Greenland tours for seniors
Odyssey offers easy, convenient, and relaxed escorted small group tour in Greenland and beyond. We explore Greenland‘s incredible natural beauty, its ancient Inuit and Viking heritage, National Heritage Sites, and charming towns, all with some truly spectacular scenery along the way. This and more is all waiting to be explored on one of Odyssey’s small group tours of Greenland, designed for the senior traveller, and led by experienced, and enthusiastic like minded people up in the Polar region.
For a travel experience you’ll never forget consider one of our small group tours Greenland. This island of glacier, mountain and fjord will reward any traveller on a Greenland tour seeking a glimpse of the untapped wilds of the North Pole in the arctic circle . Head on an expedition cruise, and you may see a humpback whale or polar bear in their natural habitat complete with ice cap and huge icebergs released from the Greenland ice sheet– and explore Greenland‘s mix of Viking and Inuit history in Nuuk , the capital city.
If you’re intrigued about one of the world’s most remote and pristine destinations, join Odyssey Traveller as we explore the historical and natural wonders of Greenland on land, rather by cruise ship. On this small group tour we start in Reykjavik, Iceland and fly to Greenland. These small group tours Greenland focus on South Greenland and East coast. This escorted tour for mature and senior travellers includes time seeing the list for couples and solo travellers that make any expedition into the arctic circle such a great memory, from the opportunity in the Autumn to early spring of seeing the Northern light show, a polar bear on the ice sheet or musk ox and arctic fox as well the physical environment often dominated by huge icebergs, these are towering icebergs that dominate the view as well as ice fjord and glacier activity from this receding ice cap. Your small group tour in Greenland also learns about the viking settlement in the sheltered fjord of the West Greenland coast during the Medieval period. The group has time to visit these historic places unique in the Polar region on your Greenland tour.
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4 daysSep, Jun, May
Discover Greenland | Small Group Tour for Seniors
Greenland is the largest island in the world, the majority of it lies above the Arctic Circle, and it is part of Denmark. Few places are quite so difficult to reach, we fly from Reykjavik to Nuuk. During this small group tour we have ensured that our travellers gets to this conversation-stopping land and, while we are there we obtain the most comprehensive overview of this vast landmass. We visit during the summer, experiencing the burst of seasonal flora, which caused the early voyagers to name it Greenland.
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Articles about Greenland
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Visiting Greenland as a member of a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers. The group of couples and solo travellers spend time in Qaqortoq and Nuuk, Greenland. Greenland is an extension to the Iceland small group tour. The group often witnesses the Northern light display in this part of the arctic circle.
The need to know
Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary.
However, travel options within Greenland are very limited, and on this short tour we travel mostly by plane and helicopter.
Accommodation in Greenland is limited. We select good, clean, en-suited 3-4 star hotels.
Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.
Geography, Weather & environment
Greenland is an autonomous constituent country in the Kingdom of Denmark.
It lies between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, to the east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Despite its physiographical ties to the American continent, Greenland is more closely related to Europe and especially Scandinavia.
Residents of remote Greenland are majority Inuit peoples, whose ancestors migrated from mainland Canada. Greenland is considered the world’s biggest island (Antarctica and Australia are continental landmasses).
It is the world’s least populated territory in terms of density. Just over 56,000 people reside here, and they are concentrated along the ice free coast, and in cities inluding the capital Nuuk. This is because three quarters of Greenland is covered with a permanent ice sheet.
As you might expect, Greenland’s climate is cold. The average daily temperature in Muuk is -8 to 7 degrees celcius. If Greenland’s ice sheet was to melt, the world’s sea level would rise by over 7 metres.
Interestingly, the northernmost part of Greenland isn’t covered by an ice sheet because the air is too dry to produce snow.
You must prepare for extreme cold if you are travelling to Greenland.
World Heritage sites
Kujataa, Greenland is a UNESCO World Heritage site, though it is listed as part of Denmark.
It is a subarctic farming landscape where Norse farmer-hunters arrived in the 10th century. It here that Inuit farming communities developed in the 18th century. The site is preserved for its historic value, as the first site of farming in the Arctic.
Festivals & events
The most celebrated events in Greenland are Christmas and New Year, along with their National Day on June 21st. This is the longest day of the year, and is marked with songs and entertainment hosted by every settlement and town.
Greenland’s only national TV channel broadcasts reports from different locations. Many people don national costumes in order to celebrate Greenland’s history and culture.
