There is far more to Greenland than icebergs, and by stepping ashore you’ll be able to appreciate the vegetation that carpets much of Greenland’s tundra. Although 80% of the island lies under an ice sheet, there are some 500 species of flowering plants, horsetails and ferns here that make a traipse through the tundra a pleasantly picturesque experience.
The stark beauty of this land is softened somewhat by the native flora, with the ubiquitous ice and stone combining with bursts of colour that make for fantastic photographic opportunities. There is also a tremendous sense of verticality in Greenland that can only truly be experienced when hiking through the landscape, with pillars of rock and precipitous mountains rising into the sky everywhere you look.
By traversing hill, mountain and meadow you’ll also be able to look out for the hardy mammals that make their home here. Muskoxen, Arctic fox, Arctic hare and collared lemming are often seen, while reindeer, although numbering in the tens of thousands, are restricted to the country’s west coast. Polar bears are rarely seen on land in Greenland, but they do migrate down from the pack ice in the north from time to time.