Spring in Greenland

There is something quite nerve-wracking about waiting for an enormous whale; you know it lurking just below the surface of the water, to show itself.

"Qeqertarsuaq, a paradise for whales."

"The guests on the boat are waiting. They are trying to catch a glimpse of a whale fluke penetrating the oceans mirror like surface."

The spring air is clear and the sun is low in the horizon in this paradise for whales, Qeqertarsuaq. The guests on the boat are waiting. They are trying to catch a glimpse of a whale fluke penetrating the oceans mirror like surface. Who will be the first one to spot the whale and will my photo be the best picture of the whale?

Suddenly the whale breaks the surface. An enormous animal of the sea that takes everyone’s breath away. Of all the different whales, the humpback whale is the least shy one. Frolicking in the water, it splashes its flipper down hard in order to paralyze its prey; the fish.

Excitement and joy spreads among the guests on the boat who are eagerly pressing the shutter buttons on their cameras.

Experience a whale watching safari

Whale watching is possible pretty much everywhere in Greenland, where there are charter and fishing boats. The boats will take you out to the areas where the whales are usually spotted and where they are used to seeing the boats visit.

During the summer months, the whales you are most likely to meet are the humpback whale, the minke whale and the fin whale. You might even find the gigantic, 18 meter long and one hundred ton heavy bowhead whale, swimming right past you.

A great location for a whale watching tour is in the ocean outside of Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) on Disko Island. Greenland Travel offers tours in the area.

"Whale watching is possible pretty much everywhere in Greenland, where there are charter and fishing boats."

How to get there

You can get to the Disko Bay area by Air Greenland. Have a look at their website:

www.airgreenland.com

The Disko Bay: A paradise for the whales

The Disko Bay area is known as a meeting place for the great whales during spring. Here, you will most likely get to meet:   

The humpback whale is the acrobat of the whales and can be seen in the waters around Greenland from April to November. This playful whale is usually spotted in the waters by Nuuk, Aasiaat and Qeqertarsuaq during the summer months.

The minke whale is usually spotted all along the West Coast from May to October. The minke whales dorsal fin is shaped like a sail and on both the pectoral fins there is a broad white colored marking.

The fin whale is the largest animal in the northern hemisphere; only surpassed by the blue whale, and is found in both East and West Greenland from May to December.

The bowhead whale, or the Greenland right whale, is only found in the Arctic Ocean. It moves between summer and winter feeding grounds and usually makes its presence known in the Disko Bay, especially around April.

Did you know that the bowhead whale can reach the venerable age of 250 years?