Discover the sea giants close up on sailing trips in the icy fjords
For those of you offering whale watching trips, we have gathered a collective film, visual and text material that in their own way show how you can experience the giants of the sea in Greenland.
First, through a 2 minute film where you see how close you can get to the whales as a tourist, then through a series of photos with beautiful images taken from the air, as well as from a boat or even underwater. Finally, you can use or find inspiration from the descriptive text at the bottom of the page.
Also download the whale icon and show that you are a supplier of one of the Big Arctic Five experiences – whales.
THE BIG ARCTIC FIVE-FILM ABOUT WHALES
THE BIG ARCTIC FIVE PICTURES ABOUT WHALES
To sail in Greenland is in itself a great experience and it becomes even greater when a whale appears right next to the boat. Humpback, fin and minke whales can be seen along most coastlines and often the whales swim quite close to towns and settlements.
Particularly in the summer months there are lot of whales, but even in winter you can sometimes be lucky enough to encounter whales wintering.
“The first day, whales! It was incredible, unbelievable! And so close to the boat! The whales were definitely the highpoint for me!” – Sheila Johnson, 2012.
The majority of Danes have never seen a whale and most maybe never will. Therefore, it is no coincidence that many first encounters with whales often take place on a trip to Greenland. The sea around the world’s largest island is ideal for whales, because it contains plenty of nutrition, food and offers great depths that whales can frolic in.
Particularly in the summer months there are a lot of whales and often you may be lucky to see them from the shore when certain species, such as humpback whales, often go close to the shore in search of food.
Qeqertarsuaq, located on Disko Island, is a well-known spot, especially for playful humpback whales in high summer, and many Greenland Whales also visit the site a little earlier the year – typically from May to June. However, the towns of Uummannaq, Aasiaat, Maniitsoq, Nuuk and Sisimiut, and the towns in South and East Greenland are also other places to visit when it comes to the sea’s largest mammals.
And if you sail with the coastal ship from Arctic Umiaq Line, the regional routes from Disko Line or a cruise with, for example, Hurtigruten, you can almost be sure to see whales during the voyage. It’s about keeping a look out and going on deck several times a day. Then there will be a high chance of success.
One’s first encounter with a whale is unforgettable and if you are lucky enough to be able to follow the whale for a while, you must remember to lower your camera sometimes and also enjoy the view with your naked eyes. It is such a shame if you see most of it through a lens or the screen on the camera, because the memory of the meeting must be fixed for posterity.