Located just northeast of the North American continent, Greenland is the world’s largest island and also home to the second largest ice sheet on Earth (after Antarctica). Composed of massive fjords, a 2,000-metre (6,600-foot) high glacier and various mountain ranges, the Danish autonomous territory boasts plenty of incredible treks and climbs for experienced outdoor adventurers.
Famous Mountains in Greenland
The Greenland Icecap sits over the centre of Greenland and is ringed by several mountain ranges. That makes the centre of the massive island the most popular place for climbing and trekking expeditions.
Crossing the ice cap and venturing onto the ice cap to make smaller circuits during the short summer is a particularly popular option, with many adventurers opting to spend two weeks exploring the massive ice sheet.
Other popular expeditions in Greenland are:
- Gunnbjørn Fjeld
- Mont Forel
- Ejnar Mikkelsen Fjeld
- Greenland Ice Cap high point
- Arctic Circle trek
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Quick Facts about Greenland
- At 3,694 metres (12,119 feet) in elevation, Gunnbjørn Fjeld is the highest mountain in Greenland and also the tallest peak located above the Arctic Circle.
- Northeast Greenland National Park occupies the entire northeastern quarter of the island. Home to mountains, fjords and a huge portion of the ice cap, it is the world’s largest national park.
- With a permanent population of about 55,000, Greenland is the least densely populated territory on Earth (besides Antarctica).
How To Get To Greenland
Any trip to Greenland will begin with a flight into Iceland’s Reykjavik Airport (RKV) or Greenland’s Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ). Most guides will opt to meet at one of these points and arrange transport to the start of the trek or climb.
What To Expect in Greenland
Weather: During the summer, average daily temperatures on the Icecap can get up to 10 ºC (50 ºF), although with windchill and in more northern areas, these temperatures often feel much colder. Greenland is generally very dry, especially during the summer.
Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: June to August
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
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