Greenland is truly a beautiful place, covered in ice. For the ones who want to visit a place where they can enjoy the scenic view away from the massive crowds, Greenland is the place to resort to! Greenland, the world’s biggest island, is full of places that are so fit for a soul-feeding experience in the form of a trip. The following are our top picks for the places in Greenland you can’t afford to miss!
- Scoresby Sund
Being the biggest fjord system in the world, Scoresby Sund was made by decades of floating icebergs and seismic movements of ice. It occupies about 100 kilometres off the coast of Greenland and is a must on the travel list to Greenland if you are interested in experiencing what the Arctic has to offer. There are lots of polar expeditions going on at all times at the Scoresby Sund, where you are certain to see a plethora of seabirds, polar bears, and even narwhal whales. For these expeditions, make sure you carry a pair of binoculars!
In case you are a fan of bathing in hot springs, you cannot miss exploring Uunartoq. It is located in the middle of Nanortali and Qaqortoq and can be travelled to in the daytime with the help of boats. Even though there are a lot of hot springs in Greenland, the only few that are warm enough to bathe in are present in Uunartoq. Uunartoq is an aesthetically pleasing place and the whole scenario of you enjoying a warm bath in the hot spring while glancing over the beautiful views will not leave your head anytime soon, after you experience it! This place has very minimal signs of human intervention, which includes gangways and a cottage, making the place serene and worth exploring.
- Greenland National Museum and Archives
Built during the mid- ‘60s, the Greenland National Museum and Archives is one of the oldest museums of the island. The main attractions here are the mummies of a 6-month old child who was dug at Qilakitsoq and that of 3 women. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole of Greenland, and other things that can be viewed in this museum are various artefacts of archaeological and anthropological nature. Excavated tools, buildings, ruins, etc. are some of the things you will frequently see here, making this museum worth a visit.
Katuaq, an L-shaped modernist structure, was designed by the famous Schmidt Hammer Lassen. The place consists of two auditoriums, which are used to host concerts, and screen movies, and organise plays and conferences. The bigger auditorium has a capacity of over a thousand people, while the other auditorium can seat about 500 people each. One of the more interesting things about Katuaq is that it has a Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) themed screen, which overlooks the central space of Nuuk. Overall, Katuaq is indeed a sought-out tourist attraction and is worth experiencing.
- Ilulissat Icefjord
Ilulissat Icefjord extends 40kms to the Disko Bay from the Greenland ice sheet, and in 2004, it was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage site. At its eastern end, the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Jakobshavn Isbrae, is located, which passes out around 20Bn tonnes of icebergs after melting. To visit the place, people usually take a boat. This place is so beautiful to look at that one might resort to calling it a wonder within nature. To get an aerial view of the Ilulissat Icefjord, many people take a helicopter service, which is worth the experience, to say the least.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just an amateur, Greenland can’t possibly fail to impress you. From beautiful sceneries to hot springs and whale watching, Greenland is a wonderland for any set of eyes. And if you’re visiting between November and March, there is a high chance for you to be able to witness the greatest light show on Earth— the Aurora Borealis! So pack your bags, book your tickets, set off for a journey of a lifetime!
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