Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is a special place for whale-watching! Every spring, a number of Humpback whales make the long journey from the Caribbean purely to feed in the pristine waters of Nuuk Fjord for the summertime! With any luck, you will capture a memory for a lifetime like this one:
Whale outside Qinngorput neighborhood of Nuuk. Photo credit: Aqqa Rosing-Asvid via greenland_com flickr page.
Sailing alongside these majestic giants and capturing them on camera is an adrenaline rush, whether you have seen it one or one hundred times. Now, the local municipality (Sermersooq) and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources have teamed up to get you even more involved in the action.
With this Tell a Tail Fluke Catalogue, you can actually discover exactly which Humpback whale you just spotted! And, if you happen to catch a good shot of the tail’s underside, send it to the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources to help with their research on the whales’ migration patterns.
If you can only do five things in Greenland, make it the Big Arctic Five! They are tried and true – every single memorable experience I have had in Greenland includes some combination of these essential elements!
Meet Pioneering People – At the center of everything are the people who live in and love this country!
Experience Ice and Snow with all 5 senses – Be it glaciers, floating icebergs, or the massive Ice Sheet, you are never far from this element!
Traverse landscape via Dogsled – Thanks to the Greenlandic Dog, who lives to run/pull a sled, you can get to places you could never dream of reaching on foot.
Gaze at the Northern Lights – Sunlight may be fleeting in wintertime, but the sky is far from dark. Watch the sky come alive as a vision of green and purple!
Go Whale-watching – Spot these majestic summer visitors during a sailing tour or maybe even from the comfort of your own balcony!
Also, stay tuned for upcoming posts about my personal experiences with each of the Big Arctic Five! Just select “Big Arctic Five” in the Category menu on the Home page!
We unexpectedly got the boat on the Sunday after the God Tur party because the others who co-own the boat came home from hunting early. So we headed north into Godthåbsfjord to do some fishing, and Pia casually said, “It would be nice to see a whale…” and then all of a sudden, literally just moments later, Ulrik says, “There’s a whale!!” We thought he was joking, but he wasn’t! So then we detoured from fishing and went whale watching! We followed it for probably close to an hour and got quite close to it. I kept just missing a good tail fluke shot, so I kept saying, “One more time, one more time!” I finally got the shot I wanted which makes me happy! And this was the best whale sighting I had had in my time here! I think it was actually only the sixth time in eighteen weeks that I had seen a whale… twice in the Colonial Harbor from a pretty far distance while I was at work, once from the balcony in Qinngorput from a very far distance, once in Ilulissat from a pretty close distance, once on the Sarfaq Ittuk ferry near Aasiaat from a pretty far distance, and this time – a close distance! So yeah, this was the best whale experience I had in Greenland, and it was just in the nick of time!!