of brothers who were out hunting for grouse.
Kayaker near mountainside. By Mads Pihl

The Greenlandic kayak

The kayak was a necessity of the Inuits who from an early age trained this craft. It is still used for fishing but also used for recreation and for races.
Tjodhilde's church - a reconstruction of church from the norse presence in Greenland 1,000 years ago. By Mads Pihl

Tjodhildes Church

Tjodhilde was credited for Erik the Red’s conversion to Christianity and the building of the first church on the North American continent.
Mother of the SeaMother of the Sea. By Mads Pihl

The Legend of the Mother of the Sea

The legend of Greenland's Mother of the Sea is a fantastic origin tale of Greenland's wildlife with a morale of altruism and responsibility.
Walrus scull art in Nuuk Art Museum, by Rebecca Gustafsson

Nuuk Art Museum

Nuuk Art Museum was created by Svend Junge and his wife, and was given to the town of Nuuk. It consists of ca. 300 paintings in homely surroundings.
Dogsledding in North-East Greenland, by Magnus Elander

The Inuit’s view of life

Belief in spirits and myths has permeated the Inuit mindset and has helped sustain life and social order.
Three polar bears looking at something. By Martin Munck

Kaassassuk - the orphan

Among many legends, all the children in Greenland know the myth about the orphan Kaassassuk, who has to endure great suffering.
Mother of the Sea frozen. By David Trood

Myths and Legends

Learn how Greenland’s myths and legends are imbued with the country’s natural landscape, darkness and the harshness of the hunter’s life.

Modern Greenland

See how Greenland still appears to have preserved its sense of identity as an indigenous nation with an indigenous people in a modern age.
A bone carving figurine from Tasillaq in East Greenland looking right. By Mads Pihl

The Greenlandic Tupilak

Tupilak means 'soul of the ancestor’ and is a carved figure that protects its owner against enemy attack, but is now a popular souvenir.

Articles

Two travelers reading on a bench overlooking icebergs in the Ilulissat ice fjord in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Why Greenland may not be for you

A quick guide on how and when to travel to Greenland
Inside the Mersortarfik sewing workshop in Ilulissat in Greenland

The anorak house of Mesortarfik

Did you know that Greenland is the home of the original hoodie? Anorak has been a stable in Inuits clothing for centuries.
A group of friends from Nuuk hanging out at the snowboard park before the Arctic Winter Games in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

How to Experience urban life in Greenland

As is also the case in many other parts of the world, Greenland is currently experiencing a demographic urbanisation. Read what to do in urban Greenland
A selection of beer ingredients at the microbrewery Immiaq in Ilulissat, Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Taste Greenlandic nature with Immiaq Beer

In Greenland there’s only one way to craft beer: microbrew
A sunset snowball fight in Kulusuk in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Via Kulusuk

Start your East Greenland adventure at Kulusuk airport, one of the world’s smallest international hubs.
Food preparation at Sarfalik. Photo by Siggi Anton

The Foodie Guide to Greenland

Greenland is justifiably an attraction for its landscape and unique culture, but those who seek fulfilment of the culinary variety won’t be disappointed.
A game of soccer between cruise guests and Itilleq locals in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl
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Winter waterways in East Greenland with Siggi Tours

Check out some of the scenes from life in Siggi’s universe, and make sure to run into him if you visit Kuummiut in East Greenland.
A snowmobiler flying high over a group of friends in the Sisimiut backckountry in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl.

Winter street culture with a Greenlandic twist

Sisimiut is the home of the Greenlandic winter version of street culture complete with fashion statements, aerial tricks, and local heroes.
It's snowing in Nuuk. Photo by Jessie Brinks Evans

What it’s like to visit Nuuk

Nuuk is this tiny Arctic capital where you’ll find age old tradition living amongst World-class modernity. Visit Nuuk and see for yourself.
A winter night view from Qinngorput towards Nuuk in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Christmas Spirit in Nuuk

Spend the holidays in a town that really knows how to do Christmas and New Year’s Eve
A christmas tree in Nuuk in Greenland on a snowy december afternoon. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

How we celebrate Christmas in Greenland

Celebrating Christmas in Greenland gives rise to extra cosiness for most of the families with lots of Christmas decorations, food and Christmas sweets!
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Which type of traveler are you?

With so many cultural experiences at your fingertips, which ones are right for you? Here are a few food-for-thought questions to inspire as a traveler.
Mask dance, A Music Festival in the Fjord. Photo by Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen.

Qooqqut Music Festival in the Fjord

A story about a weekend getaway to the Qooqqut Music Festival.
The deckhand Line fishing on a tour with Arctic Boat Charter in the Nuuk fjord in Greenland. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

What's in my bag - the Greenland edition

Check out the everyday essentials of the hip, powerful and avant-garde in Greenland. This #whatsinmybag - Greenland edition!
An Air Greenland Dash-8 taking off from Kulusuk in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Greenland roads found in the clouds

Cities and settlements are knit through an invisible network of airline routes that crisscross over the Ice Cap and along the coast lines.
Hikers approaching Hvalsey church ruin one of several norse historical sites in south greenland. By David Trood

Following in the footsteps of the Vikings in Greenland

Read about one of Greenland's most exciting historical locations taking one back to when the vikings first came ashore more than 1000 years ago.
The football field in Tasiilaq in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Football championship in East Greenland

