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5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

Guest Post from Agness + Cez from Etramping

Have you ever considered taking a quick trip down to Greenland? We certainly have! At etramping.com we love to travel EVERYWHERE and this island is inspiring thousands of visitors each year. Its landscape looks like a fantasy film set and its crisp air is high quality. Travellers from all over the world are attracted to the cute colourful houses and insightful trips to see the Inuit culture. Despite having ‘green’ attached to its name, 80% of the island is snowy white. A common misconception made by many.

Covered in astonishing glaciers and gigantic icebergs, global warming hasn’t evaporated its natural beauty just yet. So, if you’re someone who loves the cold and fancies a change of scene, then Greenland may be your best bet! Here are 5 key reasons as to why you should visit the fascinating island…

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

Astounding Air

Sick to death of city pollution? Feel cramped in tight spaces and small streets? There’s no trouble of that in Greenland. As soon as you hit the shore, the pure air will flow straight through your lungs. Take a deep breath and enjoy the free air! Visitors every year comment upon the fresh quality of the island’s air source. They find it to be incredibly refreshing and an ideal detox for the lungs.

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

So, why is Greenland’s air so pure? Well, its geographical position gives it a great advantage. It’s situated in the high north and brings in low levels of air moisture. In a world where factory fumes are constantly rising, it may be wise to take a break. Fresh air creates a fresh mind. It helps to rejuvenate the soul and helps you focus on your innermost desires. Often we get so caught up in hectic lifestyles, we forget to take a moment for ourselves to just breathe. That’s why this island is an idyllic escape for people who need time to reconnect with nature.

Dog Sledding Traditions

This is one for all you dog lovers out there! If you fancy viewing the sights by sleigh then this activity is the answer. Packs of huskies are patiently waiting to race into the wilderness with you. Dog sledding is actually one of Greenland’s main traditions. As it is tricky to travel by car around the island, a lot of the habitants depend on dogs to transport them around. They also use the sleighs to help with their businesses. The pack will carry products from one point to another, assisting their owner’s welfare. Dog sleighs are also used for tourism. You have to remember that the island itself isn’t packed with economic opportunities so they need all the income they can get to keep going.

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

According to an article by Science Nordic, Greenland’s dog population is decreasing. Unfortunately, it’s not just reducing by a small amount, it’s rapidly changing. In the past 20 years the sled dogs are losing their sleigh culture by around 50%. Professors and the general public are searching for ways to boost the sled dog trade again. They believe that a lot of the local fishermen and traditional hunters are under major pressure to keep with the trends. Of course, the dogs will remain a key part to the Inuit culture. Yet, tourism always helps to keep their canine transportation links working.

Glaciers of Greenland

You know you’ve got it good when you’re facing the astounding glaciers of Greenland. Right in front of you are sights that so many people haven’t witnessed yet or may never witness! Their sheer statuesque form will widen your eyes and make you feel very small.  These moving masses of ice slowly glide across the island and make up for most of its scenery.

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

What’s great about discovering the gargantuan glaciers is that you can actually sail past them. Many Greenland cruises will whisk you across their waters. If you do opt for a cruise, then you’re in for a treat. To view the island by sea is simply magical. You’ll feel like a famous explorer, transported to a far away land. Plus, it saves all that hassle of hiking about. This way you get to see the sights in your own time and do not need to rush around. Take it easy and float along the Arctic ocean…

Inspired by Inuit 

Who are the Inuit? The National Geographic Magazine states that they’re the aboriginal people of Arctic Canada. Due to their traditional way of life, they’re often viewed as ‘Eskimos’ and ‘the real people of Greenland’. In this digital age, it’s rare to see such tribes thrive and maintain their way of life. That’s why so many people flock to the shores of the island, so that they can see for themselves how the Inuit live. This tribe is a connection to the land’s history. You can speak with the Inuit and they will inform you about their ancestors lives and how their methods of hunting.

