For many travelers, a trip to Iceland is also a great opportunity to visit its frozen neighbor - The white giant island, Greenland.
Colourful houses in Ilulissat, West Greenland
Ironically, Greenland is a frozen Island mostly covered with glaciers, got the name Green–Land. Iceland – an island which is mostly green year-round (thanks to the Gulf Stream) got the frosty name Ice-land. Legend says that Icelandic viking Leif Erikson (The first European to land in North America!) gave the islands those names to confuse his rivals and prevent them from wanting to come to Iceland and go to Greenland instead.
The trick worked and Greenland for many years was sparsely populated place. In the last few years travelers discovered Greenland charm and awesome landscapes and made it an exclusive destination for nature lovers. Thanks to its short distance from Iceland. Reykjavik the capital of Iceland become one of the major ports for travelers who wants to get to Greenland.
During the summer there are daily flights from Reykjavik Airport to a variety of destinations in Greenland.
Reykjavik Airport located just 5 minutes' drive from the city center, the airport is small and check–in are quick, friendly and doesn't require too much waiting and terminals walks.
So if you are already in Iceland, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Greenland to and expect adventure of a lifetime!
Ilulissat is located on the west coast of Greenland, about 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The town is sitting on the mouth of the famous icefjord at Discko bay. Ilulissat is known for its breathtaking landscapes. The famous icefjord is world known attraction and the most famous site in Greenland, it is also the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Icefjord, as its name suggests – is a 40 kilometers long stretch of water that contains floating massive icebergs from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier calving into the fjord.
In Kalaallisut (the Greenlandic language) the word Ilulissat means icebergs– not surprising considering the surrounding views.
The town is the 3rd biggest settlement in Greenland with population of 4500 and also a home for 6000 sled dogs that are still used as the main mean of transportation in the winter.
On a day tour sail from Ilulissat one can visit Eqi Glacier about 70 km north of Ilulissat. After arriving near the glacier, Small zodiac boats can take you very close to the edge of the glacier to see big pieces of ice break off. The sounds of breaking and splashing can be heard echoing all around. The crashes are enormous and the sight of the icebergs falling into the water is impressive. In summer time when the midnight sun refuse to disappear, the icebergs in the fjord are blushing with shades of pink and orange.