Why Safaris to Greenland are Truly Unique
The world’s largest non-continental island 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. According to Icelandic legend, Greenland was named by the Viking Erik the Red in an attempt to entice settlers to its green and fertile shores, despite 80% of its land area being covered by thick ice sheets. In contrast to the harsh climate of the interior, the islands coastlines are interspersed with lush valleys, intricate fjord systems and picturesque villages made up of colourfully painted houses.
Most of the population of Greenland is concentrated along the islands western 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. During the summer months, the pack ice breaks up allowing travellers to explore Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, sailing past towering icebergs, snow-capped mountains and delicate ice sculptures.
From august to April, the night skies above Greenland are lit up by the mysterious green and purple hues of the aurora borealis.