On arrival in Greenland your eye will take in the crowded airports, busy fishing ports, high-rise buildings, modern enterprises, international car brands, educational institutions, cafés and cinemas. These impressions are mixed with the stereotype perception of a remote Arctic society that is only sparsely populated. Amazingly, Greenland is all of these things at once, and the contrast between old and new is striking.
Greenland is in many ways a country that has managed to retain its identity as an "original" country with an original population. It is also a fact that in small towns and settlements the primary source of income still comes from seal hunting, which today provides a living for some 2,500 people. In small towns and settlements life is lived at a gentle pace a long way from the more "pulsating"- by Greenlandic standards - urban life which you can find in the three biggest towns Nuuk, Ilulissat and Sisimiut.
Did you know that 98% of the population use advanced digital telecommunication services? Or that through Royal Greenland, Greenland is the world's biggest supplier of coldwater prawns, and thereby has extensive experience of innovative product development, sustainable production and efficient distribution of quality products? And did you know that Greenland's ice sheet is used today to produce Greenlandic beer as well as ice and water for export?
Greenland has had Home Rule since 1979 and Self Rule since 2009, which means that the country has assumed the political decisions and competencies that were previously issued from Denmark. Greenland is now part of the Danish national community, and the two countries are still united on affairs concerning foreign and defence policy, currency and raw materials, the police and the courts. With the Self Rule introduced on June 21st 2009, Greenlandic is the nation's official language together with other legal rights and benefits. Today, Greenland is acquiring an increasingly international outlook in terms of politics and business - but the roots of the old traditions are not forgotten either in the major towns or the small settlements.
North Greenland is the land of midnight sun and dogsleds. A cornucopia of arctic experiences with giant icebergs, some of the world´s fastest glaciers and Ilulissat Ice Fjord, honoured with a place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The sun is in the sky for all hours of the day throughout the summer, and the sea and fjords invite you for somes fantastic sailing with plenty of seals and whales to see. In the winter, dogsleds whizz over hegde and ditch through the white landscape. The dogsled is still an important means of transport, especially in the far north when hunters go out on the ice and fish for halibut in the sea’s lush lander.
Destination Arctic Circle is the land of adventure and combination of raw nature and cultural traditions brings you right to the heart of modern Greenland.
Kangerlussuaq’s unique road to the icesheet is the gateway to the world’s second largest glacier and the town of Sisimiut is our base camp for dog sledding, fishing and the world’s toughest ski race, the Arctic Circle Race.
And if you are interested in world class heliskiing, mini cruises in the incredibly beautiful Fjord of Eternity, whale watching in the archipelagos, or wilderness fishing, then the areas around Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut are unavoidable.