North Greenland is synonymous with icebergs and glaciers. It is home to what is said to be the world’s fastest-moving glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, which is located close to the town of Ilulissat. In fact, the word ‘Ilulissat’ even means iceberg in Greenlandic!
The waters around Greenland’s coast are packed with islands, but Disko Island is the largest of them. It’s so big that it has plenty of its own glaciers to explore.
Destination Arctic Circle gives perhaps the easiest access to the ice cap of any of Greenland’s regions – which, of course, means easy access to glaciers, too!
Although you can often see icebergs in the waters around Nuuk, you will not find any glaciers close to town. Fortunately, Nuuk sits right at the entrance of an amazingly intricate fjord system into which a few different glaciers feed, so it is an easy day trip to go and witness the city’s closest glaciers.
If you’re visiting South Greenland, you’re already a part of the exhilarating tangle of fjords, glaciers, islands and winding coastlines that make up the region. There are inlets and glaciers everywhere, and moving between towns must usually be done by boat or helicopter since settlements are dotted across this fascinating terrain. This means there are many more accessible glaciers in South Greenland than can be described here.
East Greenland’s glaciers are slightly more difficult to access, but no less spectacular. The most accessible are those within the Sermilik fjord system, which is close to East Greenland’s largest (and only) town, Tasiilaq.