GREEN­LAND

WHY IT’S HOT: WITH ICE­LAND SEE­ING 2.2 MIL­LION VIS­I­TORS PER YEAR (6.5 TIMES ITS POP­U­LA­TION), WE NEED AN ICY AL­TER­NA­TIVE.

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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.

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