It’s a land of brightly coloured villages clustered on wild rocky outcrops, iceberg-strewn bays and seemingly endless fjords. There’s exotic wildlife, epic glaciers and a proud Inuit culture. And the permanent sheet ice covering much of its territory makes dog sleds a popular mode of transport. Little wonder Donald Trump had his eye on Greenland.
Yet beyond the geopolitical wrangling, this autonomous Danish territory has serious pulling power for the adventure-minded traveller. The most sparsely populated country in the world, it’s a destination for those who wish to embrace endless expanses of ocean and the vast Arctic sky. Difficult-to-pronounce villages such as Ittoqqortoormiit and Uummannaq are a photographer’s playground, thanks to the contrast of the rainbow-hued houses against the dramatic snow-covered backdrops.
It’s a place for all seasons but summer is the best time to see humpback whales frolicking in the bays, while the magic of midnight light sparks 24-hour fun in the capital, Nuuk. Winter is for the pursuit of the Northern Lights, dog sledding and glacier hiking on the other-worldly blue ice. If it feels like the edge of the world, well, that’s because it is.