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Modern Art - A boy from Nuuk looking at Guido Van Helten's wall art in Greenland

Greenlandic Art Through Time

Modern art in Greenland can be described as a peculiar mix of traditional Inuit handicraft with its spirit world inspiration, and modern western influence
Crafts - A boy, a polar bear, and a raven meet up in the artwork by Kim Eriksen from Nuuk in Greenland

Crafts

Crafts are an essential part of the Greenlandic-Inuit culture, and today you can find local handicraft in art shops and museums in many of Grenland's towns
Festivals - The marching band of Nuuk in Greenland at the National Day parade on June 21

Greenland Festival and Events Calendar

Festivals in Greenland is a big deal for greenlanders. Especially Christmas, New Years Eve and the National Day of Greenland.
Cooking greenlandic food on open fire in Narsaq in South Greenland

A Taste of Greenland

Greenlandic food and gastronomy is all about fresh, natural organic meat from the sea, land and air - see the tv series A Taste Of Greenland
Hunting Culture - Two hunters in the sea ice near Tasiilaq in East Greenland

Hunting Culture

Inuit hunting culture. Hunting and fishing are essential in a country like Greenland that has no agriculture in most parts of the country
A women from Nuuk in Greenland wearing her national costume for the National Day celebrations on June 21, by Mads Pihl

Traditional Dress

The traditional dress of Greenland, is a mix of ancient skin garment, european glass beads and silky needlework. An amazing example of inuit handicraft.
Language - A Greenland Travel hiking guide and a local camp manager from East Greenland discussing the pronounciation of East Greenlandic words

Language

The greenlandic language is an Inuit-Aleut language, which is polysynthetic type, where one word can contain the meaning of a whole sentence
A reconstructed turf house at Qassiarsuk in South Greenland, by Camilla Hylleberg

History

The history of Greenland goes back to ca. 2500 BC, when the first Paleo-Inuits migrated to Greenland through North America.

Climate Change

Global warming and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet have a long line of consequences for people, nature and wildlife in the Arctic and the rest of the world.
Fashion - Woman in seal skin vest, by Mads Pihl

Fashion

Fashion in a Greenlandic context is both use of traditional natural materials like skins and furs, new urban style design, and even handcrafted couture

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.
The axe of Leif Erikson - the statue overlooking Qassiarsuk in South Greenland, by Mads Pihl

Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson made ​​amazing discoveries and was the first European to reach North America. Nearly 500 years before Columbus.

Hvalsey Church Ruin

Ruins of Hvalsey or Hvalsø church can be found in the lush surroundings of southern Greenland and was built in about 1300.

Gardar Cathedral

Greenland got its first bishop in 1124. The ruins of the impressive Gardar bishopric and the cathedral can be seen at Igaliku.
A rune stone on a hill in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Erik the Red

Read more about Erik the Red’s saga; how he got exiled; his travels as well as his discovery and establishment of the first settlements on Greenland.
The axe of Leif Erikson - the statue overlooking Qassiarsuk in South Greenland, by Mads Pihl

The Viking period of Greenland

The Vikings settled in southern and western Greenland about 1,000 years ago. Brattahlid is the best preserved of Old Norse settlements.
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.
Culture House Katuaq in Nuuk, by Danial Gurrola

Katuaq

Culture house Katuaq in Nuuk is a building with a fascinating northern lights theme design. Experience art exhibitions, concerts, movies or visit the cafe
Taseralik culture centre in Sisimiut, by David Trood

Taseralik

Taseralik culture centre in Sisimiut, West Greenland, offers experiences like art exhibitions, movies, concerts and a cosy cafe with a spectacular view.
Walrus scull art in Nuuk Art Museum. Photo 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.
Spectators watch the post match celebrations of a soccer game at the 2013 East Greenland championships in Tasiilaq. By Mads Pihl

Greenland Climate and Weather

Learn more about Greenland's weather conditions and climate so you are prepared for a great range of weather conditions no matter where you go in Greenland.
Painter Kristian Lennert from Sismiut at work in his home in Greenland - by Mads Pihl

Visual Art

Before europeans came to Greenland, visual art was made by means of natural materials like bone, tooth, antlers, skin, soapstone etc.
Two tiny ear rings made in Tasiilaq in East Greenland - by Mads Pihl

Greenlandic jewellery

Greenlandic jewelry are popular souvenir items. Traditionally they are made out of natural materials like bone and unique precious stones like Tugtupit
East Greenland glacier and mountains, by Magnus Elander

Glaciers in Greenland

Learn more about the glaciers in Greenland, how they surround most towns and settlements and see how the glaciers move and release ice continuously.
A family enjoying the Uunartoq hot springs in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Hot springs in Greenland

Hot springs are an arctic phenomenon and in Greenland a common one, as they differ from other hot springs in the arctic due to the warmth's origin.
I photographed this group of photographers in the Disko Bay one early morning. I still think they were pushing the limits a little bit with regards to how close to the edge of ice they seem to be, but I'm guessing the captain was in 100% control. By Stian Klo

