29 Best Places To Visit In Greenland in 2024 (+ Map!)

Are you looking for the best places to visit in Greenland? This is a guide to many amazing destinations in Greenland, from remote settlements to the world’s largest national park!

Greenland is one of the most beautiful places I have set my eyes on. The vast island is sparsely populated with small settlements dotted along the coast, with the majority of the population residing in its capital, Nuuk, and the less remote southern settlements.

The best places to visit in Greenland often have polar bears!
The best places to visit in Greenland often have polar bears!

However, each region of the country offers something different, and you will find incredible things to do in each settlement, depending on what you are looking to do during your time in Greenland.

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Getting around Greenland

Exploring Greenland has one unique and difficult challenge: unlike nearly everywhere else in the world, the settlements are not connected by roads.

Traveling between towns and villages will need to be done by boat, air travel, or on foot in some cases.

The best way to get around Greenland and see a large portion of the country is on a cruise ship, where you will stop at multiple places.

Given Greenland’s size, cruises tend to focus on specific areas of the country, meaning you will need to decide which area you wish to explore.

Kayaking around an iceberg
This iceberg flipped just before the kayaker arrived!

Alternatively, you can opt to fly to locations throughout the country. This is generally a fairly time-consuming affair with the need to transfer between Greenland air hub airports.

These flights are also in high demand and can be expensive if not booked in advance.

I have listed the best places to visit in Greenland in this guide. If you have any questions or feel I have left out your favorite place to visit in Greenland, please leave a comment below!

Best places to visit in Greenland

1. Siorapaluk

Siorapaluk is a small settlement found in the Qaanaaq area of Northern Greenland. It is Greenland’s northernmost-inhabited settlement.

This unique destination is an amazing place to experience Greenlandic culture, with approximately 40 indigenous Inughuit people still living there.

The settlement can only be reached via boat, helicopter, or snowmobile.

You’ll want to spend most of your time learning about the indigenous culture.

Rugged mountains of Siorapaluk
The rugged scenery of Greenland’s most northern town

Don’t forget to try Kiviaq, a traditional Inuit dish made of little auks that are fermented in seal skin. You can do both by staying with a local family.

In spring, you can ride dog sleds in the wilderness, and in summer, you can experience the midnight sun.

A hike along Siorapaluk Beach will allow you to take in the Arctic surroundings, and you might spot the resident white-tailed eagles.

2. Ilimanaq

Ilimanaq, formerly Claushav, is a small settlement in Western Greenland, with a population of approximately 50 people.

Most people in Ilimanaq still live for hunting and fishing. However, the area has become famous for its gourmet restaurants and luxury accommodation.

I recommend staying at Ilimanaq Lodge, where you can sleep in a luxury cabin-style bungalow overlooking the Ilulissat Icefjord.

Colorful houses reflecting in the water of a fjord
Beautiful houses reflecting in a fjord

When you’re not taking in the impressive views, you’ll be out exploring the area.

World of Greenland offers awesome excursions in Ilimanaq. The Village Tour will teach you about local history and culture, while the Ilimanaq Glacier Adventure explores sandy beaches, the Tasiusaq fjord system, and a huge ice sheet.

In the evening, tuck into a luxury tasting menu at the Koks Michelin Restaurant. The famous Faroese restaurant has temporarily relocated to Ilimanaq.

3. Qaanaaq

Qaanaaq is a larger Greenlandic town. The inhabitants of Qaanaaq speak the local Inuktun language, and most activities in the area center around local history and outdoor adventure.

Accessible via plane or expedition, some of the most popular things to do in the town include sailing, kayaking, and dog sledding. One of the major draws to the area is the wildlife found near the coast.

colorful houses in the snow
Colorful houses standing out against the snow

On an 8-hour boat trip towards the North Pole, you might spot narwhals, Arctic seals, walruses, eagles, and little auks.

In the winter, the sea around Qaanaaq freezes, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to explore large icebergs, ice cathedrals, and the polar night by dog sled.

For a traditional experience, stay at Hotel Qaanaaq with a local family.

