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The Hot Springs at Uunartoq

Despite being named Greenland, most of the country’s terrain is quite the opposite. The beautiful terrain is mostly flat with an ice cap that covers most of its land besides a narrow, barren, mountainous, and rocky coast. It ranges greatly in elevation as well. In fact, the lowest elevation is at sea level and the highest is the summit of Gunnbjorn Fjeld in the Arctic.

This makes the Hot Springs of Greenland a highly sought after and special place to visit. While Greenland has many hot springs, the hot springs on Uunartoq Island are the most popular due to the consistent, average water temperatures year round of 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The island’s hot springs are made up of three smaller springs that come together to make one giant spring. You can visit any time of the year and expect the same temperatures for soaking and taking some time off from your normal life.

The Northern Lights

Who has not wanted to see the Northern Lights (or the Aurora Borealis) in person? The majesty of this sight is unparalleled. This natural phenomenon occurs when the charged particles from the Sun clash against the Earth’s atoms in our atmosphere, which creates a harmless snapback in the form of a brightly glowing light show. Due to the hemispheric location of Greenland, it is prime territory to see the Lights in person.Visit from the months of September through April for your chance to see it. Head out to rural areas or smaller towns with less ambient light pollution in order to get the best view. Communities such as Kangerslussauq and Ittoqqortoormiit are great choices.

Qaqortoq

As for real, down to earth cities, Qaqortoq is a must-see when in Greenland. This is the largest town in Southern Greenland and has been occupied for 4,300 years. So many different cultures have called this region home, including the Norse during the 10th century, the Thule in the 12th century, the Danish in the 18th century, and even the pre-historic Saqqaq peoples. This town is only populated by around 3,300 residents and offers a unique fountain and many architectural structures. Intriguingly, the Qaqortoq fountain is the only existing fountain in Greenland!

One of the greatest museums on the continent is the Qaqortoq Museum. This is located in the town’s original blacksmith shop that was built in the early 19th century. The extensive collection of Dorset, Thule, and Norse cultural artifacts as well as artwork, makes for an amazing experience.

For those seeking a physical challenge, check out the outdoors of this city, where you can trek on the hiking trails that are found throughout this town. You can also go whale watching and explore the nearby fjords and glaciers.

Nearby is one of the best preserved Norse ruins one can find, called the Hvalsey Church. This was build in the 1300s and was the first Christian church on the continent. The last written record of Norse culture in Greenland, was interestingly, a wedding held at Hvalsey Church in the year 1408.

Icebergs and Glaciers

Greenland is notorious for its glaciers and icebergs. Having the opportunity to actually see one up close is an incredibly unique and breathtaking experience. These giant natural pieces of ice and snow have literally shaped continents.

Greenland has many incredible icebergs that tourists can see via boats. North Greenland has more of the very large icebergs and South Greenland has smaller but still-beautiful glacier-filled locations you can visit.Your visit to Greenland is not complete without a visit to one of nature’s most incredible masterpieces.


  

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