When you have seen the world, they say, there will always be Greenland. It sparked our imagination. The moment we met outdoor enthusiasts Willem & Sofie from the brand new Belgian travel organisation Puffins Travel, we wanted to pack our backpacks right away. Their plan: sailing from Diskobaai in the north to Cape Farvel in the south every summer between June and the end of September. Subdivided in stages of two weeks, for eight passengers per trip.
Arctic fjord scapes & spectacular icebergs
Located in the high Arctic, Greenland is the world’s largest island, yet the total population can fit a single large sports stadium. Almost the entire country is pure, unspoilt wilderness. This massive island is shaped by ice. The Greenlandic ice sheet, up to 3km thick, covers over 80% of its surface. During the last ice ages, the glaciers carved their way through the current coastal mountain ranges, leaving a sensational coastal labyrinth of fjords and dramatic alpine mountain scenery behind. When hiking here, you feel small surrounded by the breathtaking land- and seascapes. Unreal.
A new style of Arctic pioneering
When we arrived in Greenland – after spending a hot summer day in Copenhagen – we got aboard a luxury sailing yacht: our basecamp to access Greenland’s wilderness and remote Inuit settlements. Hiking expeditions with our guide Sofie left our small group of pioneers breathless, as did an endless array of mountains and fjords. It’s hard to pick a highlight of the trip, because they all were mesmerising. From peddling between icebergs & in front of massive glacier walls, swimming in glacial waters of only 2 degrees Celsius, sleeping in our tents under an Arctic sky, over watching a humpback whale taking a dive and seals playing around the yacht to being amazed by the northern lights.
Midnight sun & northern lights
Most of Greenland is located above the Arctic circle and experiences the eternal golden glow of the midnight sun during the summer months. Once the nights grow darker from the second half of August onwards, the ghostly northern lights hover through the sky. South Greenland is located in the ‘Aurora belt’, and is one of the best regions on earth to witness this fascinating, bewildering natural light show. We sipped hot tea in our pyjamas under the moonlit Arctic sky with mystical colours moving across, providing each other some heath from under our blankets.
Untouched Nordic wilderness
Being disconnected from the world without any cell phone service while floating in this blue and green world made us feel both connected to each other and most alive. During our sailing expedition along the glacial coastline of Greenland, we saw half our half-bucket list floating by. It’s truly soul crushing to have seen this remote place on Earth.