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My Greenland: Among the Icebergs

Greenland. With its wide open spaces, barren landscape, and impressive icecap and mountains, one can really feel like a pioneer there. Perhaps that's why Greenland has staked its claim on the #GreenlandPioneer tag. It's fitting.

So, with a dash of that pioneering spirit in their hearts, a pair of Nordic Visitor travel consultants partook in Nordic Visitor's Express Greenland tour from Reykjavík, and found themselves face-to-face with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, towering icebergs and whales.

Ævar and Solveig Rút are the intrepid Nordic Visitor tracel experts that ventured over to Greenland. Here they are showing off two modes of transportation emplyed during their voyage.
Ævar and Solveig are the intrepid Nordic Visitor travel experts that ventured over to Greenland. Here they are showing off two modes of transportation employed during their voyage.

Says Solveig of the adventure: "We took the Express Greenland tour which was perfect for us. We had enough time to explore the town and do all the activities we wanted to do in the short amount of time we had.

"We were so lucky, the weather was ideal for some sightseeing on the way so the pilot decided to take an extra 'circle' around the area before we landed to show us the spectacular scenery. When we arrived, we were greeted by friendly Greenlanders who drove us to the hotel. We checked in and headed directly down to the 'city center' of Ilulissat. Getting around in Ilulissat is fairly easy and the hotels that are not located in the right in the center of town offer complimentary shuttles to their guests."

The colourfully rugged face of Ilulissat, Solveig and Ævar's home base for 3 nights.
The colourfully rugged face of Ilulissat, Solveig and Ævar's home base for 2 nights.

Solveig had been to Greenland previously in 2009, visiting Kulusuk, but this was Ævar's first trip to the island.

Of his maiden journey, Ævar said "this tour was amazing and I really loved the Midnight sun and Iceberg tour.* I was standing outside the entire time, amazed by the beautiful icebergs in all sizes and shapes."

Over the course of their Greenlandic adventure, Solveig and Ævar headed out in a 5-seater plane for sweeping views over the icefjord. "We could see how huge the glacier really is and how deep its crevasses are," said Solveig. "Ævar and I were discussing then if we would get tired of seeing icebergs, but by the end of the tour we agreed that it would never get tiring."

The incredible expanse and crevasses of the Eqi glacier.
The incredible expanse and crevasses of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

That evening the pair hit the water on a boat cruise among the icebergs, and also saw whales and seals enjoying the cold water.

Says Solveig: "From far away the icebergs look small, but when you get up close to them you realise some of them are the size of an apartment building!"

A charming ride out onto the icefjord.
Katak makes for a charming ride out onto the Ilulissat Icefjord.

The following day, Solveig and Ævar took a 12-hour boat excursion to the Eqi glacier to see the calving ice. "As somebody who is, in general, terrified of the ocean and does not feel comfortable at all out on the open sea, the scenery was incredible enough for me to still enjoy the trip," says Solveig. "To hear and see the calving ice fall was absolutely amazing and you could feel the boat moving with the waves that the calving created."

Solveig takes in the sights during a cruise to the incredible Eqi glacier.
Solveig takes in the sights during a cruise to the incredible Eqi glacier.

*Solveig and Ævar travelled to Greenland at the end of the summer season, which is why they were able to partake in the Midnight Sun & Icebergs boat tour in the Ilulissat Icefjord. If you're looking to get up close and personal with the icebergs during the winter months, check out these other great travel packages:

Want to take a summertime trip to Greenland like Solveig and Ævar? Here are a few travel experiences we'd suggest. If you've got something specific in mind, contact us about building a custom travel package just for you.

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Post by: Catharine

Catharine Fulton is a journalist and travel writer. Though born and raised in Canada, she found herself stuck in the Nordic region since moving to Finland in 2007 to pursue her MA and then migrating to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2009, where she lives with her Icelandic husband and tries (albeit unsuccessfully) to master the Icelandic language.

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