Greenland tours can include all kinds of fun adventures, such as hiking through rugged mountain valleys, dog sledding over ice and snow, cruising through the fjords, and kayaking in a sea full of icebergs. Better yet, there are numerous travel companies that offer them, and the tours can be quite complete in terms of package deals, which makes planning your trip to Greenland that much easier—it is often possible to include your transportation, meals, and even accommodations in a tour package, leaving little else to worry about except having a good time.
One of the most rewarding things to do in Greenland is to visit the Ilulissat Icefjord, and there are plenty of tours that can help you make it happen. Located north of the Arctic Circle, this fjord full of icebergs was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is quite a place to explore. Icebergs can often be seen calving at the fjord, and therein lies much of the allure. Seeing glaciers break off into the water isn’t the only striking thing on many Ilulissat Icefjord tours, however. Time is often reserved for such other things as whale watching excursions, visits to remote settlements, and cultural demonstrations by members of the native Inuit communities.
Other options for things to do on Greenland tours include taking a cruise along the coast, going on a helicopter ride, checking out historical sites, or touring a specific town, such as Nuuk or Ilulissat. If you’re looking for even more ideas, you might look to book a tour that involves skiing, snowmobiling, or taking time out to admire the northern lights. September through April is the best time to see northern lights displays in the sky. In general, winter and spring are good times to go snowmobiling, while skiing is arguably best done in the spring or early summer. The country is 80 percent covered in ice, so unlike many other destinations, skiing is not limited to being a winter activity.
Most of the Greenland tours are multi-day tours that combine a variety of different experiences. Camping in a tent or staying in a hut is often part of the deal when it comes to accommodations, unless you are taking a cruise and have a comfortable cabin to stay in. Some extended tours are also known to include a night or more in a hotel, such as the Arctic Hotel in Ilulissat, and meals are often covered as well. Most Greenland tours need to be booked in advance, and there are complete tour packages that are basically of the all inclusive variety for those who wish to take advantage.
It should be noted that a number of Greenland tours, particularly those involving vacation packages, actually begin in Iceland, typically in the capital city of Reykjavik. From there, tour guests hop on either a boat or a plane in order to get to Greenland. As Greenland is officially a part of the Danish kingdom, Denmark is also a common place to embark on Greenland tours. Whatever you prefer in the long run, the Greenland tour options have only increased in recent years, so there are plenty of possibilities to consider.