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