When I visited Greenland two years ago, I had to drive a snowmobile for four hours from the town where I landed, Kangerlussuaq, to the small town of Sissimiut, my destination. Yup. It’s the standard mode of transportation in this frosty country. I also went dog sledding, skiing, and hunting for icebergs. (What else to do?) The highlight of my trip was when my snowmobile broke down on a frozen lake in the middle of nowhere. I removed my helmet and absorbed the scenery, nothing but the magic white surrounding me. There was the sound of absolutely no sound, what locals call “roaring silence,” a thrilling emptiness that I imagine exists only in outer space and in Greenland. People do in fact live here. About 50,000, to be exact, including Juno, a native, emerging R&B/pop artist who lives in the capital city, Nuuk, and who just released an album. He’s easy on the eyes and knows Greenland better than I do. Here are Juno’s five musts if you ever make it out to the biggest island in the world.
Heli-skiing is off the chain The first thing I would do is go on a heli-skiing trip with Greenland Extreme. They have trips to different parts of Greenland, where you can experience heli-skiing or other adventure activities. Of course that’s extra money from your budget, but if it’s something you can afford I would definitely recommend doing it – it will be one of the most beautiful experiences you’ll ever have. Admire the fjords in Ilulissat Another thing everyone should do when in Greenland is visit Ilulissat, “The iceberg town,” and have a tour around the area around the town. You should go there to experience the culture and see the amazing icebergs that surround the fjord in Ilulissat. Experience whales migrating In Nuuk, you can partake in some whale-watching if you’re there at the right time of year. The best time to go is in the summer and into fall, from May to November. Whale watching is to me just so magical. We often see and hear them in the summer evenings when everything is quiet. Living right by the water, it’s so lovely to suddenly hear a whale swim by, blowing out air through its blow holes. I remember always running down close to the water and watching them swim closely by in the bay. When I was working on my demo for the album, it was inspiring to see them, and I would always feel full of stuff to write about after having that type of encounter. It makes you feel close to life. Dog sledding is a staple An experience you also won’t want to miss out on is dog sledding from Sisimiut to Kangerlussuaq in the winter. Dogsleds are very common as a means of transportation. They are very unique to the Inuit lifestyle and definitely something you would always remember trying. Plus, it makes a great story for you to tell your friends, kids, and maybe future grandchildren. Also, when you’re in Kangerlussuaq, you can take a short trip to the inland ice – which is something you will want to do before global warming gets rid of all the ice! Bathe in hot springs You can also go to Qaqortoq in the summer for a one day trip by boat to Uunartoq, near Nanortalik, to have a very exclusive experience. Here, you can go to hot springs and relax in the water while watching icebergs float by in the background! There are no tourists, maybe a local family in the area, tops, but it’s very relaxing and isn’t filled with tourists like many of the hot springs in Iceland. You just have to find a local in Qaqortoq who can take you by boat to the springs and back again when you’ve decided it’s time to get back to civilization.