For many people I spoke to prior to my journey to Greenland, they had no idea what type of country I was travelling to. After some research and positive feedback from a friend who had been last year, I knew I was in for a treat: off the grid and in the middle of nowhere.

The beauty of nature's creations from above. Icebergs are my new favourite thing. @ilovegreenland #greenlandpioneer

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Travelling with the tourism board, I sea kayaked and hiked for a week around Southern Greenland flying into Narsarsuaq, an American air base used in WW2. Kayaking on the Sermilik Fjord amongst massive icebergs was a truly awe inspiring experience and has made me want to kayak more in Scotland for sure!

 

We also travelled to some of the larger populated areas, including Narsaq (1,300 people) and the biggest town in the South of Greeenland, Qaqortoq (3,100 people), seeing the new UNESCO world heritage site at Hvalsey as well as meeting the local Innuit people. Local seal hunters and the sheep farmers told us of their incredible stories and it was a great portal into a completely different way of life compared to western Europe.

Being off the grid and away from my phone was a great way to re-charge the batteries. Seeing such happy Greenlandic people with a limited amount of gadgets and technology made me realise just how necessary it is to appreciate nature, go outside and enjoy the fresh air and views around us. If you ever get the chance to go to Greenland, grab it!

Ali