Fun things to do in Greenland

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    Arctic Station -Research in the north.

    by TheView Updated Nov 23, 2014

    Founded in 1906 by a Danish botanist Morten Porsild the Arctic Station has been a research facility under the Copenhagen University. Porsild and his wife manage the Station the first 40 years before returning to Denmark.

    If you like to and have a research project you can apply for a stay at the Station (you find a form on the web link)

    -if you are just visiting there is a little souvenir shop… I recommend the 100 years jubilee book that sums up the research projects during the years.

    Rubarbs from the days of madam Porsild. The horse stables
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    The mother of the sea -Sanna

    by TheView Updated Oct 24, 2014

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    A beautiful statue -In Inuit mythology the mother of the sea is in command of the underworld the statue depict the situation where humans pollution of the see has messed up her hair and she as a reaction is holding back the sea and marine animals from the humans. The Sherman have dived down the icy water to untangle and comb her hair.

    …still an issue in our days!

    Wristling a polar bear !!
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    Katuaq -The Cultural house in Nuuk

    by TheView Written Oct 24, 2014

    In the center of Nuuk you find the cultural house Katuaq it offers a cafe, cinema and host a broad range of cultural events take a look at the web page to see if something interesting might be on when you are in town.

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    Akunnaaq town

    by TheView Written Sep 26, 2014

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    At the Southern threshold to the inner Disco bay you find this little charming community with around 80 inhabitants. The main foundation of the economy is the fishing and hunting. Beside a great location for an overview of the bay, It offers a general shop with restricted opening hours and a petrol station.

    I had a great tour here from Aasiaat by kayak.

    Whale bones Church Kayak The Shop View of the Bay from the radio mast area.
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    The ice fjord in Ilulissat

    by TheView Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    Greenland could well qualify as a UNESCO world heritage site in its all. But there is only one place that has this brand to it and it is the magnificent ice fjord that produce some 70 million tons of ice bergs from the inland icecap to the Diskobay each day. It is a great site even if the break of point has moved further inland and not in view from the marked hiking tracks.
    There are plenty of tour operators that offers boat tours out to the giant icebergs prices are steep to say the lest, we had a offer to 800 DDK per person for a boat ride. The timing to our visit was not good, so we looked for a other option and found it in the fishing harbor where we agreed on a tour for as long as we liked with a local fisher for 250 per person (4 persons), and we could determine where to go, so we had a nice tour and lunched in a beautiful setting among the icebergs.

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    Nuuks arts museum

    by TheView Written Apr 15, 2012

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    In an old church building a little walk from the town centre you find a little art museum. It holds lots of mimic art but also a few abstract things. It also displays traditional bone/teat carvings named Tupilaqs that are very fine in the museum lobby you can buy some of the better ones I have seen in my time in Greenland, they are expensive but also very fine souvenirs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupilaq

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    Greenlands national museum

    by TheView Written Apr 15, 2012

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    In the Capital city Nuuk you find the national museum. It holds an ethnographic collection with little historical displays of living standards and different geographic and historical dresses. The jewel in the collection is 4 people buried in there full dresses in the year 1475 their cause of dead is unknown, their bodies have been very well preserved. The most touching is the little baby boy.

    Unicorn horns
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    Whale watching

    by TheView Written Mar 16, 2012

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    The season for whale watching runs from end of May until end of August, there are whales around Greenland all year round, but the big migration of humpback and minke whales brings them from their winter stay near Canada back to the cost of Greenland for a summer fest of eating here. The show the humpback whales can put on is just amazing they can jump clear out of the water with their giant body is just a thing you have to see for yourself or they might just lay in the surface and flap a fin in the water. If you have the nerve and skills to handle a possible flip over I recommend seeing whales close up from a kayak

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    Aurora borealis or Northern lights

    by TheView Written Feb 23, 2012

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    Greenland is a natural viewing ground for northern lights as it circumvents the globe where Greenland has most of its population. It is a fantastic phenomenon and one of the natural wonders of our world that one just have to see, it is hard to capture on camera as it is just so more alive then a simple photo can capture. Mirror reflex camera is the best so I have added a photo taken by a college and a few from my digital camera just so you can see the deferens.

