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    The fjord systems on East Greenland

    by Saagar Written Jul 17, 2005

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    You can access the world largest fjord system of Scoresbysound and maybe also of Franz Josephs fjord on NE Greenland from Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysound). Locals in Ittoqqortoormiit will organise boat trips - day trips to multi-day expeditions - into the fjords, and take you fishing and on hunting trips. Organised through the tourist office.
    Access to Ittoqqortoormiit is best by sheduled flights from Iceland/Reykjavik once weekly to Nerlerit Inaat and a 15-minute helicopter transit to Ittoqqortoormiit. Also links to Angmassalik.

    East Greenland's fjords - the most impressive
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    Position screens - Pantallas de posici?n

    by spanishguy Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    My main piece of advice is very simple. Pay attention to your personal screen or to the general one which shows you the aeroplane position. When you is going to be about to fly over Greenland, prepare your camera!

    Mi principal consejo es muy simple. Presta atenci?n a tu pantalla personal o a la general en la que se muestra la posici?n del avi?n. Cuando estes a punto de sobrevolar Groenlandia, ?prepara tu c?mara!

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    Flying over.....

    by Saagar Written Jun 10, 2004

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    When flying between Europe and North America you across the southern half of Greenland somewhere, occasionally further north. To North America it is normally day time, on the return flight it is normally night.
    Should you have an opportunity to look out, and lucky you with a window seat, you will see Greenland's icy waters, nunataks and coastal bare land and the ice cap very well. You can see huge ice streams with ice bergs drifting out to open sea. Next, imagine you are there!

    The southern fjords of Greenland
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    North-East Greenland access

    by Saagar Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    NE Greenland is the largest national park in the world. And probably the least accessible one...
    To get to the coastal zone north of Scoresbysound you need to fly (charter) from Angmassalik to Ittoqqortoormiit or to airstrips even further north. Charters may be available from Reykajvik also.
    The air connection to Reykjavik is via Nerlerit Inaat (Constable Pynt) once weekly, and a transfer to town by helicopter (15 minutes). There is a tourist office in Ittoqqortoormiit, and tourism is an organised economic activity in the Scoresbysound fjord complex. But north of here... all travel will have to be self-supported expedition style only, and with special permits from Greenland/Danish authorities. Apart from some Danish military patrolling (the famous Sirrus Patrol) and scientific expeditions, there are kayak and climbing trips here. One Norwegian company may undertake such expedition arrangements and organizing for groups (Hvitserk).
    There are some huts and shelters used by the Sirius Patrol and old trappers' huts, but absolutely no permanent habitation Inuit or Danish, north of Ittoqqortoormiit. Next one, some months' skiing away around the coast will be at Etah northwest of Qaanaq.

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    While in transit in Copenhagen...

    by Saagar Updated Jan 29, 2010

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    ... you can prepare yourself for Greenland by visiting Nordisk Korthandel - The Nordic Map Store - for a near-complete range of commercially avialable maps of Greenland, guidebooks etc.
    The shop is open: Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Saturday 9.30 am - 3 pm. I add the address and openig hours below.

    If that isn't enough, there are several small and larger exhibitions from Greenland in the various natural history, history and archaeology and anthropology museums of Copenhagen.
    If you visit some of the small Greenland arts and crafts shops in Copenhagen, you will also get a sense what is available in Greenland in terms of souvenirs and art. Very high quality of some of the stuff I saw. If you are really interested in this, check it out in Copenhangen on the way out to Greenland, see what's on Greenland and then buy in Copenhagen again if you didn't fancy the pieces locally available. Cost of real pieces of art is also a bit artistic and fantastic. Add a zero or two for fun and style?!

    Copenhagen - make it a useful transit stop
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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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    Flying to Kangerlussuaq

    by Saagar Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    When you fly into Kangerlussuaq from Copenhagen you first fly over the Faroes, then Iceland and you hit Greenland's east coast at or nearby Angmassalik. This is where most of the Greenland-crossing expeditions start. These days you can even do it commercially - just book a trip (you have to ski yourself, though...). Try to find "Hvitserk" on the internet.
    Anyway, the flight will lower down as it flies toward Kangerlussuag and you have an excellent view of the glacier streams and the ice cap and then the western ice edge and the fjords as you approach Kangerlussuaq. Don't think of the ticket cost on this flight - think of the extra sightseeing bonus instead!

    Greenland East Coast
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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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    Nunatak

    by Saagar Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Nunataks are mountain tops that stick out of the ice like islands. Some of them can be really high and dramatic. The ice action has frequently carved the sides so there are sharp edges and sometimes nunataks come in pyramid shape. Plant communities and lichens can survive such environments for millennia and may harbour vegetation survivors from before the ice ages. Very special places to visit if you have the chance, either on the inland ice cap or on lesser glacer plateaus like on Disko Island.

    Nunatak
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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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    Ivittuut

    by Mr.Mora Written Feb 21, 2007

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    6 kilometers from Gronnedal you find the closed mining village Ivittuut. You can spell it Ivigtut as well. The kryolit mine was closed in 1967 after more than 100 years mining. All the old houses are still standing there, and it is possible to rent a room or a house for your stay in this incredible district.

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    The Fox Waterfall

    by Mr.Mora Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Deep inside the Arsuk Fjord you will find the Fox Waterfall. The easiest way to find it is to make an agreement with a boatowner in Gronnedal, but anyway maybe it´s not that easy at all. If you succeed you can stay there for hours listening to nothing but the water.

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    Polar Bears

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Ok, this picture is something of a hoax. As I said on the main page, I have never actually set foot in Greenland. However, there are polar bears there and one day, I hope to see one in its natural setting. Although, maybe not this close. I actually took this shot at the San Diego Zoo.

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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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    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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