4. Upernavik

Upernavik is a popular town found on an island of the same name. It is the perfect vacation destination for travelers who want to experience the rugged beauty of Northern Greenland.

The settlement also has a strong association with Inuit ice fishing traditions.

Surrounded by a labyrinth of small islands, you’ll enjoy learning about traditional settlements, exploring the fjord, and wildlife watching.

Iceberg outside of Upernavik
Take to the water around Upernavik to see icebergs and hopefully narwhals!

Like Qaanaaq, Upernavik is home to the narwhals, so keep your eyes peeled for the unicorn of the sea. You can explore the fjords via kayak in the summer or dog sled in the winter.

During a fjord tour, look out for the interesting and extremely large icebergs too!

To take in local culture, visit the Upernavik Museum, where you’ll find traditional artwork from local artists.

5. Uummannaq

Uummannaq is where you’ll find the country’s most northerly ferry terminal. The main draw to this part of Greenland is the quite stunning Uummannaq fjord, which is a photographer’s paradise.

The fjord can be explored by boat, with visitors being treated to unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and icebergs. Uummannaq Sea Safaris runs guided tours of the fjord with expert guides.

The houses of Uummannaq perched above a fjord
The houses of Uummannaq perched on a rocky outcrop

They also offer dog sledding, snowmobiling, northern lights, and settlement tours.

A great way to explore the town is by taking a city walking tour. This hike will show you the local hotspots like the Uummannaq Museum, which is home to replica artifacts from the Qilakitsoq mummies (Greenland’s oldest mummies).

Keep your eyes open for Santa’s letter box behind the church too!

6. Oqaatsut

Oqaatsut is a popular destination for travelers visiting Ilulissat. Many tourists hike from the larger town to Oqaatsut by following the orange markers.

However, less experienced hikers can reach the town by boat, dog sled, or snowmobile.

With large icebergs and whales slowly passing the town’s doorstep, it’s tempting to kick back and relax in Oqaatsut, but there are things to do.

Crystal clear waters of Oqaatsut
The water looks so enticing for a polar plunge

You can explore on a settlement and hiking tour. That way, you can learn about the local people, take in the scenic views, and try the local cuisine.

For an epic stay, check out Hotel Nordlys. This hotel offers views of Disko Bay and its icebergs and provides boat tours.

7. Ilulissat

Ilulissat is one of the most popular cities to visit in Greenland. With plenty of things to do and breathtaking natural surroundings, this coastal city is known for Ilulissat Icefjord and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay.

From late May to autumn, humpback whales are commonly sighted in the Icefjord, so jump on a whale-watching tour.

If you don’t spot whales, you’ll still be able to get close to the enormous icebergs that have made the area so famous.

Icebergs in Illuissat
Illuissat is one of the best places in the world to see icebergs

You can learn about the science behind the region at the impressive Icefjord Centre.

Ilulissat also has a lively food scene. You can expect to find numerous restaurants serving traditional foods and awesome views.

The Hotel Icefjord Restaurant serves luxurious Nordic and French-inspired cuisine with windswept views of the icy fjord.

8. Kangaatsiaq

If you seek an authentic experience in Greenland, visit Kangaatsiaq. Here, you’ll find undisturbed nature, an abundance of wildlife, winding waterways, and hiking trails only the locals know about.

Reached by boat or helicopter (winter only), one of the most popular activities here is sea kayaking, mainly because you can spot marine mammals such as the minke whale, narwhal, and beluga whale.

You might even spot a polar bear! From September to April, there is also a chance to spot the aurora borealis.

Long-distance trekkers love to undertake the more than 60 km (37 mi) hiking route to Niaqornaarsuk, but others tend to ask locals for shorter trails.

After an adventure-packed day, spend the night in a traditional Greenlandic cabin at Polar Cab Inn.

9. Qasigiannguit

Qasigiannguit is a vibrant town found on the west coast of Greenland. This town is famous for its halibut and shrimp fishing, but tourists love the area for its rich history and beautiful surroundings.

