About 4,500 years ago, early man migrated thousands of perilous miles from Canada into Greenland.

And when they got there and saw the ice-covered mountains, glaciers and resident polar bears, they stopped and said ‘Yep, this looks like the spot.’ And who can blame them? It may be cold, but the unfenced wilderness of the world’s biggest (and least populated) island is worth wearing a scarf 11 months of the year for. Although technically still part of Denmark, Greenland is now self-governing and has a proud Inuit culture. And with no crowds, little crime and only a few roads to break up the endless ice flow, it’s easy to see the appeal (just don’t forget that scarf).

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Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: Yes - required in advance
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required

Not really. For restaurants and hotels, a service charge is usually included in the bill. Tipping won’t be expected, but it is sure to be appreciated when offered.

You can thank undersea optic cables running from Europe for Greenland’s great internet connectivity. Around 93 per cent of the population has access to the web. And it’s highly likely your accommodation will have Wi-Fi.

You sure can. There’s only one phone provider in Greenland, Tele Greenland, but most villages will have good 3G coverage. Note that data roaming charges are international (as Greenland is technically outside the EU) and much higher than usual.

Most Greenland villages and cities have modern and fully functional flush toilets, which are widely available.

Beer = 11 USD
Simple lunch at a cafe = 17 USD
Dinner in a restaurant = 45 USD
Train ticket = 3 USD
Bottle of water = 1.5 USD

Tap water is safe to drink throughout Greenland. You can even drink the water in the rivers and lakes – nothing better than pure glacial melt water.

Major credit cards will be accepted at most restaurants, hotels and shops. Major supermarkets will also give cash out, but if you’re venturing into the smaller settlements, carry cash as a backup (card readers are often broken).

ATM access is good in the major towns and settlements, but most holes-in-the-wall will close at about 6pm. You can also withdraw money in banks and post offices.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance 

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 6 Jan Epiphany
  • 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday 
  • 12 May Prayer Day
  • 25 May Ascension Day
  • 5 Jun Whit Monday
  • 21 Jun Ullortuneq (National Day)
  • 24 Dec Christmas Eve
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Christmas Holiday
  • 31 Dec New Year's Eve

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Greenland go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/greenland/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Local kids with puppies in Kulusuk, Greenland

Top responsible travel tips for Greenland

1. Be considerate of Greenland’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Signposts (and signage in general) are rare in Greenland, but locals are more than happy to offer directions.

5. Make an effort to learn some Greenlandic before you go. Locals do speak Danish and (often) English, but will really appreciate the effort.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, especially children.