Every year many greenlanders travel to Tasiilaq for one of the largest football events in Greenland, friends compete and communities unite over the summer.
Mother of the SeaMother of the Sea. By Mads Pihl

Greenland myths and legends

The northern lights, Mother of the sea, The wandering spirit known as Qivittoq. Wonders, and myths were a vital part in the daily life of Greenlanders.
A traditional Greenlandic drum for drum dancing on display in Narsaq in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Greenland’s Music History, Part 1

Learn more about Greenland's music scene and it's historical roots and influence, from traditional beats to an international setting.
Music - Christian and Frederik Elsner - the core of the Greenlandic band Nanook, performing in Frederik's living room in Nuuk

Greenland's Music History, Part 2

Learn more about how Greenland's music inspired it's modern cultural independence after the political situation from the Second World War.
Visual artist Mike Kristiansen's tupilak-decorated paintings, by Mads Pihl

Tupilak with a twist

Tupilaks are one of the strongest and most used cultural symbols in Greenland.

The Big Arctic Five - Five core things to do in Greenland

Greenland is one of the world’s great adventure destinations, and the Big Arctic Five highlights five core attractions with a unique Greenlandic touch.
A dog sledding guide and dog musher preparing food in a backcountry hut near Ilulissat in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

How to live like a local in Greenland’s long, dark winter

Learn how the locals of Greenland enjoy their wintertime through activities, ‘hygge’ and the acceptance of their surroundings.
A mother and her son walking home from the grocery store Pilersuisoq in Kuummiut, East Greenland. By Mads Pihl

5 things you didn't know about settlements in Greenland

How many people? How is the everyday life there? We’re looking into five things you might not know about living in a small isolated place in Greenland!
Tonny Fisker practicing his one foot high kick before the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk with lots of arctic sports

Every two years young athletes meet at the Arctic Winter Games to compete in sports both modern and traditional, which serve to create cross-cultural ties.
Myggedalen in Nuuk, Greenland, on a winter's night. By Mads Pihl

Nuuk city ligths is a beautiful sight from a hilltop

At three times the size of the second largest town Sisimiut, Nuuk is an important cultural and financial driver for the development of Greenland.
Travelers studying the 1000 year old Hvalsey church ruin in south Greenland not far from Qaqortoq. By David Trood

Google Street View

See Greenland almost as if you were there yourself! Google Street View is a real experience to get a preview of places you haven't been
A women from Nuuk in Greenland wearing her national costume for the National Day celebrations on June 21, by Mads Pihl

June 21st - Greenland’s National Day - At close range

June 21st is a unique opportunity to experience national culture, on Greenland's National Day traditions reflect a widely different and vibrant culture.
Marathon runners at the Leif den Lykkeliges Marathon in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

5 Ways to be Active in Greenland

For those who want to be or stay active on holiday, or even want to travel specifically to participate in events, don’t miss this article!
An elderly woman at a kaffemik laughing and enjoying herself. By Angu Motzfeldt

Kaffemik in Greenland

Kaffemik is the culmination of good company, coffee, and sweets which is also the recipe for a cozy time in Greenland.
Sled dogs speeding over sea ice near Oqaatsut and Ilulissat in North Greenland

Finding freedom in the dying art of dog sledding

Get insight into the art of dog sledding, one of the most iconic ways of traveling and an unique characteristic of traversing Greenland's snowy landscape.
Modern Art - A boy from Nuuk looking at Guido Van Helten's wall art in Greenland

Street art in Colourful Nuuk

Two new large-scale street art paintings have made Nuuk even more colourful, displaying the capital's vibrant and modern culture.
Enok Kilime carving reindeer bone in Sisimiut in Greenland - by Mads Pihl

Crafts - The Tupilak

Jewellery, handicrafts and decorated everyday objects are part of the rich crafts history of Greenland - but the figurative world of the tupilak is in class all by itself.
A winter night view from Qinngorput towards Nuuk in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Nuuk and Reykjavík - a perfect combination for a holiday

Nuuk and Reykjavík sit at the top of the world in the north like two kings on mighty thrones. Enjoy city life among amazing nature environments.
Three white sled dogs from Ilulissat in Greenland. By Andre Schoenherr

6 do’s and don’ts of dog sledding

Here are some do's and dont's of dogsledding so, bask in the glorious nature. Your invitation to break away from regular life.
Two sled dog puppies in summer. Photo by David Buchmann.

An afternoon of zen in Oqaatsut

From rugged coastlines, to icebergs for days, cute sled dog pups, and friendly locals – look no further than Oqaatsut and enjoy true relaxation.
The Peter Jensen design kamik compared to the classic, traditional West Greenlandic national costume kamik, by Mads Pihl

Deconstructing the Greenlandic national costume

See a project that aimed to push boundaries and asked: What do you get when you mix a fashion polemic and a strong symbol of Greenlandic culture?
The church on a grey summer day in Igaliku in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl.

This is why South Greenland is UNESCO world heritage

A tale of Viking and Inuit farming at the edge of Greenland’s ice cap.
The old church in Nuuk on a sunny National Day in Greenland, June 21 - 2015

Nuuk Hot List

5 local suggestions for what to do when you get a free minute in the Arctic metropolis