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Sep 24th 2010 8:31AM Your comment about respect is totally true, and that is what we need, to live in peace around our planet.
I moved to Greenland from a "developed" country 12 years ago. Think of all this fuss about pollution and CO2 and whatever.
If you go a little further up north in Greenland, it's totally impossible to grow and vegebales or raise cows and chicken. Seals are abundant in the waters, and we see a lot of whales which are hunt on quota. Frozen meat in the supermarket is shipped up from Europe on ships that spew pollution into our pristine waters and emit a lot of CO2 on the way.
Traditional meat is not wasted, every bodypart is used, and up north where we have sleddogs, any leftovers, either chicken or whale, are fed to the dogs. It's always best to integrate the tradional way of living with modern life.
Sep 14th 2010 12:10PM Hello. I work at Air Greenland, and just happened to come across your article today. I used to travel a lot before I got "stuck" in this beautiful country. Your description of the country is just as I see it, and exactly the reason I fell in love with this place. Together with the fascinating culture that is still alive in some of the more remote places in this remote country, I'm really happy to be here.
One piece of information that I would like to add is - Air Greenland is making efforts to bring the price down, and prices have come down considerably during the past several years. But to travel at these "better" prices, you have to book early. Right now I can see prices available for booking on our homepage, at about half the price that is mentioned in the article.
If you come here during the summer high season, and if you are a seasoned traveller who likes to meet local people, change plans as you travel, book the next leg of your trip as you go (I used to do that...) then travelling around Greenland can be really expensive. The trick is to select an area where you want to explore, as Andrew writes above, and book your flights while the lowest prices are still available. The locals know how to travel cheaper, so you're in competition with them to grab the best deals. (If you're thinking seriously about coming over, sign up for a newsletter and you'll get information on cheap offers.)
Booking directly at the homepage gives you cheapest prices. If you do that you'll need a local contact to prepare for your trip. At www.greenland.com there are lists of local tourists offices, so contact a couple of them and pick the one of your choice.
A week-long dogsled trip with a Inuit hunter, living with him just like the Arctic people have been doing for centuries (well, the hunter might carry a GPS, but the fur clothes are just as warm as 200 years ago). Northern lights waving across the dark sky, just a few minutes' walk out from town. Walking endlessly under the midnight sun, with flowers blooming and the occasional rumble of icebergs breaking up. Fishing for Arctic char in a location where maybe no one else has fished ever before. Kayaking... skiing ... just sitting in the sun, watching icebergs float by --- I can go on like this forever. Come and see for yourself. And remember to book early, it can make a big difference.