Greenland prides itself on having only free and wild animals in its waters, so Greenland’s whales are free to swim wherever the krill and schools of fish lead them. That being said, some species favor certain fjords, making many places along the Greenland coast reliable havens for whale watching.
In South Greenland, where there is practically more water than land, fin and minke whales in particular love to play in the extensive fjord system. Sailing is popular as everyday transportation, so even a quick jaunt between towns and villages becomes a whale watching opportunity.
Disko Bay is famous as a sea of ice, but in summer, the whales just might outnumber the icebergs. These intelligent animals must realize that the silhouette of their tail flukes against mammoth icebergs makes for the perfect photograph, because humpback, minke, and fin whales all head straight for these northern waters. Even the bowhead whale spends its whole winter in Disko Bay.
NUUK FJORD’S FAITHFUL FRIENDS
Thousands of humpback whales choose West Greenland waters near Paamiut, Maniitsoq, and Aasiaat to play in for a few months, but a special dozen humpbacks make Nuuk Fjord their summer home year after year. Just as Greenlanders in North Greenland await the sun’s return to start the spring season, it is the return of the humpback whales that signals summertime in the Capital Region.
Travelers doing whale watching in Nuuk have a special job to fulfill with Nuuk Fjord’s faithful friends. Let your photographs and lifetime memories play double duty by sharing them with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. You can help researchers learn more about the humpback whales in Nuuk, all thanks to your best shot of the day!