Located in Northeast Greenland, the National Park covers an area the size of France and Spain combined. The region was home to Paleo-Inuit and later Inuit peoples who lived off the land and sea. Although today there are no settlements in the protected area, the remains of ancient settlements are still visible on the landscape, as well as huts and camps of early scientific expeditions spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Zackenberg Climate Change Research Station is located within the boundaries of the National Park, and the park continues to attract a variety of scientific projects and expeditions. As a tourist, it is not possible to visit the National Park without an Expedition permit.
Just a short flight from Iceland, East Greenland boasts an almost endless complex of fjord systems carved by the ice and sea. The region caters to the backcountry adventurer with activities such as hiking, heli-skiing, kayaking and mountain climbing.
South Greenland is home to sheep farming, ice fjords and a long history of Inuit and Norse settlement. Here you can enjoy the contrasts of rural farming communities and breathtaking ice fjords where Inuit tradition, art and culture abound. South Greenland is also home to the UNESCO designated cultural landscape of Kujataa: Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap, inscribed to the World Heritage list in 2017. Visitors are encouraged to explore and share their experiences as they travel and engage with local people in the many small settlements scattered throughout the region.
The dynamic and colorful capital of Nuuk offers an intriguing mix of traditional and contemporary culture and nightlife. Explore the National Museum down by the Colonial Harbor for a taste of the country’s heritage and history or visit the Nuuk Art Museum for a glimpse into the Inuit worldview. The Katuaq Cultural Centre is inspired by the Northern Lights, and walking tours of the city tell the story of Greenland’s colonial past and its path toward independence. In 2021, Nuuk became the world’s first EarthCheck certified sustainable capital city.
The nutrient-rich waters of Disko Bay provide a habitat for a wide range of whale and bird species. Qeqertarsuaq, or Disko Island, is a rare wonder for the traveler, with black sand beaches and a unique geological history found nowhere else in Greenland.
North Greenland is the land of the polar night in winter and the midnight sun in summer. The region is considered the epitome of arctic experiences, capturing the imagination of early polar expeditions that sought to push the boundaries of the known world. Qaanaaq, the region’s northernmost town, has long been romanticised by poets and explorers as the ‘top of the world’. Inuit from North Greenland possess a strong sense of identity connected to the ice, land and sea.
The modern city of Ilulissat lies on the doorstep of one of the world’s most breathtaking ice fjords fed by the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and nominated as UNESCO World Heritage area in 2004. The newly opened Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is a must-see for those interested in glaciology and climate change.