Icebergs

Learn more about Icebergs, majestic natural works of art heading out to sea which are up to 100 metres high. These sculptures are a formidable sight especially in the summer!
Two hikers overlooking Nuuk in the midnight sun from the peak of Ukkusissaq - Store Malene in Greenland

The midnight sun

See the warm magical light of the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, it makes it possible to go sailing or hiking no matter how late or early it is.
Northern lights over mountains. By Mads Pihl

The northern lights

Let the Northern Lights remind you of the seemingly infinite beauty in Greenland. The best time to see these is on a dark, clear autumn or winter night.
Glacier walking on the Greenland Ice Sheet near Kangerlussuaq, by Mads Pihl

The Ice Sheet

Read more about the Ice Cap of Greenland a magnificent natural formation which overwhelms and astounds visitors with its size and ressources.

The National Park

Greenland’s National Park is the largest in the world, a vast Arctic paradise. It is home to an incredible range of wildlife and most spectacular scenery.
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.
Three girls with a smartphone in greenlandic traditional clothes. By David Trood

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.
Man sitting on a sled in North Greenland. By André Shoenherr

Migration to Greenland

Read about Greenland's immigration, a great and exciting part of nation's history and colorful culture which has been influenced for over 4.500 years.
A bone carving figurine from Tasillaq in East Greenland looking right. By Mads Pihl

The Greenlandic Tupilak

Tupilak is a carved figure that protects its owner against enemy attack, but is now a popular souvenir.
House in Sisimiut. By Visit Greenland

Dwellings of the Inuit culture

Find out how the hunter's life in unit culture affected their houses, dwellings and architecture as can be experienced in Greenland.

The Flora of Greenland

The arctic plantlife in Greenland consists of beautiful lush meadows, hardy and colorful flowers that can withstand the country's unique environment.
Shelf with Soapstone Art. By Mads Pihl

Soapstone art in Greenland

Soapstone is a beautiful and malleable material which can be formed into unique pieces of art and it has been used for centuries for utilities such as tools
An aerial view of iceberg clusters in the Ilulissat ice fjord in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

The Guide to Climate Change in Greenland

This guide to climate change in Greenland offers everything you need to know about how Greenland is living with climate change today, and where it might lead the country in the future.
Festivals: Children with Greenland's flag in National Day, by visit Greenland

National Day of Greenland

Join the The National Day festival on 21st June, it is the most celebrated summer festival and the country celebrates and entertains.
Nuuk Water Taxi stopping at a waterfall. Photo by: Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen - Visit Greenland

How to travel safely in Greenland

We will go through a number of risky moments that you, as a guest in Greenland, should be particularly aware of, in order that you can have a safe and secure trip.
Russel glacier aerial on sunny day. Photo-Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland

Russell Glacier

The towering ice cliff of Russell Glacier is a popular attraction in Kangerlussuaq, located just 25 km away from the settlement, and a fantastic and accessible part of the ice sheet to visit on your travels through the gateway to Greenland.
Houses in Radiofjeldet & Tuapannguit. Photo - Rebecca Gustafsson, Visit Greenland

Architecture in Greenland

When you arrive in Greenland, you quickly realize that Greenlandic architecture is very distinct, with its many colored houses placed on sloping hillsides. The big apartment blocks may have scared you off a little, and sometimes you stumble upon amazingly beautiful buildings, including some of the churches of Greenland.
The Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq in Greenland calving in late summer, by Mads Pihl

Dangerous tsunamis in Greenland

Most rock formations in Greenland are stable, but in some places the rocks are more porous, which can lead to large or small landslides.

Articles

Passengers on the Sisimiut snowmobile bus in Greenland having fun in the sun. Photo by Mads Pihl

Arctic Circle Adventure in Kangerlussuaq & Sisimiut

Give that snow-lovin’ kid in your heart something to look forward to this winter, by planning an adventure in Kangerlussuaq or Sisimiut
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
A typical view of Kangaamiut - a village in Greenland

A chill summer In Kangaamiut

Summer in Kangaamiut by Evighedsfjorden is attractive in the meeting with the local people and the quiet rhythm of life.
Inside the Mersortarfik sewing workshop in Ilulissat in Greenland

The anorak house of Mersortarfik

Did you know that Greenland is the home of the original hoodie? Anorak has been a stable in Inuits clothing for centuries.
Hiker standing on volcanic rocks on Disko Island in North Greenland looking at northern lights dancing over the ocean. Photo by Paul Zizka - Visit Greenland

The scenery of the night - Northern lights

Greenland's nighttime scenery offers a totally new, exciting and challenging world to explore. Northern lights are particularly sought after for photographers.
A daytime view over Qaqortoq in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Visit Greenland’s banana coast

During the summer months the south of Greenland is truly lush. Greenlanders have thus dubbed the area near Narsaq and Qaqortoq the banana coast.
Sunrise over the mountains in the Nuuk fjord in Greenland. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

