Have you ever seen a big brownish stone move? Probably not, but this is what your first encounter with the musk ox might seem like. This large and calm hoofed animal blends in almost completely with the surroundings of Kangerlussuaq and it is not until it starts to move you realize that you are looking at a living thing. Musk oxen are considered to be peaceful animals but keep a distance of at least 30-50 metres.
A classic excursion around Kangerlussuaq
One of the best places in the world to see musk oxen is around Kangerlussuaq - the main gateway to Greenland. A musk ox safari gives you a unique opportunity to see musk oxen at close range. The excursions that are run by a couple of tourist offices are classic trips that have almost become synonymous with the area. The wool of the musk ox is considered to be the world's warmest and it is possible to buy lovely products made of it several places in Greenland.
Equipment and clothing for the musk ox trip
A musk ox safari does not require anything other than a camera and perhaps a pair of binoculars, as well as clothing and shoes suitable for the season if you choose to get out when the vehicle makes a stop en route.
Depending on whether you are travelling alone or in a group, you will be driven in a small jeep or a larger bus. The vehicle will take you to places where there are normally good chances of spotting the characteristic musk ox.
Herd animal in untamed nature
Although the musk ox is used to humans, it is still a wild herd animal and you should not get too close; this will be explained in more detail by the guides. On some trips you may be unfortunate and not meet any musk oxen or only catch a glimpse of them through a pair of binoculars. It is this unpredictable charm that applies to all wildlife in Greenland.
Straight from flight to musk ox excursion
A musk ox safari can in many cases be combined with a transit stay in Kangerlussuaq. Some holidaymakers to Greenland actually walk directly from the aeroplane through the small terminal and out into the safari bus. If you have a couple of days in Kangerlussuaq you may also be lucky enough to see musk oxen on an excursion to the ice sheet. It is of course also possible to try to find the animals on foot if you have the sufficient time and spirit to do it.
Musk Ox Safari
The musk ox is found naturally in Northeast Greenland. In the 1960s, 27 animals were moved to Kangerlussuaq. Today this number has risen to around 10,000.
Practical info about Musk Ox Safari
No physical requirements. No previous experience needed.
Little or no requirements on physical condition or previous experience.
Some requirements on physical condition. Previous experience may be needed for some activities.
Highly demanding activities, requiring good physical condition and endurance. May involve extremely low temperature, rough terrain, etc. Previous experience needed.
Please note that some activities can be found on several adventure levels, and offerings may vary by location.
What time of the year?
The green bars show when you can experience the place or the phenomenon, or do the activity or the event.