    In Greenlandic mythology the light display in the sky is imagined to be the ancestors playing a football like game with a walrus’s cranium

    For a more scientific inside to the phenomena you can read at wikipedia

    With Mirror reflex camera Digi cam
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    Another iconic transport tip ...Kayaking

    by TheView Written Sep 5, 2011

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    Another iconic transport tip …in the motherland of the kayak. If you have the physical fitness and agility you should not cheat yourself of the adventure of paddling among the icebergs or seeing the amassing whales and other wildlife up-close. If you are not accustomed to kayaking and the cold waters I will recommend that you only go with a licensed sea kayak instructor. If you are use to kayaking in warmer waters I will recommend that you do try your capsizing drills in dry suits before you venture our on longer tours. The waters may seem tranquil but you never know if a whale might flip you over!

    The kayak is a super platform for adventures into the wild all time of year if you have the right equipment and knowledge along for the tour.

    All year a dry suite is recommend even in the summertime the water is so cold that a tour into it might shock you breathing to a stop.

    And if the water is frozen ���just walk on it! Life whale Dead whale
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    The iconic transport of Greenland

    by TheView Written Apr 25, 2011

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    The sledge dogs this is surely one of the must does, if you are visiting Greenland north of the polar circle. The legislation in Greenland stats that sledge dogs are the only dog bread allowed north of the polar circle and to the contraire disallowed south of the circle.
    This activity is naturally depending on the ice/snow cower you can assume the winter season will give you rich opportunities but that it is most enjoyable in the late part of winter April - May as the temperature and daylight is on the rice.

    The going rate for a trip for an hours time is 500 DDK pr person.

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    North East Greenland national park

    by Saagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The world's largest national park is on pair with Spain and France together, 972 000 sq km. There is no permanent human habitation, but there are traces and archaeological finds of past Inuit settlements. On Clavering Island a few Inuits were "discovered" by an English expedition in 1823, and that's the latest sign of permanent habitation.
    Access to NE Greenland National Park is in principle open to all - but... you will need a special permit obtainable by application to the Danish Polar Centre in Copenhagen. There is a deadline 31. December for permits for the following year. Scientific value and security and safety are the main criteria of access, and depending on the area chosen, a large deposit must be done to cover for rescue eventualities. To complete the trouble there are no commercial flights or shipping that take tourists here. Good luck with your application and happy journey!

    Traill Island
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    Visiting the Icefjord

    by Saagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Go on a leisurely day hike along the fjord from just south of Ilulissat town then eastwards along a vaguely marked trail or find your own way. At the ancient Inuit settlement and Kællingekløften rock crevice you can turn north back to the town on a good trail via the camping site and heliport.
    Another good day hike is to proceed further east from the Inuit settlement ruins and put in another day's return hike further east. Some of the best views of the Icefjord are from the cairned hills to the north-east above the Inuit settlement ruins. Bring your camera, film, binoculars, a lunch packet and something to sit on to view the spectacle of the Icefjord. See also "warnings"!
    Top off your hike(s) with a sightseeing trip by boat at the mouth of the fjord - the "Isfjeldbanken".

    View toward the Icefjord
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    Seeing the mountains from the sky

    by a5floor Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    In 2010 I was flying from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Toronto (Canada). During this flight it was sunny above the clowds. This way we could see the top of the mountains above the clowds!! Really amazing to see them. Was the first time I saw them.

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    "Braedtet" - hunters' and fishermen's market

    by Saagar Updated Jan 29, 2010

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    Every town or settlement of some size has a market place where the results of the day's hunting and fishing is being sold.
    Here you can find a variety of sea birds, fish (cod, wolf fish, red fish, halibut, etc.), whale (minke, finwhale, sometimes other species), seal, reindeer, musk oxen displayed and for sale. On a budget, and backpacking independently, this is a very good place to stock up for your trip. Both reindeer and musk oxen meat keeps well.
    Everybody can show you where the Braedetet is, normally it is a small house, sometimes in smaller places it is an open stall. A very central feature of all Greenlandic communities, in fact.
    Ask before you take any pictures in these places, as locals are Greenpeace-weary as they have been partly mobbed out of their livelihoods by well-meaning but misunderstood environmentalism. Their tolerance rate for greenpeacers is very low.

    Halibut heading for Braedtet...
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