What’s your next travel destination? There are so many choices for adventurous travelers like yourself, it can be difficult to narrow down all your options.
Early life couldn’t have been easy for Erik the Red – he certainly didn’t live a glamorous youth before becoming one of the Arctic’s most famous explorers. Born Erik Thorvaldsson in Rogaland, Norway, he and his family were forced to leave their home country when his father was exiled for committing manslaughter. Sailing west, they settled in Iceland, where the boy would grow into a man and eventually earn an exile or two by his own bad deeds.
Two young women in flowing traditional Inuit amautis -- one white, one purple -- clasp one another’s arms and stand face to face, rocking and swaying in front of a mesmerized audience, their fearsome growls and raspy cries melding together in oddly hypnotic song.
The Ilulissat Icefjord has been a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List since 2004. Exploration of the Icefjord guarantees breathtaking views of the glaciers and ice caps surrounding the sea, and exciting hiking trails throughout its lakes, meadows, and mountains. However, it’s easy to get wrapped up in its beauty and intrigue while overlooking its significance as a site of outstanding natural value.
Greenland is well-known for landscapes you won’t see anywhere else in the world, but visitors are also wowed by the richness of its history. The preservation of historical sites and artifacts, as well as the country’s culture, give visitors a unique opportunity to experience Greenland from past to present on their arctic cruise.
Mysterious, remote, untouched. But, unexplored?? While you may think of Greenland as a fascinating wonderland awaiting to be discovered, you may be surprised to know just how many historical sites it boasts. Here’s a list of what to look forward to, from a historical perspective, on your Greenland expedition, and areas to explore.
There’s a lot of truth to the belief that Iceland is predominantly green and Greenland is predominantly ice.
I was out on deck early the morning we entered Disko Bay. Fog surrounded the ship, hazy blue-grey into infinity, light rain and calm seas. As I watched, a giant iceberg appeared through the mist, looming ominously before it faded away into oblivion. Another appeared, then yet another. Soon the ship wove carefully through a landscape of ice, each piece as unique as an individual person. “It was as if they had been borne down from a world of myth, some Gotterdammerung of noise and catastrophe”, Barry Lopez had written. “Fallen pieces of the moon”. I stared out in wonder at their silence and their magnitude.
Quark passengers and crew join locals in a game of football in Nuuk, Greenland in 2013.
But football [a.k.a. soccer in North America]?