Best thing to do in the summer in Nuuk: The fjords

Close your eyes and breathe in. A fresh wind gently blows in your direction. Want to experience the locals summer favorite? Sail the Nuuk fjord.
Lines in the ice sheet seen from an Air Zafari flight near Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Take advantage of the wait in the Kangerlussuaq Airport

Waiting in Kangerlussuaq is never a waste of time.
Dog sledding in the north east of Greenland. Photo by Magnus Elander

The 5 most remote places in Greenland

Remote Greenland: the magic of ‘one-option-only’, plus how to find alternatives after all: UNPLUGGING IN GREENLAND - part II
Sheep in a field near Igaliku in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

The 5 most boring places in Greenland

Boring Greenland: The magic of ‘one-option-only’, plus how to find alternatives after all: UNPLUGGING IN GREENLAND – part I
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.
Adventurers settling in at Camp Ice Cap on the Greenland Ice Sheet, run by Albatros Arctic Circle in Kangerlussuaq. Photo by Raven Eye Photography

Wake up on the Greenland Ice Sheet!

Waking up in a small tent and looking out over the seemingly endless white ice cap near Kangerlussuaq makes you feel small and invincible at the same time.

Water calling: whale watching and sports fishing

Be charmed by marine life in the sea, which brings much pleasure to travellers in Greenland. Go whale watching and sports fishing!
The tour boat Sirius Greenland arriving in Assaqutaq near Sisimiut in Greenland

What to pack for a vacation in Greenland

So there are only a few days to go, before your first trip to Greenland, but what do you pack and why? Well, it depends! Read more here.
Passengers on the Sisimiut snowmobile bus in Greenland having fun in the sun. Photo by Mads Pihl

Snowmobiling In Sisimiut

A unique culture of snowmobiling has grown over decades in Greenland's second largest town Sisimiut. How is it anyway, to try out this fun activity?
A group of snowboarders from Nuuk having fun in the sun while waiting for the Arctic Winter Games in Greenland

Snowboarding in Nuuk

Greenland’s capital Nuuk is big enough to sport a large street culture scene which adds depth and dimension to everyday life.
Digging a house out of the deep snow in Kuummiut in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Kuummiut: Small village - big snow

Visit Greenland went on a photo tour to this snowy small village. See some scenes from Kuummiut in East Greenland.
A game of soccer between cruise guests and Itilleq locals in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

5 ways to blend with the locals

We know you do not really like being called a tourist, let alone looking like one. While you surely know how to conduct yourself as a respectful traveler and adventurer, there are also a few tricks to ‘flying under the radar’ in Greenland.
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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
To Thule - The End of The World. Photo by Davor Rostuhar 08

To Thule - The end of the world part 2/2

Naimanngitsoq Christiansen is not a man of many words. I’ve heard that about Inuits, but I couldn’t have imagined it exactly. Adventures in Thule.
Northern Lights. By Mads Pihl

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 - or northern lights - might be just the ticket.
Two flightseeing planes from Air Zafari over the hills around Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

"Send films by air drop!"

Early in the history of film media, Greenlanders were eager to watch films. Read a short excerpt on film history here.
A midwinter portrait near the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland with the sun setting in the background

The teacher, the dog and the ptarmigan

Once upon a time just before Christmas, a thin long-haired Viking moved to Tasiilaq in search for adventure. This is his Christmas story.
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!
The Suloraq towers in Nuuk's suburb Qinngorput nestled below the mountain Ukkusissaq in Greenland

‘On an ‘illoqarfik break’ in Greenland

Greenland consists of five vastly different regions, each with its own main town and it makes good sense to spend at least a couple or four days in the town - an 'illoqarfik' in Greenlandic.
To Thule - The End of The World. Photo by Davor Rostuhar 19

Let’s go to Thule – The end of the World

I get a traveling-to-the-end-of-the-world feeling when staring through the window of the Air Greenland aircraft flying from Upernavik to Qaanaaq. It is one and a half hour of pure aerial poetry.
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.
Two Air Zafari planes heading towards the Greenland Ice Sheet near Kangerlussuaq Airport

Flightseeing in Greenland - fun and captivating

Experience Greenland's nature from above on flightseeing tours in helicopter or aircraft as you fly over Greenland's many fjords, icebergs and mountains.
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.
Raw musk ox wool on display in the Qiviut shop in Sisimiut in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

From ashes to gold: Musk ox wool

Anita Høegh realized that the inner layers of the musk ox furs were worth a small fortune if treated properly. Whereas before it was treated as useless.

Dogsledding in Greenland

"Give me dogs, give me snow and you can keep the rest!" - Knud Rasmussen, polar explorer
Two hikers on a Greenland Travel trek looking out over Ikaasatsivaq sound in East Greenland near Tiniteqilaaq. By Mads Pihl

Good Hiking Advice and the Hiker's 12 Commandments

Learn the essentials for planning a hike, beginner or expert some things are crucial for a successful trip through Greenland's stunning nature.
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.
MS Fram anchoring up outside Ilulissat seen from an Air Zafari flight in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Greenland’s overwhelming nature

Learn how to get close to Greenland's spectacular nature in the modern trails of the ancient Inuit people whom used to hunt and migrate between settlements.
Air Greenland helicopter flying above mountains. By Humbert Entress

Helicopter flying in Greenland

Read about the vital role that helicopters play in the transportation around Greenland, wether that being for pleasure or business purposes.
Two snowmobilers in the backcountry near Sisimiut in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl.

