It’s usually around this time of the year where media and tourist destinations try to convince you to visit their tropical island, city or ski resort, because it is the biggest, prettiest, flashiest, or <insert any adjective> place to have a holiday.  

This year, we thought that we’d try something different, and re-acknowledge the already known fact that Greenland is not for everyone. In fact, if you are planning on visiting Greenland, it would be helpful if you were aware of what you’re getting into.

Don’t get us wrong, Greenland is a very special destination that will give you experiences hard to replicate elsewhere, but there’s also some things not always in our control. So don’t come to Greenland unless….

"The Arctic is a place where you can’t always be in charge of it all."

Things to do

Use our ‘Things To Do’ guide to filter when you want to do it, where you want to go and what type of activities you can experience.

You’re willing to be flexible

Being open-minded when traveling is important no matter where you go, but the Arctic is a place where you can’t always be in charge of it all.

For example, the same weather conditions that produce enough snow for dog sledding, might also give you a day where you are better off staying indoors.

Tip:

So go ahead and plan your trip as much as you like but be prepared for a few changes along the way - and maybe consider including a few days to relax so that you do Greenland the local way and tackle each day as it comes.

You’re ok to have a digital detox

You’re traveling to get to one of the most remote and least accessible countries in the world.

It’s the chance to unplug from the world wide web and get in touch with marvelous natural surroundings, yourself and your travel companions - and it’s probably better to come to Greenland with this mindset.

Tip:

If you need your internet fix it is still possible to purchase WiFi in most places albeit at a higher price than you’re likely used to. However, Nuuk library offers limited free internet access for all, and accommodations like the fine Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Hotel Qaqortoq, Vandrehuset and Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk offer their guests free WiFi in their rooms!

Winter activities - dependent on snow levels

  • Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ski touring, ice climbing - late January to April
  • Heliskiing - March to May
  • Ice fishing - whenever there is ice
  • Northern lights -  Mid-August to April
  • Trophy hunting - August to November

Summer activities

  • Midnight sun - May to August
  • Whale watching, iceberg and sailing safaris, cruising, river fishing - June to September
  • Hiking - May to October
  • Kayaking - May to September
  • Climbing and mountaineering - June to September
  • Culture related activities - All year round!

You can pack creatively

If you’ve booked your flight ticket, we can tell you already now: pack within the standard 20 kilo checked baggage guidelines of the carriers, for example the national airline Air Greenland.

Due to the fact that everything from food to dogs to plasma TVs are shipped or flown into Greenland, weight and space on aircrafts are precious.

Therefore, every kilo counts and is accounted for. You might get charged for even bringing a kilo or two extra in.

Tip:

Read the checked baggage guidelines.

Let us know what you need

There are many more tips, but these are probably some of the most important =)

Do let us know if you have any other points you feel that we should include in the future! Contact us at: newsletter@greenland.com

"Be prepared for a few changes along the way."