In Greenland whale watching can be
enjoyed from the streets or even from your hotel room. During the late
summer and early autumn whales swim close to the coast and are sometimes
seen in the harbours. But of course the best way to spot these huge
mammals is at sea. Whale-watching tours are offered in several towns in
Greenland. When you sail along the coast on a passenger ship, the
captain will often notify you when whales are close.
are various species of whales in Greenlandic
waters including the two largest, the blue whale and the fin
whale. Humpback whales, minke whales, narwhales, beluga or white whales,
sperm whales, pilot whales and Greenland whales are among the other
sea you will also see seals. An estimated two million seals live in
Walruses are primarily seen in North and East
first encounter with large animals in Greenland usually takes place very
soon after arrival. More than 3,000 musk oxen live in the area around
Kangerlussuaq Airport and some of them can be seen in the immediate
A one-hour guided tour of the area will most likely include an
encounter with these large, sedate animals.
Reindeer live all over the ice-free parts of Greenland, and you may be
lucky enough to see a herd. The Reindeer hide is very insulating, and if
you decide to go on a dog-sledge tour you will have the chance to dress
in clothes made from reindeer hide.
bears live predominantly in north and east Greenland but also
come to south Greenland, drifting on the ice flows. Encounters with
polar bears are extremely rare except in The North and East and no
precautions are necessary outside these regions.
The northeastern part of Greenland is a protected national
park. With a area
larger than England and France put together, it is the largest national
park in the world. Polar bears, walruses, reindeer, musk oxen and a
growing stock of wolves live here along with smaller animals and many