A guided city walk will introduce you to the area, while the Qasigiannguit Museum will tell you everything you need to know about the town’s history and culture.

A boat sailing through the broken up sea ice
The ice flows make traveling around Greenland very challenging!

In summer (on select Saturdays), the museum hosts a Living Settlement, where locals re-enact the 18th-century Thule culture.

Qasigiannguit is often referred to as the ‘capital of whales,’ so I highly suggest taking a whale safari during the whale season.

You might catch a glimpse of humpback whales from Hotel Diskobay, which offers daily excursions and dog sledding experiences too!

10. Qeqertarsuaq

Found on the south coast of Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq is a port and town that can be accessed via helicopter (all year) and by boat (summer).

Most tourists visit Qeqertarsuaq to explore the natural scenery.

There are enormous icebergs to admire, black sand beaches to walk along, waterfalls to take photographs of, and nearby glaciers to hike to.

A sled dog in the snow
Sled dogs are probably the only ones who wait for winter to arrive!

The hike to Lyngmark Glacier and the Kuannit are two of the area’s most popular and scenic hikes. In town, take a history walk and visit the Qeqertarsuaq Museum to learn more about the region’s history.

Make sure you spend some time in the Kuannit Art Gallery too! This is one of the only places in the town to buy souvenirs.

11. Aasiaat

Greenland’s fifth largest town, Aasiaat is located in the heart of the Aasiaat Archipelago. Therefore, you’ll spend most of your time near the water, particularly in summer.

Hotel SØMA runs daily sailing trips that explore the archipelago, allowing tourists to get up close to humpback whales and icebergs. In winter, the hotel also offers exhilarating dog sledding tours around the town.

Colorful houses in the Assiaat bay
The brief summer is perfect for fishing trips by boat

The Aasiaat Museum displays Greenlandic history from prehistoric times to today, and there’s a fine example of a Greenlandic home from the 1900s inside.

Just up from the museum is the Aasiaat Church, which shows off Greenlandic architecture.

The community hall and town library are well worth a look, too, if you want to learn more about local life.

12. Kangerlussuaq

Despite being best known as the main transport hub in Greenland, there are plenty of things to do in Kangerlussuaq.

The town is home to the Kangerlussuaq Museum, which explains how the town was used as a U.S. airbase during WWII and how a large population of musk ox live nearby (over 10,000).

You can see the musk oxen on a hiking tour or tundra safari. The most famous attraction near Kangerlussuaq is the ice sheet.

Me standing on the Greenlandic ice sheet at Point 660
A dream come true when I got to stand on the ice sheet at Point 660

This phenomenal natural formation has developed over millions of years and you can walk along it at Point 660 on an Ice Sheet tour. Don’t forget your camera!

After your tour, enjoy a traditional Greenlandic dinner at Restaurant Roklubben. I seriously recommend the Greenlandic buffet on Wednesdays or Sundays!

13. Sisimiut

Sisimiut is the second largest city in Greenland and is most famous for its winter sports activities, hiking, and Inuit culture.

You’ll find hiking trails of all difficulties. In summer, the Arctic Circle Trail is incredibly popular with visitors, offering panoramic views of the mountains.

In winter, this trail is also a popular skiing destination. You’ll find a lift for alpine skiing and numerous cross-country skiing slopes.

Sisimiut in the snow
Sisimiut is one of the best places to visit Greenland

Sisimiut is even home to Greenland’s only outdoor swimming pool.

To learn about local culture, visit the Sisimiut Museum, which specializes in trade, shipping, and industry. Meanwhile, Taseralik Culture Center hosts regular concerts and theatrical performances related to local history.

For accommodation, Hotel Sisimiut offers spacious rooms, hot tubs, delicious food, and tours.

14. Maniitsoq

Maniitsoq is the sixth-largest town in Greenland. You should visit Maniitsoq if you’re in search of epic mountain views, picturesque landscapes, and an Arctic adventure.

Tourists are drawn to the area by Maniitsoq’s rugged beauty.