Greenland also celebrates the Return of the Sun, the day that signals a relief from months of darkness. On the day the sun first appears on the horizon, many families celebrate with excursions to enjoy coffee and cakes. In Ilulissat, families and school groups travel to Holms Hill by dogsled and sing songs.
- Journal of a Greenland Voyage by William Scoresby
- The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley
- Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change by Frank Sejersen
- Exploring Greenland: Cold War Science and Technology on Ice by Ronald E. Doel, Kristine C. Harper, and Matthias Heymann (editors)
Eating & Drinking
Farmers grow select crops in small batches on Greenland’s limited agricultural land. Despite these limitations, however, cuisine in Greenland is surprisingly exciting and innovative. Much of the produce is gleaned from the sea and land, in the form of diverse fish species and Arctic mammals.
There are very much traces of Greenland’s hunting heritage in modern cuisine. But it also reflects increasing international influences. Fish features most prominently in the home.
A greater variety of ingredients are shipped in, or delivered by plane. Some of the more obscure delicacies include seal and whale. Mattak is made from a whale’s skin and blubber and is eaten raw. Suaasat is a traditional soup made with seal meat, but whale, reindeer or seabirds can be subsituted. But for the less adventurous among us, more standard fare can usually be sourced, particularly in the cities.
As for drinking in Greenland, dinner is often followed by a warming concoction of hot coffee, whiskey, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and whipped cream, which is set aflame before serving. A brewery in Greenland pioneered Ice beer, brewed with glacial water. Homebrewing is abundant in Greenland – alcohol was heavily restricted until 1954.
Health & Safety
While much of Greenland is usually safe to travel around, it’s important to stay alert to anything unusual. As in any country, keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.
Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Greenland’s power sockets are of types C, F, E and K. The standard voltage is 230V and frequency 50Hz.
The best of Greenland
Nuuk is Greenland's capital, and one of the smallest capital cities in the world.Read More
Ilulissat is a settlement in West Greenland nearby one of the biggest ice fjords in the country.Read More
Qaqortoq is the largest town in Southern Greenland, but small enough to explore on foot.Read More
We found all the guides in each place excellent, some more than others, but always knowledgeable and obviously in love with their chosen careers. David our coach driver was excellent also, coping with some difficult situations with a cool head and providing us with a running commentary on a country he knows so well - especially Norfolk his home county!
Sally and Angus H. June 2017
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We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists. Mary B. Sep '17
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Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.
Errol H. June 2017
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The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism. Ros & Tony S. Sep '17
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Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.
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Wife Brenda and I just completed Odyssey tour in UK entitled “Canals and Railways” led by Mal Bock. Absolutely superb, and Mal’s leadership faultless. Extremely good value considering only seven guests, superb local guides and drivers, a most comfortable coach with seating for 24. . Hotels chosen were excellent, most with real character, not places one would have chosen without local knowledge and recommendation, . My wife and I have visited the UK many times- I was born there, but we saw so many places which were new to us. Thank you Odyssey!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.
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What is the time zone for Greenland?
Greenland’s generalized time zone in Atlantic Time (AT) or UTC -4.00/-3.00. Greenland
Is tipping customary in Greenland?
If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you make sure you tip an appropriate amount for services, as is the case throughout much of Europe. In Greenland, prices are inclusive of tips and gratuities, however if you enjoyed the service, a tip or compliment will be greatly appreciated by staff. It’s polite to round a bill up to the nearest whole figure or leave the change when buying drinks.
What is the internet like?
Internet access is available and most hotels and many cafes should be able to offer it.
Can I use my mobile phone in Greenland?
Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Greenland. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.
What is the capital of Greenland?
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, was founded in 1728 and has approximately 16,800 residents.
Why is Greenland called Greenland?
Greenland got its name from Erik The Red, an Icelandic murderer who was exiled to the island. He called it “Greenland” in hopes that the name would attract settlers.
When is the best time to travel to Greenland?
June to September is considered to be the best time to visit Greenland, with long, bright, balmy days of summer and you actually see a bit of green land!
Articles about Greenland published by Odyssey Traveller:
For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.
External articles to assist you on your visit to Greenland:
Responsible travel tips for Greenland:
- Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
- Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
- Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
- When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
- Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
- Before departing, make sure you have on hand the local currency in a range of denominations. In Greenland, this is the Danish krone. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
- If sightseeing in rural areas, remember to be respectful of residents and locals.