Here comes the sun - Greeting the sun in Greenland

When the sun comes forth and illuminates the snowy landscape of Greenland it brings a natural cosiness with it that afflicts the natives.
Midnight Sun - Two hikers enjoying the sunset near Qenertivartivit in Ammassalik Fjord near Kulusuk in East Greenland

Hiking between icebergs in East Greenland

Find the beautiful traits of hiking in East Greenland where all main roads are waterways through fjords and sounds, in zig zags between icebergs.
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.
The midnight sun behind two tents in East Greenland, by Mads Pihl

Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail

The Arctic Circle Trail, explore and connect with nature on this 160 km backcountry trail between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
A hut for accommodation at Tasiusaq sheep farm in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

7 unique places you can overnight in Greenland

Accommodation in adventurous Greenland include everything from tenting in the Arctic tundra to huts overlooking calving glaciers!
A field of flowers in front of snow capped mountain peaks in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl.

8 summer activities you can do yourself in Greenland!

Think: lush, blooming, and full of life! Below are 8 different self-guided activities that are worth visiting during summertime.
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.
A skier descending from Tasiilaq Mountain Hut in the sunset in East Greenland. By Mads Pihl

5 types of nature travelers

Which type of nature travelers are you? Test yourself to nurture your interests of adventure, in any environment, tempo or activity.
Myggedalen in Nuuk, Greenland, on a winter's night. By Mads Pihl

Nuuk's city lights are 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.
A rune stone on a hill in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Experience Greenland like the Vikings did

Experience the history of Greenland's vikings and find out how the country got its name so long ago by the chieftain Erik the Red.
Northern lights over Sisimiut. By Mads Pihl

Northern Lights Hot Spots in Greenland

From late August to April watch the Greenland sky come alive with the Northern Lights. Find the good spots to enjoy the wonder
Northern lights over a lit tent, Camp In Tasiilaq Fjord. By Chris Brinlee Jr

10 Great Tips on How to Shoot the Northern Lights in Greenland

Are you hoping to photograph the northern lights, and the night sky, but not quite sure how to go about it, here are some great tips on how to get started.

Top five ice adventures to explore in North Greenland

Icebergs are calved out of glaciers and each one is truly unique. Here are five adventures that will aid you get the best ice experience in North Greenland.
Flightseeing with Air Zafari near Iluliartoq in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Top three things to do in Kangerlussuaq

See the best things that Kangerlussuaq has to offer, choose amongst activities like musk oxen safari, flight seeing, and glacier walking on the Ice Sheet.
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.
Hiking gear on a Greenland Travel guide in East Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Hiking Equipment, for hiking in Greenland

Find guidelines for the right hiking equipment, so you are prepared to sleep, eat, cook and navigate on your hike in Greenland.
The Uunartoq hot springs in South Greenland enjoy a great view of icebergs and mountains. By Mads Pihl

Hot springs in Greenland

A trip to South Greenland would not be complete without a dip with your loved one in the natural hot springs of Uunartoq.
The cruise ship Rotterdam outside Nanortalik in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl.

Popular Cruise Ship Itineraries in Greenland

There are plenty of opportunities to get a unique cruise in Greenland.
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Sailing to the Icy Grand Canyon of Greenland

Imagine the grand canyon as an icy landscape with its own unique wonders and a land of adventure, such is the landscape and Ilulissat Icefjord experienced
A couple overlooking Tasiusaq sheep farm near Qassiarsuk in South Greenland

On holiday among South Greenland's sheep farmers

In Tasiusaq, the feeling of ultimate freedom is no further away than the bay along with one of Greenland's best views across lush, flowering meadows.
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.
Backcountry skiers preapring fro a day in the landscape around the Travellodge Greenland hut in East Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Hut life at the edge of Sermilik Ice Fjord in East Greenland

We know a place out there, behind the mountains, where that end-of-the-world-feeling probably originated from it is an essential stopover in East 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.
Two skiers in the sunset descending towards the fjord near Kuummiut in East Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Calling all ski explorers; untouched snow is waiting

For those of you dreaming of ascending remote peaks and skiing untouched backcountry slopes, we have the mountains right at your doorstep here in Greenland.
Three white sled dogs from Ilulissat in Greenland. By Andre Schoenherr

6 dos 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.
Northern lights over the Leif Ericson statue in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

3 tips to catching northern lights!

Want to maximise your trip's chances of catching northern lights? Here’s 3 tips on how to do just that!
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.
Polar circle marathon participants in snow. By Visit Greenland

The coolest marathon on earth!

