Greenland Travel Guide

Although Greenland isn’t a cheap place to visit, only a few places combine such raw power of nature, such clarity of light, and such magnificent scenery. Vast swaths of unfenced and beautiful wilderness give travelers’ unique freedom to wander at will, whether by dogsled, by ski, or on foot. With almost no roads, transportation on this island is expensive, but splurging on boat rides and a helicopter is worth the money. Also, Greenland offers charmingly uncommercialized but world-beating opportunities for salmon fishing, rock climbing, and sea kayaking. Here are the top attractions in Greenland.

The Southern Fjords

For the less active, it is easy to put your head in the crocodile’s mouth by just cruising down one of Greenland’s southernmost fjords. Climbers rate the rock faces of peaks like The Baroness, Ulamertorsuaq (Uli), and Uiluit Qaaqa (Ketil) as among the finest challenges in the world. Most visits start from the delightful village of Nanortalik which features an old town area preserved as a picturesque living museum.

Ilulissat Kangerlua

Ilulissat Kangerlua is Greenland’s greatest tourist attraction. This berg-packed bay is fed by 3mi (5km) wide and 3608ft (1100m) thick glacier Sermeq Kujalleq. This glacier flows an average of 82ft (25m) daily and is the most prolific in the world outside Antarctica. The mouth of the bay is filled with bergs the size of whole towns or apartment blocks. There is no sight more astonishing than gazing on these giants and listening to the thunderclap roars they emit when they explode or fissure in the summer sun’s warmth.

Paamiut Museum

The Paamiut Museum makes up a circle of 5 historic timber and stone buildings around a turf-ringed former wellhouse. The residence of the former governor contains the tourist office and the main exhibition hall. The old trading post has a geological collection, a cooperage, and bubble-tar doors. The whaling exhibits downstairs include a rare sealskin diving suit which is a reproduction of an original that was sold in 1913.

Greenland National Museum

The well-presented and spacious Greenland National Museum is located in an extended warehouse. Its better exhibits include a section of social change from the 1950s and a geological room showing that the oldest rocks in the world come from the Nuuk region. However, the mummy room is an unmissable climax. Here a spooky 6-month-old child and mummified fifteenth-century women stare out from their display cases. Their kamiks (traditional boots) and fur clothes are intricately embroidered and sewn, but it still uncertain their cause of death.

With an amazing network of hostels, hotels, and tourist offices, Greenland is no more exclusive to passengers of cruise-ship. Whichever way you choose to travel, it is smart to schedule a safety margin for the unpredictable weather here.

Bora Bora Travel Guide

A vacation in Bora Bora can fill your photo album with its natural beauty, from its soaring volcanic peaks to its lush greenery to its famous beaches. Unsurprisingly, Bora Bora is a honeymooners’ choice with its dreamlike setting. But there is more to do than just clinking glasses in a luxurious hotel with your loved one.  This Island allows visitors to mix action-packed adventures with slow-paced sand-and-sun holidays. Parasailing, hiking, lagoon tours, snorkeling, and diving are readily available. Here are the top things to do in Bora Bora.

Vaitape

Vaitape is the main settlement on the island. While it may not be the most evocative town, it’s a good place to take care of your banking needs, do some shopping, and get a feel of how the locals live. On Sunday morning, Vaitape is at its liveliest as several food stalls selling delicacies like firifiri (doughnuts) and pahua taioro (a marinated seawater sauce) take position along the road.

Coastal Defense Guns

During World War II, Faanui Bay was the US military base site. At the bay’s southwestern end, a steep and sometimes muddy track climbs to an old radar station complete with two defense guns that were installed by American troops during WWII. There are breathtaking views of the motu and the lagoon from the site of the Coastal Defense Guns. These vestiges are quite difficult to find as there are no signs, so it is always smart to join an island tour.

Matae Fare-Opu

There are just a handful of traditional temples (marae) ruins on this island, including Marae Fare-Opu, which is a temple squeezed between the water’s edge and the roadside. Two of the slabs are marked clearly with the turtle vestige seen engraved in stones at many other sites in Bora Bora.

Matira Beach

Matira Beach is the only real beach on this island. This stretch of turquoise sea and snow0white sand is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. This beach graces Matira Point on both sides – the narrow peninsula extends into the lagoon.

Motu Fanfan

Motu Fanfan is an idyllic spot with superb coral gardens and a lovely strip of sand. This spot is privately owned, so you will need permission to gain access.

Musee de la Marine

The private and small Musee de la Marine features a collection of ships made by Bertrand Darasse, an architect. The opening hours at this place are a bit haphazard, so you might need to call ahead.