An autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, the huge
island of Greenland lies to the north east of North America. In
recent years this country has opened up to tourism, with several
companies offering Greenland cruises.
Small communities of indigenous people can be found by the
water's edge, whose prosperity has relied on fishing, hunting and
small-scale farming, but with a tiny population of about 60,000
this is the least densely populated country in the world. Greenland
cruises tend to focus on Disko Bay and the south and southwest, and
most cruises start in Kangerlussuaq, which is usually reached by a
specially chartered flight.
Sometimes expedition cruise lines will schedule a one-off
Northwest Passage cruise from Greenland during the warmest summer
months, aiming to find a route through the moving pack-ice to the
Pacific Ocean and northern Alaska. This extraordinary journey is
particularly exciting because you can never be completely sure the
journey will be successful. Cruise ships monitor the ice - which
can change its patterns daily - closely, and can call upon
ice-breakers to help them through the passage.