Taken back by Greenland

Travels

Greenland is a place I have been wanting to visit for years, but in my mind it is a destination that is quite hard to travel to. For some reason it is always pushed further down the bucket list and replaced with destinations such as Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and other tropical destinations. Also the plane tickets are pretty damn expensive.

BUT, this year I was so incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to visit Greenland through work. We travelled on a Friday, got back next Thursday and were fortunate enough to have Saturday and Sunday off of work. This meant loads of sightseeing around Nuuk where my client have its headquarter.

So, even though I still have loads of Sri Lanka tales waiting to escape my pocket, and a full Barcelona trip to talk about, it is time for my Greenland adventures to be put out into the world.

We took of Friday morning and flew with Greenland Air from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq for a short layover. Big thumbs up for Greenland Air who undoubtedly had the friendliest staff I have ever experience on a plane. They were all funny, kind and loveable.

Sadly it was a cloudy day, so landing in Kangerlussuaq wasn’t as beautiful as I had hoped. The flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk was aboard a much smaller plane, which was not for my liking. But we all survived!

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37 people, that’s how many this miniature plane could fit

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By now I’ve read hundreds of airplane safety instructions, but this one I’ve never seen before

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We could a nice little glimpse of the scenery around Nuuk after we made it below the clouds.

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How funny is this?? It literally fits three suitcases

If you look at a map of Greenland it makes zero sense to have a layover in Kangerlussuaq when going to Nuuk from Copenhagen, but the runway in Nuuk simply isn’t long enough to greet the bigger planes. So as of know loads of small planes are taking people to Nuuk from Kangerlussuaq. Luckily Nuuk is working on improving their runway so that they can eventually handle bigger planes.

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A good advice, if ever in Nuuk, is to run to the taxi line as fast as you can. It gets long pretty quickly, and apparently there is only around 4 cabs in Nuuk (not actually, but that’s what it felt like when waiting 30 minutes to get a cab…).

When we finally got at cab, we were instantly struck with the beauty of Nuuk. It was a cloudy day but the colorful houses and oceanside location still managed to blow me away. Most of all it was quite different from anything else I’ve seen, except maybe from the most northern part of Norway.

We went straight from the airport to our company’s office in Nuuk where we worked a few hours. During our lunch break we were lucky enough for the fog and clouds to go away for a little, which all of a sudden showcased the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. The sight of the mountains took the beauty of the place to whole other level.

After work we went to see our apartment. We were lucky enough to stay with a Copenhagen co-worker that’s currently deployed to the Nuuk office. He stays in the penthouse apartment in the tallest building in Nuuk, much to our delight. The view was nothing short of spectacular and I had to keep pinching myself every morning to believe that what I was seeing was actually real.

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We were lucky enough to get snow on our first day, but also lucky enough that it was only our first day. Every other day we had a clear blue sky and the beautiful, but incredibly sharp,  sun

After seeing the apartment we went for a short walk around Nuuk. It. Is. So. Beautiful.

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On our first night we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. This is something I have had on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, and experiencing it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. With a cup of hot tea in my hand I spent as long as my neck and body temperature could handle staring up into the sky. Luckily we saw this natural phenomenon four out of six nights in Nuuk, so I got to enjoy it plenty.

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After the first day I already felt like I had experienced enough new things to go home and be happy about it, but so many incredible experiences were to come. Waking up the next morning and seeing the sight below was one of them.

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I woke up the first morning and screamed at my co-worker that she absolutely HAD to get up and see the view

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Bedroom-view-goals

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Still views from the apartment

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Living-room-view-goals

On our Saturday off we had planned to do some shopping around Nuuk, possibly to buy something made out of seal fur. Nuuk downtown is very small, so after two hours of, mainly window, shopping, we were done. I ended up only buying an art piece, which I was perfectly happy with.

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I bought this beautiful art piece in Nuuk

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Beautiful Nuuk. The buidlings are an interesting mix of styles. Beautiful wooden house and odd industrial building all mixed together, and for some reason it just works

After our shopping trip it was time to go sailing. An experience that deserves an entire post of its own. So does the Sunday activity of hiking, so other than a few more pictures of general Nuuk happenings, this will be it for now.

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The is the mounatain Nuuk is famous for; Sermitsiaq

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Dinner with a view!

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That calls for a Carlsberg (Tuborg)

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Living-room-view-goals – again…..

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And again

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Goodbye Greenland 😦

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You should be seriously excited for the two next posts! CRAZY beautiful pictures coming up.

//Annika

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