Greenland
Greenland

Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.

Top 10 Travel Destinations Greenland

Show all

73 travelers at this place

  • Day1

    A beautiful start

    September 3, 2017 in Greenland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    We've had such a good first day! The hiking is a bit boring because for the most part, we're walking on a gravel road to the ice cap. I very much prefer trails, but there's an exciting part - it's the longest road in all of Greenland from Kangerlussuaq to the eternal ice!

    The weather has been wildly mixed, we got everything from sun to rain and some hail. And the closer we get to this massive body of ice (an area covering almost 5 times the area of Germany), the colder the air is getting. We set up camp in the late afternoon by a small lake, protected from the icy wind coming from the east. After I took a short nap, we walked up to Russell glacier to explore the enormous mass of ice and later enjoy one of the most magical sunsets. The twilight let the fall-colored bushes and heather glow red and yellow, while the Ice shone in piercing bright white.

    We also made friends with Frank (picture 3), a proud Greenlandic musk ox, with such long hair and short legs, it looked extremely entertaining to watch him run across the Arctic tundra :)
    Read more

  • Day2

    This day is a gift :)

    September 4, 2017 in Greenland ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    We were so impressed and taken by the ice cap, we decided to stick around another day and hike further north and up on same level with the ice. It was going to be a long hike and towards freezing winds, but we were lucky to have sun all day and enjoyed all the different views we got, following the giant glacier northward. Around 3pm, I was standing on the ice cap :) I didn't go far and Johanne decided to stay on terra firma, but it was so exciting to see the endless amount of ice and more and more ice, as far as the horizon goes.

    To be honest, walking on the long gravel road was not the most fun and on the way back, we both had very unhappy feet. But the views were incredible and it was all worth it, plus we were going to get on the trails once back in Kangerlussuaq. But then heaven (I call it Marvin) sent along an empty tour bus and two Danish guides who gave us a ride back to our tent :)

    While packing up and getting ready to hike for at least a few more hours before sunset, Johanne had a small breakdown, which I've had plenty when traveling or hiking in a new place. Sometimes the long and physically demanding journey ahead or all the unknown places or just new challenges can just get overwhelming. I know these moments very well and just as I told Johanne about a "what the h am I doing here" moment I had earlier this year and said "...and as soon as you decide to just keep going anyways, usually something amazing an beautiful follows your doubts". The second I finished the sentence, another tourbus (the second of only two that day) came around the corner. I start running just to catch it in time for them to pick us up, get us all the way back to Kangerlussuaq and up our spirits with free refreshments and a delicious giant dinner sandwich, which we enjoyed at our campsite just outside of town. Thanks, Marvin!
    Read more

  • Day1

    Ready for the arctic?

    September 3, 2017 in Greenland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    It's time for another hiking adventure :) This time I'm headed into the Arctic - the most northern trip I've done - and luckily in one of the four snow-free months in South-Western Greenland. The idea for this trip started over a year ago when Johanne and I met on a hiking trip in Norway http://bit.ly/2f3TN3U. That day, we didn't only decide to become friends, but also to see each other again on another hike :) We've met up in Copenhagen and Berlin since and are now finally going to hang out in the wilderness again!

    Our hike will be just under 2 weeks and around 260km, going between Kangerlussuaq (Greenland's international airport), the ice cap and Sisimiut, a coastal town of 5,000 people and Greenland's second biggest city. We're packed up with food for 14 days, warm clothing for temperatures well below freezing and a ton of excitement for a good adventure ahead.

    Our adventure started today right when arriving at the small town of Kangerlussuaq. Our first task was to find gas for cooking, since we cannot take gas cans on the airplane. We had done our research and knew the local supermarket should have some - which it didn't. "Sold out." "Hmm. Where else can we find some?" "No idea." End of conversation for the sales rep. End of 2 weeks cooking warm dinners for us. But we weren't going to give up and eventually found gas at a little ice cream shop.

