Be A Greenland Pioneer: Head North to the Arctic Circle

In the sum­mer of 2016 The Clymb’s own Chief Brand Offi­cer and Con­tent Man­ag­er had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore Green­land. Need­less to say, they were stunned by the majes­tic glacial land­scape, the kind­ness of the Green­landic peo­ple, and the oppor­tu­ni­ties for human-pow­ered adven­ture. The Clymb is excit­ed to present a col­lec­tion of adven­tures, each with their own unique glimpse into this bound­less land­scape and cul­ture. Here’s what they learned along the way, along with the count­less rea­sons to get out there and see it for yourself.

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Land of Ice

Despite its name, Green­land is made up of 80% ice. It’s home to the sec­ond largest ice­cap in the world as well as the old­est known rock on earth. For hun­dreds of thou­sands of years this ice has shaped mag­nif­i­cent glac­i­ers, moun­tains, fjords, rivers, and water­falls. The remote­ness of Green­land has left the major­i­ty of its land­scape raw and untamed. With most of the coun­try sit­ting inside the arc­tic cir­cle, Green­land also has some of the most spec­tac­u­lar views of the North­ern Lights. With cool but com­fort­able sum­mers, Green­land pro­vides access to boun­ti­ful arc­tic and sub­arc­tic vis­tas with­out any crowds.

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Land of People

Kalaal­lit Nunaat, the indige­nous name for Green­land, means “Land of Peo­ple”, which is iron­ic con­sid­er­ing the pop­u­la­tion of the entire coun­try is 56,000. What Green­land lacks in num­bers, they make up for in the rich his­to­ry and cul­ture of their pop­u­la­tions ances­tral roots. It’s believed that the first peo­ple, Paleo-Eski­mos, arrived in Green­land around 2500 B.C., fol­lowed by Ice­landic and Norse Set­tlers thou­sands of years lat­er. But as these set­tle­ments began to dis­ap­pear, The pro­to-inu­it, or Thule Peo­ple, arrived from what are now known as Alas­ka and Cana­da bring­ing with them the tools and tra­di­tions includ­ing dog sleds and har­poons that the mod­ern-day pop­u­la­tion of Green­land has evolved from. To this day you can see the set­tle­ment ruins and bur­ial sites of these ancient cul­tures left unchanged.

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The Green­landic Way

Many explor­ers and vis­i­tors have come and gone over the last thou­sand years in Green­land, but the resilient and resource­ful mod­ern Green­landic peo­ple have remained strong with sub­sis­tence hunt­ing, fish­ing, and gath­er­ing remain­ing a sta­ple to their way of life. Despite hav­ing few native species of land mam­mals, musk ox and cari­bou are plen­ti­ful and stock the fridges of hunters and fam­i­lies through­out the win­ter. The sea is rich with whales, seals, fish, and oth­er inver­te­brates. As a vis­i­tor you will be delight­ed by the fresh­ness of the local meat and fish. While mod­ern tech­nolo­gies such as atv’s, motor­boats, and guns are used by some, many peo­ple choose to uti­lize tra­di­tion­al meth­ods and prac­tices such as dog sleds and har­poons. While fish­ing is the main indus­try in Green­land, adven­ture trav­el and tourism are on the rise.

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Untapped Adven­ture

Green­land is remote, vast, wild, and ready to be explored by mod­ern-day adven­ture trav­el­ers. Whether you’re a sea­soned trav­el­er or some­one look­ing for their first big adven­ture, there is end­less oppor­tu­ni­ty for you in Green­land. By the coast you can hike wind­ing trails next to bays of calv­ing glac­i­ers and ice­bergs, or jump in a sea kayak and pad­dle near majes­tic walls of ice and along the Greenland’s rugged coast dec­o­rat­ed with its col­or­ful archi­tec­ture. If you want to sit back and relax hop on a boat and trav­el deep into the ice­fjords for spec­tac­u­lar views of whales, ice­bergs, and Greenland’s mid­night sun.

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Fur­ther inland you will be amazed by the soli­tude and sheer scale of Greenland’s land­scape. Back­pack to the world’s sec­ond largest ice cap and drink water from its runoff. Kayak through glacial lakes and take a dip in the Arc­tic Cir­cle. No mat­ter which direc­tion you head you’re guar­an­teed to see majes­tic musk ox, cari­bou, arc­tic hares, and arc­tic fox from feet away.  Wher­ev­er you stand you will be reward­ed by 360 views of untamed wilder­ness and unin­ter­rupt­ed sounds of nature.

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Get­ting There and Around

The hard­est part is get­ting there, but once you land you’re sur­round­ed by mag­ic. Green­land air trav­el is sole­ly served by Air Green­land, with direct flights from Den­mark and Ice­land. Once you set­tle on trav­el dates you can arrange your Air Green­land flights and then select an inter­na­tion­al air­line of your choos­ing to get you to Den­mark or Ice­land for your con­nect­ing flight to Green­land. When you arrive you don’t have to wor­ry about rent­ing a car, almost every­thing is with­in walk­ing dis­tance or eas­i­ly accessed by a shut­tle or cab.

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Why Vis­it?

Adven­ture trav­el and tourism is on the rise in Green­land and you have a chance to be a #Green­land­Pi­oneer. Be the first of your friends and fam­i­ly to vis­it this remote island nation. Enjoy spec­tac­u­lar views of arc­tic land, sea, and wildlife. You won’t encounter any lines, crowds, or noise pol­lu­tion. Vis­it­ing Green­land is an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence and much more acces­si­ble than one would think. So what are you wait­ing for? Start plan­ning your adven­ture to Green­land and head north to the Arc­tic Circle.

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For more infor­ma­tion about book­ing a trip to Green­land, check out The Clym­b’s col­lec­tion here.