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Why a cruise is the best way to experience Greenland

Greenland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the stunning landscapes to the unique cuisine.

With an undulating west coast dotted with photogenic villages full of colourful wooden cottages, a fascinating and flourishing Inuit culture, and uninterrupted swaths of magnificent scenery, the Land of Ice may just be the most overlooked travel destination there is.

In a place without a real road system, one of the best ways to explore the island is through cruise travel. Through slow travel, you’ll reach remote places and have the chance to get to know the locals.

Onboard a premium small ship expedition like Hurtigruten Expeditions, you can experience this unique destination in ultimate comfort and safety, while being guided by field experts. Think gourmet cuisine, spacious suites and opulent facilities.

So why wait to discover this shimmering world of white and endless wilderness?

When you should travel to Greenland

There’s never a bad time to make a trip to Greenland. Whether you’re seeking a winter wonderland retreat or wish to experience a stunning summer in Greenland, you won’t be disappointed.

Firstly, consider what’s important to you. If your heart is set on the northern lights and meeting sled dogs, it’s best to wait until winter (even if you have to pack all of your wool clothing).

If you’d rather have a more temperate experience while still immersing yourself in the culture and landscape of Greenland, summer is the season for you.

Travel to Greenland in winter or summer
Greenland offer's great experiences in all its seasons.

The best things to do in Greenland

Greenland is a unique country. It provides many opportunities for travellers. One of the things everyone should do is get serious about sampling the local cuisine.

Try the freshly caught fish. Especially the Greenland salmon – as it’s the only place you can sample it here. Local delicacies such as recently hunted wild game like seal and musk ox are also on offer. Most of these are exclusive to Greenland, making them incredibly unique and a must-try.

Greenland is beautiful, from its glaciers to its green meadows. Go hiking and bask in the stunning scenery. For the bold, dog sledding, whale watching, bathing in hot springs, exploring several thousand-year-old Viking ruins, kayaking (fun fact: kayaking was actually invented here) and a several-night hunting experience (which is only suitable for the very fit) are sure to satisfy the adventurist cravings.

Opt for the photography cruise. You’ll be the envy of everyone you know.

Hike and kayak in Greenland
Popular activities include hiking and kayaking in Greenland

Why choose an expedition?

Joining a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise means that you get a unique insight into the island through in-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team.

Onboard, enjoy full use of the Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment.

Stay in a suite and enjoy à la carte dining in Restaurant Lindstrom, as well as all the luxuries of a Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise, including full access to the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track.

Included is also a range of shore landings and optional activities. Try a city tour, visit a local community, or get a small taste of hiking the famous Arctic Circle Trail. If you’re an adventurer, Greenland can cater to you exquisitely. Wildlife sights are also on the cards. You’ll see a number of local animals, from seals and oxen to whales.

Whether you visit in winter or summer and seek exploration and exciting challenges, or want to immerse in the culture, Greenland ticks every box.

Save up to $1500 per cabin when you explore Greenland with Hurtigruten Expeditions in 2023.

Hurtigruten Expeditions’ Early Bird Sale also includes itineraries across Alaska, British Isles, Iceland or Svalbard. Explore the full range on their website.

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