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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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?!

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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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    Beautiful meltwater lakes

    by Saagar Updated Jan 29, 2010

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    On the ice cap and in sinks on lesser glaciers, too, you can find lakes of meltwater during the height of summer. They get really turqoise, swimmingpool-like, but temperatures are only fractions above freezing...
    Climate change, according to researchers, have caused these lakes and ponds to become huge inland seas here and there on Greenland.
    You see them when venturing onto the plateau - or like me - being lucky with the weather, flying altitude and routing: this is en route from Frankfurt to Vancouver crossing Greenland at 6000 meters, at about 72 degrees N latitude.

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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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    Kulusuk - from the air

    by glenn57 Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    The area around Kulusuk is stunning from the air. All you see is blue water, grey mountains, and snow and ice, for miles. This contrasts sharply with the west coast, which is very green in the summer.

    Kayaking tours are popular here.

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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

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