Greenland, don’t get confused with the name, it is not a land that is covered in greenery. It is a place that is present between the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a sort of dependent territory or autonomous territory of the kingdom of Denmark, which means that Greenland has some degree of self-governance to it. It is the largest non-continental island on planet earth with a population of approx 60,000.
On earth, there are very few places that are entirely covered with nature’s classic beauty and Greenland is one of them. If you are planning to visit a destination that is close to nature then Greenland might be your place. Its impressive environment, glaciers, icebergs, beautiful sunrise and sunset is a must-watch. And if you are more concentrated on the city side then you should move to the southwest coast of the island. In simple words, you can say that the southwest region is more populated and the other parts are least populated.
However, don’t forget to pack all your jackets and warm clothes as the temperature gets wired, normally the temperature is on the colder side. Thus Greenland is also known for flourishing seals, whales and polar bears. So to visit these natural treasures, you can hire a boat, airplane, or snowmobile. Transportation is not good here as the roads are not proper between the towns. Even then you will not feel any difficulty while traveling to another place.
Unique places to visit in Greenland:
1. Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
It is announced as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the Ilulissat Icefjord is believed to spread through 40 Km from Greenland to Disco Bay. Jakobshav Isbrae is the most productive glacier of the Northern hemisphere, which is located at the eastern end of the fjord. It is been analyzed that, each year 20 billion tones of icebergs are melted and passed out from fjord.
This the best place to visit in Greenland but the only thing that matters the most is the correct timing to visit if your lucky enough then you might see the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. It is a glacier that is five kilometers wide and one kilometer thick and can be seen from land. It floats on the water at the speed of 25 meters per day, so to view this Sermeq Kujalleq is a total adventure.
2. Disko Bay
Covering the western coast of Greenland, this Disko Bay has a huge historical significance at the history of Greenland. An explorer explored this place in 2400 B.C., according to them the water was very clean and super habitat through which the natural and marine life started to flourish.
If you are visiting Disko Bay then you should visit here at springtime because this season is the best to obtain and grab the full potential of this place. In this season you can easily watch the bowhead, humpback pilot, killer and narwhal whales. Even you can also view the migrated ducks, birds and other rare animals that you might only see here. This Disko Bay is a large place and you should take your time to complete the entire area and appreciate it.
3. Nuuk and The Greenland National Museum
If you are sort of person who likes to visit the museum and ascertain the knowledge of the history of Greenland then you should plan for a visit to Nuuk and The Greenland National Museum. Nuuk is the capital city and even the administrative center of Greenland, the population here is very less it is around 16,000. Here in the museum, you will see the collection of hunting equipment, kayaks, carvings, and Viking paintings.
Even if you like to see instruments and equipment from the early times then this is the correct place for you. One of the famous objects in this museum is the mummy of women and children that is so perfectly preserved that even you can easily see the tattoos and other clothing material easily and all the designs are still understandable. According to the records the mummy is around 500 years old. The museum also holds some exhibitions on arts and geology.
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4. Uunartoq Hot Springs, Greenland
The temperature of Greenland is not always cold but most of the time it is cold and even extreme, as it is near to the arctic circle. But the best time to visit Greenland is in cold weather, this is because in cold weather a tourist can cover almost every destination and can grab the immense beauty of Greenland. Similarly, Uunartoq Hot Spring is a small pool type natural area where you can relax and take a bath.
Most of the people get tired when they start a trip to Greenland because this place is so huge and big that it takes almost 2 to 3 weeks to complete all destinations. So it is necessary that you should visit the Uunartoq Hot Springs where you shall find small pools that are filled with warm water and this entire structure is completely natural however there are hundreds of small pools filled with hot water and the environment is packed with icebergs. So you should definitely go and relax.
5. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Greenland
Have you visited all the stunning visual places in Greenland and if your answer is YES then you might be wrong because you have not seen the Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ). It is said as the “biggest light show on earth”, if you are travelling in Greenland then this is a scene that you must see. Thus it is completely natural and an incredible experience to obtain.
Now there would be a list of questions that would have arrived in your mind about the Northern Lights, one of the main question must be, when can we see this gorgeous views? And the answer is the entire year but to be more specific and accurate you can see this during the summer months in Greenland due to the midnight effect. Even the Northern Lights are visible across Greenland and also in Qaqortoq (south), Ittoqqortoormiit (east), and Kangerlussuaq (west) provide the best views. It is an experience that one should definitely obtain.
In the end
Basically in Greenland, there are numerous places where you can visit however going through this article you would have got an idea that which place is the best for you and what is the history and magic behind it. Greenland is a place where you should visit at least once to experience the natural beauty that nature has offered you. So for more travel-related articles do visit Indiaimagine.