When you’re not hiking the Nasaasaaq Peak Trail for 360-degree views, you’ll be admiring the Eternity Fjord on a Maniitsoq boat tour with locals. One of my favorite hiking trails in the town is the Assaqutaq Trail.

Cod drying in Maniitsoq
Air drying cod to help preserve it

This trail is a beautiful fjord hike that leads through the abandoned Assaqutaq Settlement.

In Maniitsoq, you should visit the Maniitsoq Museum. Here, you’ll find exhibitions and artifacts from previous settlements and the colonial period. Enjoy dinner with a view at Hotel Maniitsoq too!

15. Kapisillit

Kapisillit settlement has a population of approximately 50 inhabitants. As such, you can expect a seriously relaxing experience during your visit.

This area is the only known place in Greenland with a spawning salmon population, making it the only place in the country where tourists can go river fishing for the species.

Kapisillit is also the closest settlement to the Nuuk Icefjord, making it the perfect base for exploring the iceberg-covered waters and spectacular views.

A waterfall outside of Kapisillit
The area surrounding Kapisillit is perfect for exploring

Asimut Tours and Camp offers tours that include ice fjord boat trips, salmon fishing excursions, and unique summer cabin stays.

Keen hikers will enjoy the views from the summit of Pingu hike (the mountain behind Kapisillit) and wander around the settlement chatting with locals.

16. Paamiut

Paamiut is a beautiful town located in Southwestern Greenland. The area is most famous for its majestic wildlife and breathtaking snowy slopes.

Wildlife lovers will be pleased to hear that Paamiut is home to the largest population of white-tailed eagles in Greenland. You can also spot whales passing the town.

The town itself is incredibly vibrant, scattered with colorful houses and ancient buildings.

A beautiful church in Paamiut
The center of Paamiut is dominated by this elaborate church

You can learn all about the town at the Paamiut Museum, which features five historic stone-and-timber buildings. Next to the museum is the brightly colored Fredens Kirke Church.

Paamiut is a great place to cross-country ski in winter, although there are no definite trails.

In summer, hiking trails lead to the Sermilik Fjord, where glaciers flow down from the ice cap.

17. Nuuk

Nuuk is a small city found along Greenland’s southwest coast and its capital. The city’s large fjord system is best known for its powerful waterfalls, icebergs, and humpback whales.

While Nuuk has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts, there is a lot to see in the town too. The lively waterfront is dotted with vibrant houses, and the Sermitsiaq mountain offers a scenic backdrop.

Me photographing the Nuuk Ice Fjord
There is something so peaceful about visiting the fjords around Nuuk in summer

The Greenland National Museum displays Inuit skin boats and mummies, while the Nuuk Art Museum displays local artwork. You can also watch concerts and films at the Katuaq Cultural Center.

Nuuk also has a rich Viking history. Almost 100 groups of Norse-Viking ruins have been found in the innermost fjords, and history buffs can explore them on a Qoornoq island tour.

18. Nanortalik

Nanortalik in Southern Greenland is generally considered to be the gateway to hiking, sailing, and climbing in the Tasermiut Fjord, making it a popular tourist destination with thrill seekers and nature lovers.

A sailing tour is the most relaxed way to experience the vast fjord and ice sheet, but you could challenge yourself to the Quaasik Hike if you want to see the fjord from above.

A church in Nanortalik with a Greenlandic flag flying outside of it
Greenlands flag flying proudly outside of a church

In summer, you could even take to the sea in a kayak and explore the fjord.

If you’re looking for more cultural-based activities, make sure you stop by the Nanortalik Outdoor Museum, which is situated in an interesting old colonial port.

In June, Nanortalik also hosts a Cultural Week, complete with local performances and live concerts.

Nanortalik roughly translates to “place of the polar bears.” While they occasionally drift south on the ice flows from east Greenland between January and June, they are not as common as the name suggests.

19. Qaqortoq

Qaqortoq is a town in South Greenland surrounded by a system of fjords and dotted with vibrant 18th-century colonial buildings. The traditional houses are beautiful and there are countless places to visit.

