WHY IT’S HOT: WITH ICELAND SEEING 2.2 MILLION VISITORS PER YEAR (6.5 TIMES ITS POPULATION), WE NEED AN ICY ALTERNATIVE.
We say: Barely 70,000 visitors arrive in Greenland each year, with a good chunk of those just stepping off the cruise ships to stretch their legs. Consequently, it doesn’t take much to find peace in the least densely populated place on Earth. So, whether it’s out among the calving glaciers and ’bergs of Disko Bay or mushing a pack of huskies into the planet’s largest national park, be sure to enjoy some alone time here.
With a wealth of new tours launching in Greenland in 2019 and opening up its little-trod nooks, it’s easier to visit than ever. Yet even on the more accessible western coast, it isn’t short of isolated adventures. From the lonely tundra you’ll find along the 164km Arctic Circle Trail to trekking on the world’s second-largest ice cap, there’s solitude aplenty.
In the south, it’s even better. There’s incredible hiking and kayaking around the glacial coast, while to the east lies the remote Ammassalik area (see p28), where fewer than 3,000 people live in a region about the size of the UK. Here, dog-sledding trips and boats heading north reveal a frozen wilderness of Thule settlement ruins and grazing musk-oxen. Breathtaking.
Don’t miss: Between November and April, Greenland’s dark skies reveal some incredible aurora sightings, best viewed in the wild on an overnight sled trip.