Northern Lights Holidays to Greenland

Greenland is a country that seems like a distant land of adventure and mystery and for the relatively few travellers who venture here it is an unforgettable experience.

Greenland sits between America and Europe and is the world's largest and most sparsely populated island, with a population of only 56,000 (approx), an average of 0.14 people per square kilometre.

As well as a seemingly endless landscape of breathtaking natural scenery a visit here will allow you to explore a country of rich traditions and spectacular wildlife.

Greenland is situated ideally within the Aurora Zone and so along with this island's exceptional natural wonders, guests can also look forward to Greenland's excellent Northern Lights viewing opportunities.

Greenland has been inhabited periodically for the last 4,500 years, beginning with those who migrated from what today is Canada. From the 10th century, Norsemen settled in the southern part of the island, with Inuit people making their home here from the 13th century. Danish sovereignty was claimed over the land from the early 18th century onwards.

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Our holidays to Greenland will take you to the western part of the country, an area which was settled by Viking outlaw, Erik the Red who, banished from Iceland, made his way across the water and made a home here, declaring the land 'green-land' in reflection of its numerous lush green valleys. In more recent history this region also had great importance during the Second World War, in providing a base for the American Air Force, and visitors can see evidence of this on their travels.

Ilulissat, meaning 'icebergs' in Greenlandic, is a small but charming town, home to the UNESCO protected Greenland icecap which today produces over 250 million tonnes of icebergs which visitors can see descending along the fjord in a dazzling natural spectacle. The town is home to around 4600 inhabitants and in the winter is an excellent location for husky sledding in particular and guests can be acquainted with the famed Greenlandic Husky, a large dog breed which is said to be descended from the dogs first brought to the island over a thousand years ago by Inuit settlers.

We also feature the location of Kangerlussuaq, a gateway to the island and home to just over 500 people. It is known for its wildlife with musk oxen, caribou and gyrfalcons seen regularly. Alongside this, it is an ideal location from which to see a display of the Northern Lights, with the Aurora frequently visiting during the winter months.

Visitors to this far off land can enjoy numerous natural spectacles and a distinctive blend of modern, Danish and Inuit culture.


Image credits: Visit Greenland Mads Pihl, Rebecca Gustafsson, Paul Zizka and Stain Klo 

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The Aurora Zone was born out of our love of all things wintery. We were already regular visitors to the likes of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland thanks to a fascination with winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and the Scandinavian way of life. Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. We have all been held in the Aurora’s thrall and our mission is to do our very best to ensure that our clients can experience that magical moment on their Northern Lights holiday.

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    Aurora knowledge and experience

    Unique holidays, in the very best destinations

    Expert guides – exceptional local knowledge

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

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    We include more in our holidays than any other Aurora operator

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    No ‘from’ prices, everything you see is included in the price

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    The original and still the only dedicated UK Northern Lights tour operator

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