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11 Incredible Reasons to Cruise Greenland

by Krista Hillis Blog

Once you contract the Polar Bug, it's a tough thing to kick. After all, there's nothing quite like seeing your first enormous iceberg, sailing into a snowy fjord, or watching a humpback whale breach over the dark polar water. Greenland gives you the opportunity to experience all of this.
Antarctic Peninsula

Regions: Arctic

Destinations: Greenland

11 reasons to cruise, visit, and explore Greenland 

Once you contract the Polar Bug, it's a tough thing to kick.

After all, there's nothing quite like seeing your first enormous iceberg, sailing into a snowy fjord, or watching a humpback whale breach over the dark polar water.

Greenland gives you the opportunity to experience all of this.

Visit this Arctic island and you'll be able to explore one of Earth's most precious polar treasures. In fact, you may wonder why you haven't taken a Greenland trip sooner. Here are some of the top reasons why.

1. You can see the northern lights

Seeing the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, is a truly mystical experience. Visit Greenland between September and April, and you can find out for yourself. One of the best places to do so is Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system on Earth.

2. Glaciers and icebergs are abundant

You can explore enormous ice formations throughout Greenland, so be sure to take a camera capable of panoramic shots!

3. The midnight sun shines round the clock

Most of us are used to the sun rising and setting every day. Pay a visit north of the Arctic Circle, however, and you'll see things work a little differently. 

4. Greenland's ice sheet is gargantuan

The Greenland ice sheet is something every polar traveler should visit. It covers approximately 80% of Greenland's land surface, is about 100,000 years old, and is 2,000 – 3,000 meters (6,600 – 9,800 feet) thick.

5. You can visit Greenland whales

Bowhead, fin, humpback, and many other species of whale call the Greenland Sea home. They feed off krill and other plentiful food sources, giving you yet another reason to explore this astounding Arctic island.

6. You can meet the people of Greenland

Traveling is not just about exploring the land, it's also about meeting its people. The Inuit are a culturally diverse native group you may be able to visit on your Greenland cruise. Enjoy experiencing their folklore, art forms, and traditions.

7. Greenland has a wealth of Arctic wildlife

From polar bears to musk oxen, dozing walruses to bounteous flocks of birds, Greenland lets you visit numerous Arctic species.

8. Explore the extensive Greenland coastline

Some of the best Greenland scenery is along the coastline. Join one of our walking groups and explore the gorgeous Arctic flora, fauna, and terrain to be found there.

9. Chill your cocktails with ancient ice

If you're able to get your hands on a small piece of free-floating ice during your visit, you may be able to use it to chill your drink back on ship. Some of these small chunks of Greenland ice are up to 4,000 years old. Now that's vintage.

10. See Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system on Earth

Explore Scoresby Sund, one of the best areas on the planet to view the northern lights, and you may feel accordingly small during your Greenland visit. Scoresby Sund's most inland waters are 350 km (217 miles) from the coast. 

11. Go on guided Zodiac tours 

Zodiac excursions let you leave the ship and get closer to all the great Greenland wildlife and terrain. All landings will involve a Zodiac, but sometimes you may just explore around the bergs in these tough boats, taking in all the exotic sights and sounds.

Plan your Greenland visit today

Greenland is a confirmed traveler's paradise, offering some of the most unique exploratory experiences on the planet. Between the culture, history, wildlife, and landscape, you won't be able to help seeing why Greenland is such an otherworldly Arctic destination. 

Follow this link to find out more about our fantastic Greenland cruises.

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