Greenland’s remote and stunning panoramas ensure a trip you will not forget in your lifetime. Even though Greenland is geographically close to the likes of Iceland, Norway, and Canada, the fact that there are no highways in the country makes it a very different experience to any of those countries. Think of it as the land of vast ice and stunning beauty, perfect for travel lovers and adventurers seeking remote and breathtaking landscapes
The isolated country is the largest island in the world and the majority of it is covered by the polar ice cap. All the villages, or settlements as they are known in Greenland, are not on the ice-cap but around it. This ensures some stunning sights and cultural experiences that can not be found anywhere else in the world.
Since it is hard to get to Greenland and explore it, there is very little information about it online. So here is the visa information and a list of 8 absolute must dos that you should keep in mind while exploring the country
Visa For Greenland
If you have an Indian passport, you need a visa for Greenland. If you do not have a Schengen visa, you will need to apply for it at the Denmark VFS closest to you. This will allow you to enter all Schengen states and Greenland. Even if you DO have a Schengen visa issued by any country other than Denmark, then you still need a visa for Greenland. You can apply for it at the Denmark VFS closest to you. I submitted all the documents requested at the VFS Centre in CP, Delhi and it took 6 weeks for my visa to be processed.
Things To Do In Greenland
Tucked along the shores of Davis Strait, Sisimiut is a picturesque town known for its colourful houses, cultural heritage, and proximity to the surrounding natural wonders. As the second-largest settlement in Greenland, Sisimiut offers an intriguing blend of modern amenities and traditional Inuit lifestyle. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture by participating in dog sledding during winter time, exploring the colourful handicraft markets, or embarking on hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding fjords and mountains.
As you sail further north, you will come across Kullorsuaq, a remote village with a population of just 450 people. It is also one of the most scenic villages in Greenland, nestled amidst a striking landscape of towering peaks and dramatic cliffs. Kullorsuaq provides a unique opportunity for nature enthusiasts to experience the Arctic ecosystem up close. Hiking trails wind through the rugged terrain. One thing is for sure – you will feel completely disconnected from the modern world here
Continuing northward, the settlement of Siorapaluk is one of the northernmost inhabited places on Earth. The population here is just 45 people, mostly hunters. Its isolation and breathtaking surroundings create a sense of awe-inspiring wonder. This is the perfect place to learn more about indigenous Inuit culture and their traditional hunting practices and age-old superstitions. If you visit during summer time, you can expect 24 hours of daylight. Siorapaluk boasts of the midnight sun during the summer months and the gorgeous aurora borealis across the night sky during winter months.
4. Thule Region
Home to the Thule Air Base, a visit to the Thule Region is a must during your time in Greenland. The rugged beauty of this region includes vast tundra, icy fjords, and towering mountains that seem to touch the heavens. You can witness the remains of ancient settlements, evidence of a rich history that spans millennia, and folklore that is central to Inuit culture. This is also the perfect place to spot rare Arctic foxes and elusive polar bears.
5. Disko Bay
Further south lies Disko Bay where colossal icebergs produced by Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO Heritage Site, drift silently along the sea currents, to feed the rivers of the world. The contrast between the azure waters and the dazzling white ice formations creates a surreal atmosphere that needs to be seen to be believed. Disco Bay is a must visit place in Greenland because no photos or videos can do justice to the sheer expanse of this place! You can also hop on a boat tour here to witness these giant icebergs and ice sculptures up close – this is an experience you might never forget! You can also stay in the town of Ilulissat for a few days.
6. Eqi Glacier
One of Greenland’s most impressive natural wonders, the Eqi Glacier is a massive wall of ice that seems to touch the sea. Here it is possible to see massive ice chunks calving into the water below, especially if you visit during summer time. Hiking to viewpoints near the glacier provides an opportunity to marvel at the enormity of this natural phenomenon. Seeing Mother Nature’s beauty this close will make you determined to protect its beauty and never litter the places you travel to in the future 🙂
Providing a respite from the icebergs and glaciers, Akulleq is a must visit place in Greenland. Here the landscape is rugged and desert like. Mineral deposits have coloured the hills here yellow and orange. Go for a hike and drink in the views of the surrounding Baffin sea.
In the northernmost reaches of Greenland, Savissivik is full of pristine landscapes and home to a small, close-knit community of less than 100 inhabitants. The village truly epitomises the resilience of the human spirit in the face of extreme conditions. Visitors can engage with the locals and gain insight into their traditional way of life, which revolves around fishing and hunting. Savissivik is also home to the largest graveyard to icebergs in Greenland, a sight that needs to be seen to be believed. Here some of the icebergs are as tall as skyscrapers and Arctic wilderness takes centre stage. It is sights that these that truly make Greenland one of the most unique and remote destinations in the whole world.
And that’s it – a list of 8 must visit places in Greenland. From colourful settlements and some of the northernmost villages of the world to icy landscapes and rare wildlife, Greenland has it all. As you spend time in the country exploring Sisimiut, Kullorsuaq, Siorapaluk, the Thule Region, Disko Bay, Eqi Glacier, Akulleq, and Savissivik, you will gain a deep appreciation and gratitude for Mother Nature, which is in its purest form here in Greenland. We hope this inspired you to contemplate a visit to this remote corner of the world
Did you know there are no highways in Greenland & internal flights are extremely limited! Cruises and polar voyages are the most convenient option for exploring the country and seeing all the breathtaking places mentioned above. If you’re contemplating a polar voyage, check this out for the best offers right now
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