From Shanghai to the Polar Circle Marathon in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Have a glimpse of Chloe Zou's journey through snow and ice!

Marcela’s year of chasing ice in Greenland

Mexican photographer bonds with locals while cruising with Sarfaq Ittuk, chasing for ice around Greenland's vast coastline.
Two Runners Jumping in excitement. By Bo Kristensen

Anna's race against time

This determined woman didn’t let pregnancy or biting temperatures prevent her from fulfilling her dream of running in Greenland.
Inland Ice. Photo by Malik Milfeldt. Visit Greenland

Across the inland ice on a wind sled

Come along on an expedition across Greenland's Inland Ice. Our employee went on precisely this journey under the motto "Be a Pioneer". 

Kayak at Ice. By Visit Greenland

A Kayaking Adventure Beyond Comparison!

«This is your captain speaking. We are approaching the Inland Ice. The ice cap is to your right.»
View from World of Greenland Lodge inIlimanaq. Photo by Gustav Thuesen

Relaxing lodge getaway

With a terrace and view like this, why would you ever leave? Is it the Gulf of Mexico? Tenerife? Nope. It is Ilimanaq in North Greenland.
Hiker in Ilulissat, North Greenland standing at the Sermermiut overlook close to the Ilulissat Icefjord gazing at icebergs and a crisp autumn night sky filled with stars and northern lights. By Paul Zizka

Behind the Camera - An Interview with a Photographer

An interview with professional photographer, Paul Zizka, about his photography workshops in Greenland.
Participants at the Leif den Lykkeliges Marathon in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

Leif Eriksson Marathon - A run with a View

Every year in August, the Leif Eriksson Marathon is held. It begins and ends in the settlement, Qassiarsuk, down a T-shaped route where you go past Nunataaq, Inneruulalik and almost all the way out to Sillisit.
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.
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Here’s the best time to visit Ilulissat

The insider tips about summer, winter and a few alternative locations!
The old church in Nuuk on a sunny National Day in Greenland, June 21 - 2015. Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Nuuk Hot List

5 local suggestions for what to do when you get a free minute in the Arctic metropolis
Tourist taking a photo of Marc Carreras in back-country Nuuk in Greenland. By Rebecca Gustafsson

6 Instagram shots you must get in Nuuk

Like a social media scavenger hunt, these photo suggestions will take you running all around the capital
A small passenger boat in front of the huge glacier wall at the Eqi glacier in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

10 Facts about Greenland that You Might Not Know

Nellie Huang gives a crash course in Greenland culture and history
Erik Palo Jacobsen, Arctic Boat Charter. Photo by Jonathan Pozniak

Q&A with a Greenlandic sea captain

Captain Erik Palo Jacobsen is a former Merchant Marine from Sisimiut, who has sailed around the world only to realize that his home in Nuuk is where the heart is.
Tele-Post's radome screen with the mountains and sea in the background, in Nuuk. Photo by Filip Gielda

The extreme lengths Greenland goes for internet

A tale of working on remote mountains and being snowed in for days. On being lost to the world - all for the love of staying connected.
Boat sailing on a late autumn day in the Nuuk fjord in Greenland. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

Winter Sailing

In warmth and good company, cruise through mountainous landscapes covered with snow from peak to sea.
An Eternity of ski touring. Photo by Fredrik Schenholm.

An Eternity of ski touring

Fjords, glaciers and endless ski touring possibilities in Maniitsoq.
Paarnat and Arctic Thyme. By Mads Pihl

5 Greenlandic Foods + 1 Cocktail to Try

How to ‘go native’ without eating the really exotic stuff (unless that’s your thing)
Hannah Hagberg On Powder Near Qooqqut. Photo by Petter Cohen, Xtravel

The coolest skiing in Greenland isn’t where you think

Greenland the mountains are just ‘right there,’ covered in thick pow from summit to sea and already calling your name from the moment you land.
Massive iceberg grounded at the mouth of Ilulissat Icefjord. Photo by Samuel Letecheur, Visit Greenland

A day in Ilulissat and how it earned the nickname I-luv-lissat

It’s not hard to understand why Ilulissat is the most popular travelers’ destination in Greenland. The name of the town literally translates to ‘Icebergs’, but adventurers at heart long time ago have nicknamed it Iluvlissat!
Three young people in the sunset in Ukkusissat, Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Tips to hang out with locals in Greenland

Tried-and-true ideas from travellers who've done it before
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Make your Christmas merry with these DIY Inuit paper dolls

It is soon Christmas, and if your home is anything like Greenlandic homes, that means evenings full of decorating, baking cookies and just being cosy.
The opening. Photo by Serena Ho

Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival 2017: A Glimpse Into Nordic Musical Collaboration

Music: you might not expect to find it in Greenland, but it’s there. It’s frozen in thousand-year-old glaciers, submerged in the icy water and crystallised in the undulating beauty of the Aurora Borealis dancing through the fabric of the starry night sky.
Even an iceberg itself can grow icesicles. Photo by Samuel Letecheur

