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A year-round destination for the truly hardy, Greenland's peak season comes each summer as the snow and ice recede from throughout the fjords and interior mountains. Don't overlook the May and September shoulder seasons for slimmer crowds, cheaper fares, and some surprisingly mild weather.  
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Encrusted in a mantle of ice throughout most of the year, some of the tallest icebergs in Greenland tower as high as a 15-story building. South Greenland offers the most accessible iceberg viewing for tourists; the ice-caked fjords of west Greenland near the settlements of Ilulissat and Uummannaq are even more impressive.  
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Derived from the Inuit word 'qajaq,' oceangoing kayaks have been used in Greenland's waters for thousands of years. Discover Greenland's breathtaking scenery and ancient hunter-gatherer traditions from the comfort of one of these sleek craft. Local outfitters offer equipment rentals and guided tours.  
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The coastal towns of Kulusuk, Tasiilaq, and Ittoqqortoormiit are the gateways to the half-million-square-mile expanse of east Greenland, home to the world's largest national park, wildlife including musk oxen, polar bears, and wolves, and dramatic granite peaks that sheer dramatically from near sea level to over 6,000 feet.  
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Welcome to the true land of the midnight sun. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set from the end of May until the end of July. Farther south, evenings stay light until well past midnight, although the sun does eventually set, for a few hours at a time.  
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Some 60,000 people call Greenland home, living in 18 towns scattered mostly along the coastline of the southern and western parts of the country. Tasiilaq (pictured) is the largest town in east Greenland, perched in a fjord flanked by high mountains and ice floes.  
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A traditional mode of transport for Inuit fishermen and hunters, today dogsledding is a popular recreational activity for visitors to Greenland. The best months for dogsledding tours are February through April.  
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The northern lights—aurora borealis—illuminate the night sky over Nuuk in southwest Greenland. Present throughout the year but invisible in summer on account of the sunlit nights, the best time to see this phenomenon is at around midnight from September to the beginning of April.  
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Fifteen species of whales frequent the chilly waters surrounding Greenland, three of which remain year-round (beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales). Summer visitors include humpback, minke, and fin whales, plus harder-to-spot blue whales and orcas. The west coast towns of Nuuk, Aasiaat, and Qeqertarsuaq are all good places to scan for humpback whales as they hunt for fish, squid, and krill.  
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Located on the west coast of Greenland, Ilulissat Icefjord was designated as a World Heritage site in 2004. Beyond its unquestionable natural beauty, the ice here is the center of massive international media attention as the symbol of the very real effects of global warming. The glacier that feeds the fjord has already receded nine miles since Ilulissat's UNESCO invocation.  
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Carve new frontiers on Greenland's miles of untrammeled ski terrain, whether it's on skinny skis across miles of groomed and ungroomed cross-country trails, via heli-skiing outfits that depart from Maniitsoq and Uummannaq, or in high summer at the Apussuit Adventure Camp, which sits on top of a glacier.  
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Soaring granite peaks, Arctic tundra, sprawling icefields, spectacular wildlife, shimmering fjords, quiet alpine lakes... Greenland is truly an adventurer's paradise. Get there via Air Greenland from Copenhagen (4.5 hours), Air Iceland from Reykjavik (two hours), or even aboard a cruise direct from Canadian and U.S. ports.  
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