Greenland is the wildcard for true adventure junkies. As the largest non-continental island in the world, with the lowest population density, it promises a raw nature fueled experience. Think iceberg carving, mid-night sun cruises and challenging hikes.
Image via Flickr CC, Destination Arctic Circle: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
To pack in a rounded experience, consider heading to Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq. No two towns are connected in Greenland -dogsled is the main mode of transport during the winter – so flying is a must. This is also the best way to absorb the sheer scale and awesomeness of Greenland’s landscapes.
Kangerlussuaq sits on the cusp of the Arctic Circle on a 170km fjord and is the gateway to the Greenland Ice Cap. Hike, bike or drive the 30km to the ice cap, brace against the cold and marvel as it calves thunderously into the waters below. In the summer months, kayak through the fjord and lakes for an alternative perspective. Wildlife lovers will also enjoy watching out for Arctic animals. Boasting 300 days a year of clear skies, this is the best spot to watch the magical northern lights, come the winter months.
Image via Flickr CC, Guido Appenzeller: Ilulissat, Greenland
Next: fly over to Ilulissat.The town sits regally on the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the most active glacier in the world and has dotted the sea with a variety of magnificent icebergs – listen out for the distant crackle as new ‘bergs are born. You can get a true sense of their power by getting up close with a boat or helicopter tour.
There is an abundance of good hiking trails around Ilulissat’s mountains and lakes, but if you visit during the winter months dog sledding is the way forwards. There are 4,500 people living in Ilulissat and 3,500 dogs. Enough said.
*Featured image via Flickr CC, Greenland Travel: Ilulissat.