How a snowflake becomes an iceberg

The eternal snow. Year after year it descends on Greenland. Each snowflake is formed by water vapour freezing around a tiny speck of dust.
A Kontrast Smykker by Marianne Farup Hansen gold ring design from Sisimiut in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

A Traveler’s Guide to Great Souvenir Shopping in Greenland

Make your shopping experience a breeze with this quick rundown of fabulous products from right here in Greenland
A hut for accommodation at Tasiusaq sheep farm in South Greenland. By Mads Pihl

9 Unique places you can overnight in Greenland

Pitch a tent in the Arctic tundra or hide away in huts overlooking calving glaciers - the choice is yours!
A Chinese traveler writing a journal entry on a dog sledding trip in the Disko Bay in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

Editor’s pick: 12 real reasons to visit Greenland

So Greenland’s on your bucket list for the new year - but when is the best time to go? That’s one of the most common questions we get here at Visit Greenland. In order to help you make your decision, visitgreenland.com editor Tanny Por has hand-picked 12 reasons why she loves this polar wonderscape. Enjoy!
Photo by Bjorgvin_Hilmarsson

Meet the explorers: “When real life is fake”

Cross the Greenland Ice Sheet, kayak in the wilderness for a week, or climb the highest mountain in Greenland. How will you test your limits?
Ilulissat - Sermermuit hike - icebergs. Photo by by Maria Sahai.

Greenland - a photographer’s dream come true

Photographers Karim and Maria Sahai explain why everyone who is interested in photography and nature should visit Greenland.
Female tourists taking a selfie with Marc Carreras on winter hike in Nuuk in Greenland. By Rebecca Gustafsson

20 Instagrammers in Greenland worth following

Northern lights, knitting, sailing, lots and lots of snow. How do locals in Greenland live their lives in tune with its grand nature? While Greenland may seem far away, you might be curious to know what everyday life is like in our polar nation. 

Kiki Bosch taking a breath between dives next to a giant iceberg of the Ilulissat Icefjord.

Diving into Ilulissat icefjord

Stefan Andrews retells how freediver Kiki Bosch defies the ice in her swimsuit.
The relaxing setting of the Uunartoq hot springs in South Greenland

Spa Culture the South Greenland Way

We all know the usual suspects in a spa – a trickling water fountain running over smooth stones, a CD lulling ‘Sounds of the Forest II’, a hot jacuzzi to sink into and, of course, loads of green plants to purify the air.
Kalaaliaraq Food. Photo by Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen.

Foodie revolution in Nuuk

“Local food, local food, local food” is the mantra of Inunnguaq Hegelund, the master chef of Kalaaliaraq. Hegelund is here to transform the restaurant scene in Greenland.
Sarfaq Ittuk. Photo by Mads Pihl

Family Fun in Nuuk: Take 5

Nuuk is one of the smallest capitals in the world, but it’s filled with unique experiences for families. Within the city itself there are vibrant colours, history and local foods to discover, while the surrounding immense nature offers limitless opportunities for little ones. Check out these five family-friendly activities to add to your Nuuk Bucket List.
Ujarneq Fleischer on the way out of airplane. Photo by Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen

Greenland - The Insider’s Guide

Throughout October we’ll be revealing our brand new series of videos about travelling in Greenland. Watch this space for Greenland | The Insider’s Guide - starting 1st October!
The Beauty of Unplugging in South Greenland - Photo by Eric Stoen

The Beauty of Unplugging in South Greenland

If you’re online, to some extent you’re not present.
A Chinese tourist hacking ice on a dog for drinking water during a sledding trip in the Disko Bay in Greenland

The Solo Female Traveller’s Guide to Ilulissat

Luxury solo traveller Vibha chases the northern lights and sails among the chiseled icebergs of Disco Bay.
Passenger ferry Sarfaq Ittuk in the Disko Bay under dramatic clouds in Greenland. By Mads Pihl

5 Underrated Places to Visit in Greenland

Greenland is by no means swarming with tourists, wherever you go in the country, but there are particular places where tourists congregate, and there’s a ‘beaten track’ to get off, if that’s your thing.
Northern lights over the Ilulissat Icefjord. Photo by Andre Schoenherr

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.
Metamorphic rocks on islands in the maniitsoq area. Photo by Anna Vass

Geotourism: Get up close and personal with Greenland

New, local geotourism experiences allow you to experience Greenland’s geology for yourself.
Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson - Visit Greenland

Our Watchlist: Top 5 Films About Greenland

Looking for some cultural inspiration for your trip to Greenland? Kick back and enjoy some of our top picks from the Greenlandic movie scene.
View from one of the Ilimanaq Lodge cabins on Disko Bay, Ilimanaq, - John van Helvert

One night in Ilimanaq

A night or two at the Ilimanaq Lodge is the perfect jumping-off point for travelers who may find themselves in Ilulissat with only a few days to explore the surrounding fjord.
Northern lights over the Leif Ericson statue in Qassiarsuk in South Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

What really happened to Greenland's vikings?