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

You may feel inspired by the Inuit tribe. How they maintain close bonds and do not seem overly affected by the latest gadgets or keeping up with the times. Sometimes, it’s worth witnessing a culture who do not feel the need to constantly check a mobile phone. It makes you think and places everything into perspective. How true communication lies in the facial expressions of others or in a kind-hearted Greenlandic gesture. Not everything has to be so complicated. Therefore, this trip may bring you a feel of peace and the necessary time to reflect upon life back home.

Less Green, More Ice

Guess what? Greenland isn’t just green. In fact, it’s full of ice! With unique icebergs floating around everywhere, it’s quite like winter wonderland. Of course, keep an eye out for climate change. Once you’ve seen these natural elements in person, you’ll begin to question the true effects of global warming.

The island is very proud of its culture, especially the Inuit. They wish to preserve their habitat and try to engage travelers with informative talks of the change in climate. We must be aware that there are still hundreds of tribes out there who survive on the natural earth’s offerings. They need the ice to and snow so that they can prosper and keep traditions alive. Greenland won’t just be a trip to see natural wonders such as glaciers and icebergs. It will open your eyes and mind up to what else is out there. It’s such an amazing place and it will leave you with a fresh outlook on how life could be…

5 Reasons to Visit Greenland

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Nisha
    November 7, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Wow! what a terrain. However my own preference would be to go to Greenland in Summer :). I would love to go boating in that lake.

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 8, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Isn’t is beautiful? I always thought I would feel that way no matter what. But since traveling to Iceland in the winter, I actually have found that winter travels have their own charm, you know?

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    agnesstramp
    November 7, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Thank you, Paige, for having us here. Greenland is so unique and we hope you can make it there soon. Is it already on your bucket list?

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 10, 2017 at 1:18 am

      It was on my list as of this February when I went to Iceland, but this has definitely sparked even more of a desire! Hopefully soon I’ll get to visit. Thanks for the great guest post!

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    Vibeke Johannessen
    November 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Greenland looks amazing. I always wanted to go. I think it is just money is holding me back. Seems incredibly expensive to go there. I would love to do dog-sledding 😀 Never done that 😀 Thanks for the suggestions 😀

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 10, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Money seems to be the thing that always holds me back from visiting places. Haha. It’s such a nuisance isn’t it?! Haha.

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    Megan Indoe
    November 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

    A friend of mine recently went to Greenland and between her and this it’s really inspiring us to look into visiting ASAP! I love the small villages with the mountains and snow! Plus I want to take in some of that super fresh air!

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      Paige Wunder
      November 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

      I’m really wanting to visit too. I saw a video right after I went to Iceland and I’ve been itching to go ever since. That fresh air does sound incredible.

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    Candy
    November 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    My sister and I have discussed visiting Greenland and it reminds us a bit of our favorite country Iceland. I love huskies and had one growing up. Do you know if they have they have sledding tours for tourists and how much they cost?

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 11, 2017 at 12:38 am

      I was thinking the same thing! I saw a video for it after I went to Iceland and I’ve been itching to go ever since! I don’t know how much they cost, but I would assume there are tours, I know there are in Alaska and Western Canada!

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    Natasha
    November 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Wow…it’s no wonder why so many people love Greenland. My grandfather went a long time ago and always said it was truly magical. I would LOVE to see the dog sledding!

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 11, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Your grandfather sounds like quite the explorer! I’m definitely itching to go!

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    Ashwini Neetan
    November 9, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I’m just back from Iceland and I had plans for Greenland too but couldn’t pursue it as its freaking expensive. Nonetheless, Greenland is always in the back of my mind. Loved your post. Your post just rekindled my desire to visit Greenland 🙂

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      Paige Wunder
      November 11, 2017 at 12:41 am

      It is supposed to be freakin’ expensive. I’m hoping I can find a somewhat budget-friendly way to make it there as soon as possible! It looks incredible!

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    Julie DenOuden
    November 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I’ll admit that I’ve never really considered going to Greenland, but this makes me want to go! Adding it to my bucket list now!

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