Points of interest include the Mindebrønden Memorial Fountain, Lake Tasersuaq, and the Qaqortoq Museum, which features displays about Greenlandic culture.

rock art near Qaqortoq
Throughout Qaqortoq there are many rock carvings

From Lake Taseruaq, you can follow a hiking trail into the mountains to the old Norse settlement of Igaliku. This will reveal more of the area’s history and show you some of the best viewpoints.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also jump on a ship tour to explore the Norse Viking ruins.

In terms of accommodation, opt for traditional accommodation like Hotel Qaqortoq, which prides itself on its 4-star rating.

20. Narsaq

This picturesque town in Southern Greenland is famous for its rare minerals and locally brewed beer (Qajaq), which you can sample at the Qajaq Brewery. I recommend trying the IPA, a beautiful hoppy IPA coming in at 5% ABV.

In Narsaq, you will come across secluded mountain lakes, colorful houses, icebergs, and even Norse Ruins. It is believed that Narsaq is where Eric the Red first settled in Greenland.

Flowers overlooking icebergs in a fjord
The fertile land of Narsaq could have been the inspiration for calling the country Greenland

One popular attraction is the Landnám homestead – the oldest Norse ruins in the area. You can follow the Landnám homestead hiking trail for a couple of kilometers to visit the remains.

Meanwhile, the Narsaq Museum will help you learn more about the Viking story in South Greenland. The museum also showcases some of Narsaq’s more recent local history!

21. Igaliku

Igaliku is a small farming settlement in Southern Greenland. It is best known for its natural landscapes and Norse ruins.

Popular attractions include Garðar Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, and the local houses. This is the only place in Greenland where the houses are made out of local stone.

Viking monuments around Igaliku
Igaliku is one of the best places in Greenland to learn about Viking history

The Norse Ruins in the area were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Kujataa, so don’t forget to check those out too!

Keen explorers should tackle the Tunulliarfik Fjord or Qooroq glacier hike from the settlement if they want to be treated to epic views of the mountains and fjord.

For a charming cabin stay in the valleys, check out the Igaliku Hotel!

22. Narsarsuaq

Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to South Greenland,’ Narsarsuaq is a tourism hotspot with breathtaking landscapes and a fascinating history.

Once a WWII air base, you’ll want to stop by the Narsarsuaq Museum. Here, you can observe pictures and items from the base.

In Narsarsuaq, you’ll also find the Greenlandic Arboretum – a 150-hectare forest with over 100 species of tree, including Greenland mountain ash, downy birch, and green alder.

Impressive glacier near Narsarsuaq
One of the beautiful glaciers near Narsarsuaq

I highly recommend following the Signal Hill trail (red route) in the forests if you seek views of the nearby glaciers! There is also a 3.5-hour hike from the town that leads directly to the Qooroq Glacier and Narsarsuaq Glacier.

You can stay in Narsarsuaq Youth Hostel for easy access to this trail!

23. Qassiarsuk

Qassiarsuk is the former home of Erik the Red and is known for its traditional Greenlandic farming. You can spend your days hiking in the mountains and exploring the remnants of the Viking settlements.

It is even possible to explore the area on a unique horse-riding tour.

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the Red Route will show you the ice-filled Sermilik Fjord and two local sheep farms.

For those who love running, you could take on the Leif Eriksson Marathon, which takes place every August, starting at the Leif Eriksson Monument.

To learn more about Viking history, jump on a Qassiarsuk Viking ruins tour. You’ll visit the most famous ruins and learn all about Erik the Red.

24. Tiilerilaaq

In East Greenland, you will find Tiilerilaaq, an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. Surrounded by vast mountains and iceberg-covered seas, you’ll find yourself exploring the Sermilik Icefjord daily.

The best way to explore the ice fjord is on a boat tour. You’ll pass huge icebergs, be treated to undisturbed views of the mountains, and you might even spot humpback whales.

In winter, dog sledding and snowmobiling are on the agenda, and thanks to the settlement’s lack of air pollution, there’s an increased chance of spotting the northern lights.

