You will often encounter animals in the nature of Greenland. In the surroundings of Kangerlussuaq some of the world's biggest flocks of musk oxen live alongside with reindeer. They are not difficult to spot and there are good opportunities of going on excursions in the area of Kangerlussuaq.
20 whale species
Seals swim everywhere along the coasts of Greenland; however, they are not easy to spot. On the other hand there are good opportunities of admiring the mastodons of the ocean, the whales, when they move around the sea and fjords. About 20 different species live in the waters of Greenland. It is most common to see fin whales; humpback whales and minke whales in addition to species such as the bowhead whale, blue whale and sperm whale.
In some areas there are particularly good chances of seeing whales, and in towns such as Nuuk, Qeqertarsuaq and Aasiaat, whale safaris are offered. If you get the chance, enjoy watching these giants in their elegant play of swinging their tales and fins. The thought of these enormous animals once being the prey of whalers in fragile kayaks is quite astounding.
The king of animals in the Arctic regions
On land the polar bear is the king of animals and it is not by chance that this proud and strong animal is depicted on Greenland's national arms. It has its territories in the north and the east, preferably far away from humans. This is why you should not anticipate the chance of meeting polar bears on your trip.
The white-tailed eagle
Around 50 species of bird breed in Greenland and amongst them the white-tailed eagle is the most beautiful with its wingspan of about 2,5 metres. It is, however, rarely seen opposed to ptarmigans, eiders, kittiwakes and auks, witch are also regarded as delicatessen in Greenlandic cuisine. The raven is also frequently encountered. A Greenlandic legend tells that the raven comes with light after darkness.