Why I Don’t Want Greenland On Your Bucket List (*there’s a catch)


Yes, Bucket Lists were virtually invented for once-in-a-lifetime experiences like travelling to the Arctic, glacier walking on the only Ice Sheet outside of Antarctica, and sailing under the midnight sun. So it sounds odd to say I don’t want Greenland included in that. 

And, given that I dedicate my professional and personal life to showing anyone who will listen that Greenland is simply the best land in the world, it sounds VERY odd that I don’t want it on your list. 

But here’s why.

Greenland deserves so much more than a line on a Bucket List and a little square waiting to be filled in with a red check mark and then left in the dust.

Because that very check mark indicates completion and finality. It means you have been there, done that, and are ready to move on to the next item.

If Greenland has half the effect on you as it did on me the first time, then you don’t simply just move on after experiencing Greenland. You don’t just go back to ‘life as normal’ and forget all about the peace you had every morning waking to such beautiful views like the picture above, or the human compassion you felt when you asked a local for directions to your AirBnB flat and she ended up walking you the whole way there. For many of you, Greenland will be your transformational destination

Therefore, I ask you to let Greenland transcend the bucket list. Don’t go because it’s on the list. Just go.

Take your time to plan the trip; live in the moment every day you have your feet on the ground up here; go home and continue to let Greenland have a place in your thoughts; go forth and be changed by your experience.

Turns out others have this exact same thought – rightfully so! Read an interview Shannon Stowell, CEO at ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) gave to Forbes about creating a Life List instead of a Bucket List.


Is Greenland on your Bucket List?


Photo taken: 1 July 2012 in Oqaatsut, Greenland (69*N 51*W)

It amazes me how people in every corner of this world dream to visit Greenland – in Australia, in Brazil, in Serbia, the list goes on. I am currently analyzing the results for a survey/contest that Visit Greenland ran in the autumn, and people all over the world participated. There was one simple question: “Why do you want to go to Greenland?” and the winner got a trip for 2 to Greenland. So many of the responses are incredibly touching – written by people who have dreamed of visiting Greenland their entire lives!

It makes me think. Greenland was never on my radar before 19 December 2011… not even slightly. But all it took was watching this short video for me to see instantly that Greenland was everything I never knew I wanted. It was more than just thinking it was beautiful nature or cool music – it was a feeling that this was my calling!

So for those of you who have Greenland on the “Bucket List” – and also for those of you who don’t – I do sincerely hope you get there one day because it is simply the MOST magical place on Earth, and it just might change your life!

If any of you care to share why you dream of Greenland, please feel free to comment below 🙂