You could sleep under the stars at the settlement’s service building in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the lights!

25. Kuummiut

Kuummiut can be accessed by helicopter (all year) or by boat via the Ammassalik Fjord (summer). In summer, this settlement is a popular sailing and hiking destination.

A boat tour with Siggi Tours and their expert guide allows tourists to explore the area’s beautiful natural scenery and some of East Greenland’s unforgettable glaciers. It isn’t uncommon to come across icebergs that are more than 100 meters (328 feet) tall.

For a challenge, take on the Kuummiut – Qíngeq hike. This 8-mile (13-kilometer) hike will take you into the snowy mountains, offering panoramic views of the ice fjord.

In winter, Kuummiut is a big hit with skiers. There may not be any specified tracks, but you’ll find plenty of slopes to race down!

26. Ittoqqortoormiit

Despite being one of the most isolated towns in Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit has a lot of things to do.

A popular port of call for expedition cruises, focal points include the traditional-looking Denmark Church and a small museum that displays historical tools, pictures, and costumes.

However, by far the biggest draw to this town is its impressive natural surroundings.

Panoramic view of one of the most isolated settlements in Greenland
Approaching Ittoqqortoormiit by boat… an easy way to get to the settlement!

Set amongst an endless rock and snow landscape, most tourists visit the town to dog sled through the mountains and hike.

A dog sledding tour will let you cover more of the landscape, while the abandoned village of Uunarteq (Cape Tobin) hike offers challenging terrain and close encounters with snow hares, eider ducks, and potentially polar bears!

27. Kulusuk

If you’ve always dreamt of an island getaway on a Greenlandic archipelago, you should visit Kulusuk – an outlying island surrounded by snow-capped mountains and icebergs.

You’ll stay in one of the only hotels in the settlement amongst vibrant local houses, Hotel Kulusuk.

As far as attractions are concerned, you can spend your days wandering around the island watching the icebergs slowly float past.

Colorful houses against the backdrop of a snowy mountain
Kulusuk is just one of many picturesque settlements in Greenland

Alternatively, you can partake in a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, sailing, and ice caving.

This glacier walk and ice cave tour allows tourists to sail across the ice fjord in search of whales, hike across an ice sheet, and explore inside an icy haven.

28. Tasiilaq

During the colder months, Tasiilaq (formerly Ammassalik) becomes a popular skiing hotspot, but the only means of access is by helicopter.

Tasiilaq has one of Greenland’s only ski lifts and uncountable pristine peaks to ski down, and Heliskiing Expeditions offers tailored skiing excursions.

When you’re not hitting the slopes, visit the Ammassalik Museum. The exhibitions here center around cultural history and display old pictures, tools, costumes, and dog sleds.

A seal on the ice flow
A seal gripping onto an iceberg

In summer, take to the Sermilik ice fjord on a Tasiilaq boat tour. Most tours include a visit to Knud Rasmussen Glacier and an abandoned WW2 airbase.

If you stay at The Red House, you’ll be treated to awesome mountain views and Greenlandic specialties made from locally sourced fish and meat.

29. Northeast Greenland National Park

The Northeast Greenland National Park is the largest national park in the world. Almost 80% of the park is made up of Greenland’s vast ice sheet.

For context, it is more than 100 times larger than Yellowstone National Park. However, there is no infrastructure when it comes to harbors, roads, airports, and accommodation, so visiting isn’t easy.

A polar bear on the pack ice surrounding the Northeastern Greenland National Park
If lucky, you might get to see a polar bear in the national park

The best way to visit the park is on one of the expedition cruises that visit every summer. Poseidon Expeditions runs cruises that visit the park. Weather permitting, cruises visit places like Kaiser Franz Josef and Kong Oscar Fjords.

You’ll experience the vast icy landscapes and potentially spot wildlife such as Arctic foxes, musk oxen, whales, and polar bears!

Best places to visit in Greenland (on a map!)

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I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best places to visit in Greenland!

If you have any questions or suggestions for other places to visit in Greenland, please leave a comment below!

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