Greenland's Tourism will skyrocket in the next few years and Greenland will become the next Iceland. Currently the land is inaccessible for most. Which I selfishly prefer.
The limited airports in Greenland and the limited incoming flights are showcased in the cost of a ticket to Greenland. However, there are airport expansion and improvement plans in the near future and we will see the plane ticket prices drop and the hotels & excursion costs will rise.
Like Iceland, Greenland is a place of mystery, adventure, infinite beauty. The reason why Iceland took off so much is due to it's 'off the beaten path' stop over location on people's way over to Europe. Greenland is definitely one of those places that you need to see and experience with your own eyes.
Jenni and I chose to invest in our trip to Greenland to get a closer connection to nature and to see the affect of climate change first hand. As well as we like to go where no one else goes, or at least go before the early majority gets there.
The difficult part when going to Greenland is choosing which airport to fly to and what area to explore. First start with what your purpose is to travel to Greenland. Is it to hike, mountaineer, camp, sea-kayak, sail, northern lights viewing, cultural, or just to see some icebergs?!
I am sure that the first thing people will type in Google is 'Where to see icebergs in Greenland', 'When to travel to Greenland to see icebergs', 'What airport in Greenland to see icebergs'. If Icebergs are your motivation for visiting Greenland, then Disko Bay and the town of Ilulissat is your first destination.
Ilulissat has the largest concentration of icebergs in Greenland and it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Ilulissat Icefjord. The fastest moving glacier in the world is the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and it produces thousands of icebergs that you can see year round.
The ultimate iceberg watching season is during the summer months between late June and late September. You will be able to hike, sail, and to fly over the thousands of icebergs. We flew with Air Zafari in Ilulissat to view the Ilulissat Icefjord from above and to fly over Disko Bay. You can watch our video of the adventure down below or read our article about the experience.
Another place to view the Icebergs is again from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, in in Uummannaq which is north of Ilulissat.
The next place to see icebergs in Greenland is in the South, Southeast and East regions. You want to keep in mind, wherever you will have a glacier meet the sea, icebergs will be present. Typically the spring and summertime will showcase the icebergs best. In East Greenland, the Sermilik Fjord is near Tasiilaq where icebergs can be seen in the Spring and Summer.
In the South region of Greenland you will find the bright blue, dense icebergs. These icebergs are frozen ocean water and stand out next to the typical white glacial icebergs. Nanortalik and Qaqortoq offer up the blue icebergs and large sheets of pack ice.
Here are some of the icebergs we encountered while traveling to Ilulissat, Greenland and sailing around Disko Bay! We flew from Toronto to KEF Airport Iceland, then the local airport in downtown Reykjavik using Air Iceland (not Iceland Air) to Ilulissat, Greenland.
Flying to Greenland from Canada, you can also fly to Copenhagen and fly to Greenland from there. As you can see having two individual flight lags adds up quickly. Trust me the cost of the flight(s) is worth it.
Chase and Jenni
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