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The Big Arctic Five

Posted on April 21st, 2015.

We have all heard of the Big Five of Africa, the roaring lions, the trumpeting elephants, the buffaloes lurking in the long grass, the rhinos enjoying the shade under a tree and leopards hunting in the dark of night.

But have you ever in your wildest fantasy imagined Greenland would also have its own Big Arctic Five? The howling husky dogs, the enchanting Northern Lights, the frosty white snow and deep turquoise ice, the proud and strong pioneers of the Greenlandic people and the majestic and elegant whales. Indulge yourself in this bucket-list of must-dos in Greenland and let us take you on a journey of a lifetime!

Dog Sledding:

In Greenland you can enjoy a unique and authentic dog sledding adventure year round. Traveling during winter or summer, spring or fall, you are bound for an adventure of a lifetime, when exploring the Greenlandic countryside. The Greenlandic people have always used dogs and sleds for crossing the wast landscape of their country and their kayaks for hunting at sea. The sled dogs are reliable and hard working animals and have provided the Greenlandic people with a way of connecting settlements with reliable trade routes, inland hunting and transportation of individuals during even the roughest weather conditions.

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

 

Northern Lights:

The Northern Lights have been spellbinding a    nd mesmerising us all in the press in recent years. Popular destinations count Norway, Iceland and Finland for top destinations for a chance to see a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. Greenland, on the other hand, is also located above the Arctic Circle, is easily accessible on both the East and West coast, and you are guaranteed an original and unique experience when chasing the Northern Lights in the Greenlandic countryside. With the small settlements scattered alongside the coast of the biggest island in the world, Greenland enjoys less light pollution and easy access to the wilderness, than most other destinations for the Northern Lights.

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

 

Ice & Snow:

Throughout the seasons, you will find snow and ice in Greenland. The glaciers, the ice cape and the thousands of icebergs floating in the sea around Greenland will indulge your senses as nowhere else in the world. The UNESCO Heritage Site of the Disco Bay, is a famous destination of nature lovers and you a guaranteed to be in for a once in a lifetime experience when visiting the Disco Bay.

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Photo by Magssannguaq Qujaukitsoq – Visit Greenland

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

 

Pioneering People:

The Greenlandic people, descendent from Norse, Inuit and Northern European heritage, is at the frontier of merging old traditions from the Inuit culture or hunting with more modern takes on education, fashion, music, food and nature experiences. The Greenlandic people has always been famous for their open-mindedness and are happy to invite you in for Kaffe Mik, their equivalent to the English afternoon tea. So do not let your chance pass by, to meet the people of Greenland, who are so adorned and loved by the Danish Royal family, who come to visit the Greenlanders several times a year.

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

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Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

 

Whales:

Year round, whales, seals and fish roam the coast of Greenland. With guided tours supported by the local hunters and fishermen, you will be blown away by the icebergs gently floating alongside your boat, as you go whale watching under the Midnight Sun.

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Photo by Julie Skotte – Visit Greenland

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Photo by Julie Skotte – Visit Greenland

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