Many of us have heard the tale of troublesome Erik the Red, who found his way to Greenland after being exiled from Norway and Iceland for murder.
Midnight sun over Sermitsiaq mountain in Nuuk. Photo by By Vagn Hansen, Visit Greenland

5 Top Tips for Photographing the Midnight Sun

Don’t miss out on this expert advice from local photographer Vagn Hansen. Here he shares his top tips for getting the best shot of the midnight sun.
Empty kayak waiting by the pack ice. Photo by Kim Insuk - Visit Greenland

Qaanaaq: Winter vs. Summer

This town is almost as remote as it can get for a tourist in Greenland. It can already be quite a big deal for someone to make the decision to come to Greenland, but for those curious enough to see just how far north they can go, Qaanaaq becomes the challenge.
Female tourist looking at phone in Inneruulalik South Greenland by Photo by Peter Lindstrøm, Visit GreenlandPeter Lindstrøm, Visit Greenland

5 places in Greenland you won’t want to share

These five locations will make an offline traveller out of you, as they are simply too good to share.
Photo by Elia Locardi - Visit Greenland

Colourful Nuuk: The city break with a difference

Here are our 7 reasons that Nuuk is a city break with a difference
Nuuk Nordic Festival. Photo by Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen, Visit Greenland.

Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival: Nordic Ambitions and Arctic Atmosphere

You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to enjoy the biggest culture festival in Greenland that takes place every two years in the capital. Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival always offers heart warm hospitality and an extravaganza of experiences for all visitors.
Our guide leads the way through the heather in Tasermiut Fjord, South Greenland. Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland.

Experiencing South Greenland: hot springs, fjords and mountains. Lots of mountains.

As one of the largest masses of ice on earth is located at the heart of the country, I’ve always wondered why Greenland is called Greenland. Especially when flying over its enormous ice plain, I can’t help but wonder.
Ski touring skiers in heavy snowfall in Kuummiut in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl

7 things to do in bad weather in Greenland

It’s no secret that Greenland is not really a sun, sea and sand destination. Although we do have all three of those things (most of the time!), people don’t come to sunbathe.
View Point In The Ilulissat Icefjord. Photo - Jason C. Hill, Visit Greenland

The 13 Best Viewpoints in Ilulissat

Ilulissat is the third largest town in Greenland, and the iceberg capital of the country. The spectacular Ilulissat icefjord finishes just behind town and spills out natural sculptures of ice into the bay around Ilulissat. This means that there is hardly a viewpoint in the city which does not have a backdrop of majestically floating icebergs.
Traditional Dress - A drum dancer performing in Nuuk on National Day in Greenland

Drum and mask dance

If you enjoy seeing local culture close up, drum and mask dance is a completely unique experience that you will never forget. Its traditions have their roots in social, cultural and spiritual rituals which date back thousands of years.
A game of soccer in Nanortalik in South Greenland with a backdrop of rugged peaks. Photo by Mads Pihl.

Football in Greenland

Didn’t think Greenland was a proud football playing nation? Our lack of grass does not stop Greenlanders’ love of the sport and friendly competition.

20 Quick Facts about Greenland

Do we actually have penguins in Greenland?Find out this along with loads more interesting facts!
Tips for visiting Greenland with kids. Photo by Jurga Rubinovaite

9 Top Tips for Visiting Greenland with Kids

Are you considering a family trip to Greenland, but are not sure what to expect? Wondering if it’s easy to travel in Greenland with kids? Or maybe you are looking for ideas on what to see and do when visiting Greenland with children? Read on!
Guide cooking backcountry dinner over an open fire near the Arctic Circle. By Raven Eye Photography

Greenland in your kitchen: Lamb soup

These days we are spending more time at home than ever before. This has led to many people becoming Do-It-Yourself experts, gardening gurus and cooking extraordinaires!
Air Greenland, Helicopter At Kulusuk Airport. By Chris Brinlee Jr

Visa requirements for foreigners visiting Greenland

If you are a citizen of one of the countries below, you don't need to apply for a visa to enter Greenland.
The Family In Their National Clothing. Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland

Symbols you'll see on Greenland's National Day

Today, on June 21st, we invite you to join us in celebrating Greenland’s National Day - wherever you are in the world.
Sunrise over a tent camp by the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Discovering Kangerlussuaq through food (Part 1)

The Danish food writer Sune Rasborg visited Greenland and discovered that Kangerlussuaq, with its unique nature, is much more than just a transit airport.
Dogsledding in Kangerlussuaq with Johanne & Henning in the fjord. Photo by Anders Beier - Visit Greenland

Discovering Kangerlussuaq through food (Part 2)

The Danish food writer Sune Rasborg visited Greenland and discovered that Kangerlussuaq is much more than just a transit airport. We follow Sune's experiences with lunch preparation on a dogsled, thousands-of-years-old ice cubes by the inland ice, tales of ice fishing and a meeting with modern hunting culture.
Sisimiut Museum. Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland

The 13 Best Viewpoints in Sisimiut

Due to COVID-19, it is still not easy to travel the world, but here I can show you around the 13 best viewpoints in Sisimiut - and you can explore them virtually via Google maps!

