Greenland is the largest island in the world and lies off the east coast of Canada, surrounded by the Arctic Ocean. The combination of vast, icy wilderness, incredible wildlife and the colourful communities, that can only be reached by air or sea, makes Greenland the perfect introduction to the Arctic and all the adventures it has to offer.
While much of Greenland lies beneath a vast ice sheet, albeit retracting, it boasts dramatic, striking ice-made landscapes. Greenland is home of the infamous Jakobshavn Icefjord which supposedly ‘calved’ the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
These landscapes are the ideal habitats for a unique and diverse array of wildlife: whales, seals, arctic fox, hares, and over 60 species of bird that use Greenland as their breeding ground (including the white-tailed Eagle). Although the polar bear, narwhal and Musk Ox can be very elusive, they are not impossible to spot! But nothing compares to seeing a polar bear in its natural surroundings. It is a beast that surpasses all beasts, the only one that actively hunts humans, weighing well over 500kg and stands 3 meters tall. A magnificent solitary king, in an environment that is harsh beyond our imaginings.
Whales, however, are frequent visitors to these waters especially in the summer months (June – August), and species such as fin, humpback, minke, bowhead, blue and sperm whales are common sightings.
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