Expert's Take: 6 Favorite Things to Do in Greenland
At the heart of A&K’s new 2020 Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise is a special focus on the largest island in the world. An untrammeled, ice-cloaked paradise for active adventurers, Greenland is also a place of fascinating contrasts, where enduring Inuk and Viking traditions thrive alongside a dynamic wilderness. “Travellers that embrace the Greenlandic state of mind are rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” says A&K culture expert Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu, whose family has called the island home for generations.
Here are Lykke’s favorite things to experience in Greenland. She joins our featured experts and Explorers in Residence Fiann Paul, a record-breaking ocean rower, and acclaimed climber Alex Pancoe on A&K’s newest expedition cruise.
“There are only a few hot pools in Greenland, but this one was discovered by the Vikings and it’s perfect at 100 degrees.”
“You have never really seen the beauty of ice until you see Kangerlussuaq at the mouth of the Greenland ice sheet, something we see during our last stop.”
“You throw out a line with small hooks on it, and it’s easy to catch as many as five cod at a time. What’s really special, though, is preparing the fish afterward, just as we do traditionally in summer.”
“Whenever we have a celebration in Greenland, like a birthday party or a wedding, we bake a cake with the berries we pick in summer. Then we invite everyone in the village over for cake and coffee, and maybe some traditional dried fish and meat.”
“A&K guests will have several opportunities to kayak in Greenland, where the ‘hunter’s boat’ was born, but it will be especially thrilling in Narsaq with the option to paddle into exciting ocean waters.”
“You don’t have to travel far beyond any of the communities we visit to feel as if you are the only one in the world and there is no sound at all.”
“Greenland is part of me,” says Lykke, who grew up in Denmark, but always retained a strong connection to her Greenlandic roots. Her mother was born in Western Greenland and raised in a traditional hunting family, and her uncles live as fishermen and hunters in Nuuk. Lykke moved to Greenland after high school and served on the country’s tourism board for 20 years before launching her own Greenlandic tour company.
Set sail on a thrilling expedition to Iceland and Greenland via exclusively chartered, all-balcony ‘Le Boreal.’ Discover spectacular Lindenow Fjord, Prince Christian Sound and more on excursions for active guests and families alike, visiting the Inuit villages of Greenland and discovering the deep-rooted Viking history of both countries alongside the most knowledgeable Expedition Team at sea.