Nuuk: Winter VS Summer

We launch a beautiful series of contrasting still photos from the Nation’s capital, taken both in summer and winter - try sliding between two equally gorgeous experiences.
Explosive and Heart Stopping Take. Photo by Allan Liddle.

Chasing ancient char in wild Greenland

Located right on the Arctic Circle in West Greenland, Sassannguit river had the promise of char fishing in exactly the pristine unspoiled wilderness I was hoping for.
A glacier hiker on the Greenland Ice Sheet kicking up ice on a sunny day near Kangerlussuaq. Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland.

8 Things You Can Only Find in Greenland and Nowhere Else

Here is a list of things that you can find ONLY in Greenland and nowhere else in the world.
Disko Bay Steam in Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Photo - David Trood, Visit Greenland

Greenland vs Iceland: The Arctic Travel Battle

10 basic differences between Greenland and Iceland you should know before booking your vacation.
Diving into the Nuuk fjord as the sun is setting. Photo by Peter Lindstrom - Visit Greenland

Editor's tips for 2021

Greenland’s on your bucket list for the new year - or perhaps even the year after - but when is the best time to visit Greenland and what are useful things to know before going? What are things to do in Greenland in winter as opposed to summer?

Kickstart Greenland's tourism - Webby Awards

Visit Greenland won in the category "Travel and experiences", where we were competing against strong candidates such as Tourism New Zealand and CNN. In this category Visit Greenland's video was selected from 13,500 entries from 70 countries.
Hans Egede Statue in Nuuk. Photo - Aningaaq R. Carlsen, Visit Greenland

300 years: Hans Egede's Mission and Legacy in Greenland

For better or worse, depending on who you ask, Hans Egede is one of the most influential people in Greenland’s history. Three hundred years ago, he arrived on our shores.

A magical bedtime story from Greenland

‘The Children and the Whale’ published by Little Gestalten, award-winning illustrator Daniel Frost takes you on a magical journey around the Arctic Circle in Greenland. The ideal bedtime story and children’s book about Greenland for adventure-seeking explorers!

Ilulissat Icefjord Centre

On the border of the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord lies Kangiata Illorsua – Ilulissat Icefjord Centre. The Icefjord Centre is a visitor and dissemination centre which, through the exhibition "The Tale of Ice", informs visitors about the history of ice, the culture in and around the icefjord, and climate change.

Extreme E - electric racing comes to Greenland! Join the adventure!

Fly fishing in Greenland is a short but exciting season. Avid fly fisherman Michael Rosing shares some of his in-depth knowledge about fly fishing in Greenland.
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The world’s largest feta cheese discovered in Greenland!

The world’s largest feta cheese iceberg has been on a journey around the coast of Greenland!
Boarding an Air Greenland flight at Kangerlussuaq International Airport. By Petter Cohen, Xtravel

Useful tips for flying with Air Greenland and Icelandair

Whether you are flying into Greenland for a holiday, to film or for business, it’s useful to know the following tips.
Locals and tourists toasting at a christmas dinner in Nuuk in Greenland. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

Happy Advent Sunday

On the first Advent Sunday, the orange Christmas stars are lit up on every single window while green northern lights dance in the sky. One of the cosiest times of the year in Greenland begins.
Evening Light View in Uummannaq - Photo- Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen - Visit Greenland

The light in the darkness

What does the darkest time of year look like in Greenland? The 21st of December is the Winter Solstice in Greenland - the shortest day of the year. 
Muskox under the sun in Jameson Land. Photo by Bo Normander

Musk oxen and sandstone mountains in Jameson Land

A hike in the northeastern Greenlandic wilderness in Jameson Land offers incredible mountain landscapes and intimate experiences with the large musk oxen that dig into the local vegetation.
Nukissiorfiit worker is moving ice with poclain in Qaanaaq. Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland

When ice becomes (drinking) water: Greenland's energy heroes

Employees of Greenland's utility company, Nukissiorfiit, work every day to ensure that residents across the country have access to vital energy, water and heat.
Whale Art by Aka Høegh, Qaqortoq. Photo - Peter Lindstrom, Visit Greenland

The Greenlandic hunting culture and the Bowhead Whale – a portrait

The Bowhead Whale can boast not only of its appearance in Season 4 of Borgen, but also of its status as the world's most padded baleen whale, and its history of coming close to extinction.
Langelinie polar bears. Photo by Giuseppe Liverino

Have some Greenland in Copenhagen

If you fly to Copenhagen but wish to pre-taste of the Arctic, you don’t want to miss this! This guide will help you find Greenland’s strong presence in the city’s cultural and historical sights.
Camping under the sunset. Photo by Mark Hutchison

Camping and exploration logistics in Greenland

For packing a tent, booking a flight and heading into nature, the considerations for exploration logistics are where, when, how, and most importantly what are the risks and how to manage them?