By Bob Enzel
Arctic Circle Ski Race and Trail Biking Films
And other adventure films: Backcountry Skiing; Climbing; Heliskiing;
Hiking; Ice Cap Crossing; Kayaking; Mountaineering and Running.
Trail Biking in Sisimiut
Lots to do in Greenland
for the Adventurous
Firstly, there are no road or railroads connecting the
cities. All travel between towns takes place by air or boat or perhaps dog
sled. There is auto traffic, but it is confined to each particular city.
Flights from Iceland or Copenhagen go directly into Nuuk, Kulusuk/Tasillaq
Narsarsuaq or Illulissat.
The city of Qaqortaq is ideal for taking a day tour boat to see
icebergs and seals. Or, for a real local experience book three days on board
the Sarfaq Ittuk chatting with locals while exploring towns along the west
coast of Greenland.
If you're a kayaker--a real kayaker then go kayaking with Jens-Pavia on the
kuussuaq river our of Kangerlussuaq. The direct departure flights into
Kangerlussuaq from Baltimore apparently did not prove profitable and
In South Greenland you can follow the travels of Erik the Red from the town
of Narsarsuaq. No doubt you've wondered where the name Greenland
originated. In Narsarsuaq, as you follow the Viking's route to Eriksfjord--the
place named after Erik the Red--all will be explained. South Greenland "is
blessed with a mild and warm microclimate" where the vegetation is "lush and
green". A days hike from Narsarsuaq brings you to the white glacier of
Kuussuup Sermia and the natural wonder of the "Ice Sheet".
Cross the fjord to Qassiarsuk and see types of reconstructed
buildings that were lived in by the Norse settlers and where the Vikings
made home. Then head to the island of Uunartoq "close to the
settlement of Alluitaup -paa" and experience a hot spring pool of 100
degrees Fahrenheit while watching an ice berg float down the fjord.
In East Greenland head for Tasiilaq via the airport at Kulusuk.
The local tourist office can organize a dogsled trip where you'll be the
guest of the hunters as they head out for adventure. Certainly not your
ordinary type tourist experience.
Ilulissat in North Greenland can be reached by a direct flight from
Iceland. The biggest glacier in Northern Hemisphere drops hunks of ice into
gorgeous blue Disko Bay. A day boat trip will get you quite close and a
helicopter ride will give you a sense of the enormity of the glacier.
The Capital of Greenland is Nuuk and its largest town. Cetainly large
enough for its own traffic light. Soak up the atmosphere at the Katuaq
Culture Centre, Nuuk's Museum of Art and the National Museum. Nuuk faces out
onto Godhabsfjorden where there are small icebergs and Humpback whales in
the district of Quinngorput.
Plus, there are many more activities, such as, Angling; Mountaineering;
Diving; Heliskiing; Midnight Sun; Musk Ox Safari; Northern Lights; Cross
Country Skiing; Snowmobiling...
For the editor's first-hand experience read the two articles on Greenland on
the right hand side of the Home Page.
Take a Sled Dog Ride
Take a Sled Dog Ride from Kangerlussacq to
Sisimiut with 24 dogs and 2 sleds traveling 180 kilometers from one side of
Greenland to the other. Itís a 2-night, 3-day trip across the horizon of
snow-clad mountain landscapes of peaks, gorges, fjords and lakes to amaze.
The best time for this trip is from January to April.
The International Airport at Kangerlussacq is your arrival and return point.
There are no connecting roads in Greenland; therefore, you cannot drive from
one town to the next. The 5-day trip begins in Iceland or Denmark.
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