Exploration in solidarity lands



The Context

Greenland is an autonomous island belonging to Denmark, with an area of 2.166 million square kilometers and a population of 56,421 inhabitants, 87% of whom are Inuit, an indigenous community. Although the country ranks 64th out of 188 on the UN Human Development Index and guarantees a decent standard of living for its entire population, living conditions are difficult, especially due to the harsh climate. Moreover, the isolation that the communities grouped in small villages along the coast can feel, the economic and social crisis caused by the lack of alternative to the traditional activities of hunting and fishing, as well as the identity crisis due to the great gap between the traditional culture and the new cultures, lead to a rural exodus, especially towards Nuuk, the capital.

Economically, only the traditional activities of hunting and fishing are profitable. Tourism is struggling to develop because of the lack of infrastructure, the low development of transportation and its high cost, as well as the short season to welcome travelers. However, this could represent an interesting opportunity for the communities, as a complement to their traditional activities. It would also allow a decrease in the rural exodus.

Unfortunately, the tourism offer as it is currently conceived does not allow local communities to benefit from the financial spin-offs it generates. The development of a tourism that is more respectful of the environment and cultures would allow the communities to fully appropriate this source of income while proudly perpetuating their culture. Indeed, Greenland is a country of striking contrast between the old and the new, and Greenlanders have this desire to belong to the modern world while keeping their history alive through their culture.


  • The west coast of Greenland is a confusing destination full of contrasts where tradition and modernity are equally present. Tourism has many facets and does not always allow for authentic contacts with the local population, especially the Inuit. Moreover, the road network is not very developed and the displacements are done mainly by plane or by boat, which does not facilitate the arrival of travelers and the discovery of the country. The arrival is done in Kangerlussuaq, a village created from scratch by the Americans at the time of the 2nd World War with the construction of an airport. Still today, all the flights transit there. However, the village is struggling to develop, since it lives mainly from the passage of travelers and adventure tourists, being the starting or arrival point of expeditions on the ice cap. The Southwest of the island has many villages, often composed of only a few houses or farms, isolated and difficult to access, especially in winter. It is in this region where the contact with the local population, happy to share their way of life and their culture, is the most authentic. In the North, the small town of Ilulissat, famous for its numerous icebergs and its breathtaking landscapes, is the tourist destination par excellence. Many hotels have developed, but this city has another face, which allows to discover and share the local life. It is a fishing village that offers travelers in search of authenticity unforgettable experiences away from conventional tourism.  
  • 8 accommodations / 24 experiences
  • New partnerships with local agencies Albatros Arctic Circle, Blue Ice Explorer, Sikuaput

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