Greenland is a land of contrasts. Colossal icebergs calve from the inland ice sheet against a backdrop of green mountains, long fjords and beautiful wild flowers. A rich variety of animal life add to its splendour, including sea mammals, game, and birds by the million. Still, the best description of what Greenland is all about is the Greenlandic name of the world’s biggest island: Kalaallit Nunaat –the “Land of the people".
Man and nature
The fine-tuned interaction between man and nature, as illustrated by the traditional lives of hunters in small isolated communities, is reflected in the language, music, myths, clothing and food. Like no other polar destination, Greenland offers close interaction and unique cultural experiences along with breathtaking nature.
The total area of Greenland is over 2.1 million square kilometres, with ice covering over 80% of the island. Here you find the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. It produces up to 10% of all the icebergs in Greenland – with its massive glacier front feeding a 40 kilometre long fiord packed with sculptural icebergs. The town of Ilulissat, on the Icefjord, is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
With Hurtigruten you can choose among a variety of expedition sailings to Greeland on the MS Fram and MS Spitsbergen. We cooperate with local suppliers to give you an even closer encounter with the nature, wildlife, culture and history of Greenland. This includes both on-board meetings with the local Greenlandic and visits to Greenlandic communities and settlements as regular parts of the programme.