    So with the heaviest backpacks, we headed out in the late afternoon towards the ice cap. The road east is easy and after just 2 hours, we made camp by a river. Feels great to be back on the trails and sleeping in my tent. It'll be great to eat more and more of the food so the pack can weigh less and less ;)
    Read more

  • Day3

    Landed - Kangerlussuaq

    August 25, 2019 in Greenland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Kangerlussuaq, which means ‘Big Fjord’ is tiny although they do have the military presence here

    The buses, for our onward journey to pick up Explorer in Sondrestrom Port, includes an American yellow school bus. It’s clear that, as ‘Birdy’ said this is a community which repairs extensively!Read more

  • Day3

    National Geographic Explorer

    August 25, 2019 in Greenland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Arrived at Sondrestrom Port where Explorer is harboured, we have a 5 minute Zodiac ride to reach the ship, thankfully we’ve made it and enjoying a well deserved drink in the lounge...cheers 🍺

    The sight of our luggage coming aboard looks a little scary so fingers crossed
    Read more

  • Day2

    Hinflug

    December 13, 2019 in Greenland ⋅ ☁️ -22 °C

    Der Hinflug war einmalig. Noch nie bin ich über so viel Eiswüste geflogen - unsere Erde ist einfach immer wieder super faszinierend und ich klebte regelrecht am Fenster. Zum Glück wurde es dann doch irgendwann so dunkel, dass ich nichts mehr sehen und wenigstens zwei Stunden Schlaf nachholen konnte. Als ich aufwachte flogen wir über ein Eismeer mit den verschiedensten Zuständen gefrorenen Wassers, dazu ein Vollmond der immer nur einen kleinen Kegel der Oberfläche zum glitzern brachte und so über die unendliche weiße Fläche schwebte... die Fotos und meine Worte geben nicht mal annähernd dieses Naturschauspiel wieder!Read more

    Frei, wie ein Vogel: Umarmung von Hanna

    12/19/19Reply

    alle guten Wünsche zu Deinem Geburtstag, wo auch immer Du jetzt bist. Liebe Grüße, von Hanna

    12/21/19Reply
    Helena

    Vielen lieben Dank Hanna :)

    12/23/19Reply
     
  • Day16

    Day 14 Tasiilaq, Greenland

    August 15, 2019 in Greenland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Today we visited the substitute port of Tasiilaq part of South Eastern Greenland. Greenland is now it’s own country with appropriate representation and governance although it still retains Danish currency and close economic and militate you ties. The population is mainly Inuit and they have their own language although most have some Danish and some English as well.

    The township itself is about 2500 strong and is as you might imagine fairly basic. There is a small supermarket, a couple of other souvenir/tourist shops, a post office and bank. They have a decent size hospital and school, a couple of churches and a largish port (the main industry being fishing). It takes about an hour to do a loop of the township and see the sights such as they are. The day was an absolute cracker, cool - about 9 degrees - but clear sunny skies after the morning fog had lifted and no wind. the harbour is quite small and there is a lot of loose sea ice floating around (photos attached).

    We left the ship using tender craft to get ashore about 10.30 and were ready to return about 12.15 but very worthwhile despite the short stay.

    A sea day tomorrow as we make our way to Reykjavik where we now have 3 days instead of two due to the other cancelled Greenland port.

    Trivia update - a somewhat frustrating 3rd place today but still regularly featuring in the top three so still happy enough...

    Photos attached - Sea ice; Sea ice and fog!; Tasiilaq; more ice; 3 shots of err downtown...; the local bar (closed when we called in); the Red Church; Nautica at anchor in Tasiilaq harbour
    Read more

    Doug Strom

    Your Having a hard time trying to enjoy the beer and wine. May be the next port.

    8/17/19Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Greenland, Grönland, Groenland, Greenman, ግሪንላንድ, غرينلاند, Qrinland, Грэнландыя, Гренландия, Gɔrɔhenelandi, গ্রীনল্যান্ড, Greunland, Grenland, Grenlàndia, Grónsko, Yr Ynys Las, Grønland, Grinland nutome, Γροιλανδία, Gronlando, Groenlandia, Gröönimaa, گرینلاند, Gorwendland, Grönlanti, An Ghraonlainn, Grenlandia, ગ્રીનલેન્ડ, Grinlan, גרינלנד, ग्रीनलैण्ड, Grinlandia, Grænland, グリーンランド, გრენლანდია, Grinlandi, Kalaallit Nunaat, ಗ್ರೀನ್‌ಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್, 그린랜드, Gurenelandi, Gowelande, Grenlandija, Ngowelande, Grenlande, Гренланд, ഗ്രീന്‍ലാന്‍റ്, ग्रीनलंड, Grinlandja, ဂရင်းလန်း, Gröönland, ग्रिनल्याण्ड, ଗ୍ରୀନଲ୍ୟାଣ୍ଡ, Gronelândia, Grönlanda, Gurunilandi, Groenlanda, Gorolânde, ග්‍රීන්ලන්තය, கிரீன்லாந்து, గ్రీన్లేండ్, กรีนแลนด์, Kulinileni, Ґренландія, گرین لینڈ, Băng Đảo, Orílẹ́ède Gerelandi, 格陵兰, i-Greenland