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Greenland Safaris

With the sparsest population of any country, Greenland is a vast expanse of wilderness that boasts spectacular scenery, rugged, mountainous landscapes and resilient Arctic wildlife found everywhere from inland meadows to ice-choked fjords. The inhabitants of this unspoilt wilderness are far outnumbered by the wildlife that can be found in this remote region, including half the world's population of muskox and the King of the Arctic himself, the mighty polar bear.

The Greenland Ice Sheet meets the innermost tips of the fjords, calving off colossal icebergs creating a landscape that makes you feel impossibly small as you marvel at the vastness of everything around you. During the summer months, the pack ice breaks up allowing travelers to explore Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord system, sailing past towering icebergs, snow-capped mountains and delicate ice sculptures. Despite being the world’s largest island, Greenland’s human settlements are confined to its ice-free coast, in the capital city of Nuuk and in settlements surrounding the stunning Disko Bay, while the east coast is virtually uninhabited aside from a scattering of remote Inuit villages. A variety of marine mammals can be seen along the open coastline, sailing between the intricate fjord systems and ice floes. Catch a glimpse of the unicorns of the sea - narwhals as well as the famous tusked residents - the walrus. The island’s barren interior makes up one of the world’s last great remaining wildernesses, making Greenland a top destination for intrepid travelers seeking the true meaning of wild.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Greenland Safari?

Our team have first hand experience staying in the remote accommodations of the frozen north, so we only use lodges that place you right in the centre of incredible Arctic landscapes, optimizing your chances of an encounter with the king of the arctic. Our wealth of on-the-ground knowledge, leads to expert advice on the options available, matching you with the perfect safari to suit your needs. As well as our long history working in the region, we have developed excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat. Our safaris support conservation across Greenland, helping to restore and maintain these environments, protecting wildlife, and educating future generations.

How Much Does Greenland Cost?

Expect to budget from £12795 per person for an 8 night adventurous small ship expedition, along the East coast of Greenland with specialist photographer Chris Michel. This includes 8 nights full board accommodation and charter flights from Iceland to Greenland.

Typically, for larger ship expeditions such as the M/S Sea Spirit, expect to budget around £6500 per person for a 9 day trip departing from Reykjavik, Iceland.

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The Greenland Safari Experience

Navigate the ancient waterways of Scoresby Sund, surrounded by steep rising basalt mountains. Hike over the flowering Arctic tundra as the rugged rock walls give way to landing areas; it is here you’ll have the best opportunities to encounter wildlife.

You may wish to include the following your Greenland itinerary:

  • Breathtaking Landscapes - Venture deep into the fjords of Greenland to discover remote icy landscapes that are yet to be explored. From rugged peaks and labyrinthine fjords to icebergs and crashing glaciers; Greenland is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Arctic Wildlife - Specially adapted to the harsh climate, you can find musk ox, reindeer, Arctic fox and hare, walrus and polar bear.
  • Birdwatching - 235 species of bird flock during the summer months including the white-tailed eagle and the eider, fulmars and black guillemots, snowy owls, ravels, cormorants and gyrfalcons.
  • Whales - Spot humpback, fin, minke, beluga whales and even the ‘unicorns of the sea’, the Narwhal.
  • Northern Lights - From early autumn, the natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis can be witnessed in the skies above Greenland.
  • Scoresby Sund - The small and only Inuit settlement in the region, blocked off by the sea for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the gateway to Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system in the world.
  • Remote Settlements - Most of Greenland is entirely uninhabited, with the local Greenlandic Inuit population residing in remote towns and villages such as Ittoqqortoormiit. Discover the fascinating culture and picturesque villages of the Greenlandic Inuit made up of colourfully painted houses.

Where to Stay in Greenland?

Many visitors make their way here via expedition ship, venturing onshore during daily landings while spending the night on the water. The ship's crew are able to navigate along the island's coasts during the trip, giving passengers the chance to see a wider variety of wildlife and spectacular landscapes than if they stayed at a single spot on land. Camp Kiattua, a terrestrial accommodation, offers an exquisite glamping experience in a secluded corner of western Greenland. Well-appointed tipi tents, an outdoor hot tub, sauna tents and scenic views make the camp an excellent choice for those seeking a more leisurely stay in Greenland. Read more about where to stay.

When To Go in Greenland?

Between May and September is the best time to visit Greenland; summer brings the phenomenon of the midnight sun, as well as increased temperatures melting the snow. The sea ice retreats from the fjords so you can cruise the iceberg-filled bays more easily and wildlife sightings are more frequent. Read more about when to go to Greenland.

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Greenland Safaris FAQs

How many days is enough for a Greenland safari?

The ideal duration for a trip to Greenland depends on your preferences: Arctic adventures including Northern Lights and dog sledding could require 7 to 10 days; for comprehensive trekking or wilderness exploration, plan for 2 weeks or more; while cruise tours range from 5 days to several weeks. Consider desired activities and regions, and be mindful of the Arctic's unique challenges when determining the length of your Greenland visit.

What are the best months to visit Greenland?

The best months to visit Greenland depend on the type of experience you're seeking. Generally, the months of June to August are the most popular for tourism due to milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and more accessible activities. During this period, you can enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, cultural interactions, and various outdoor adventures.

For those interested in experiencing the Northern Lights, visiting Greenland between September and April is recommended. However, be prepared for colder temperatures and shorter days during these months.

It's important to note that weather conditions can vary, and some areas might have limited accessibility or services during the off-peak months. Research the specific regions you plan to visit, and align your travel dates with your desired activities to make the most of your Greenland trip.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Greenland?

Yes, you can witness the captivating Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, in Greenland, particularly during the winter months from September to April when the dark, remote locations enhance visibility. Notable spots such as Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Tasiilaq, Nuuk, and Sisimiut offer opportunities for experiencing this natural spectacle, as charged solar particles collide with gases in Earth's atmosphere to create colourful lights in the sky, providing a mesmerising and unforgettable Arctic experience.

How many people live in Greenland?

The population of Greenland was estimated to be around 56,600 people. It's important to note that Greenland has a relatively small population due to its remote location and challenging Arctic environment.