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Northern Greenland

Dogsledding, northern lights, ice and midtnight sun. Northern Greenland provides many of the experiences you associate with Greenland. When looking at a map, you will see that what we call Northern Greenland is actually placed south of the middle of the country, which is due to the fact that the vast majority of the country's population live south of the Arctic Circle. Therefore, it was at some point decided that Northern Greenland should begin below the middle. 

Ilulissat Icefiord in Greenland
Photo: Uri Golman - Visit Greenland

Dog sledding in Northern Greenland

Dogsledding is at the heart of the north. There are regulations and road signs for dogsled traffic. Be aware that a dogsled always has the right of way. It is much harder bringing 12 sled dogs to a stop than stopping a bus carrying 12 passengers… 

For a thousand years, Greenlanders have used the dogsleds as a mode of transport, and, today, they are still the most reliable. When cars, snow scooters and helicopters cannot make their way, you can count on the dogs being ready to take up the challenge. The dogs love running and using their strength, which is very durable. Go on a trip and experience the remarkable partnership between the driver and his co-workers, the dogs. 

Dogsledding in Ilulissat in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Ilulissat in Northern Greenland

Ilulissat with its imposing Icefjord is the capital and main town of Northern Greenland and the destination of most tourists. It is an incredible experience to see the icebergs that have run aground at the estuary of the Icefjord. And getting to see it all bathed in the light of the midnight sun is likely to make your life complete.

Northern Greenland is hunting and fishing mixed with genuine pioneering atmosphere, and if you have come to Ilulissat, we can only recommend that you take a few days to visit Eqi Glacier Lodge, which is located 80 kilometres north of the town. From the comfort of your own lodge, you can see ice falling into the sea from the Eqi glacier, which is 6 kilometres wide.

View from Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq in Northern Greenland

In many ways, the Disco Island resembles Southern Greenland with its lushness and fertility. Warm springs are placed side by side with eternal snow. Along with the reddish basalts of the volcanic island, the Disco Island offers a view, which is both striking and stunning, as weather conditions have created the most original rock formations in Greenland.

Disco Island in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Guide to Greenland holidays

In guide to Greenland holidays you find an overall introduction of Greenland as travel destination, when, where and how to find your dream Greenland holiday.

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