When telling people that I was going on this trip the response was always, “Why Greenland?” I would timidly reply that in pictures it looked unbelievable and that it seemed like it’d be an adventure worth exploring. Now I can confidently say that it is one of the most beautiful and unique places on this planet. As our plane flew over Greenland all I could see was miles of ice, untouched by humans. At times it was hard to tell whether the whiteness was clouds or ice.
From our first excursion I was shocked at how these people manage to live in such harsh conditions – from dog sledding to kayak races in artic waters. I can’t imagine living in darkness all winter with temperatures reaching 50 below; however, summertime is a different story. Since the sun rarely sets in the summer, we spent the first night on a boat ride to see the midnight sun. I never knew there was so much to learn about ice. Our guide fished out several pieces from the water and gave us each a small piece of ice that could be anywhere between 5 and 150,000 years old – id like to think mine was 150,000 years old.
The next day we went on a day trip in a boat that took us to a tiny village where we were served lunched. The water was so fresh that we drank it straight from the lake and the meat was so unique that I had to try it all – some of my favorites include reindeer and muskox sausage, seal soup and whale. We also got a chance to get very close to one of the most active glaciers on earth and were lucky enough to see it calve several times.
Our next journey was to Iceland and although we were only there for a day and a half we were busy visiting as many sites as we could. For people that love to hike Iceland is the place to go. From waterfalls to hot springs to mountains it is stunning and with only 300,000 people living in the entire country there is plenty of space to explore.
Since Greenland and Iceland are so different they are hard to compare, but they are both equally as incredible. It’s hard to describe without seeing it for yourself so I made a short video of the trip to try and show how phenomenal these places are (I apologize for the cheesy music). Enjoy!