When we think of Greenland, a formidable, rocky and barren span inhospitable to life comes to mind. However, it is far from that! Greenland’s pristine Arctic wilderness is rich with wildlife, both land and water-borne. Passengers on our 14-day East Greenland expedition have a unique opportunity to view animals few will ever see outside of a zoo in their natural habitat, including Greenland’s largest land mammal, the muskox.
Muskox stand four to five feet (1.1 to 1.5 m) high at the shoulder and weigh up to 900 pounds (410 kg). Their average weight is a hefty 630 pounds (285 kg). Both male and female muskox sport long, curved horns and impressive trailing beards. In fact, the Greenlandic name for muskox is “Umimmak,” meaning “the long-bearded one.”