Solo Travelling in Greenland: An Exploration

Solo travel surely has to be one of the great joys not just of travelling, but perhaps even of living itself. This might be because solo travel is one of the greatest ways to strive towards that ultimate goal of self-actualisation.  You may never reach the end, the top of Maslow’s pyramid, but it’s all about the journey after all, right?

A daunting prospect for many, solo travel means stepping out of your comfort zone in to something. What, exactly? Something relatively unknown. You step into a journey without knowing exactly where the end is. It can be a mixed package, but the upside is often wonderful. Far from being alone the whole time,  you will end up meeting people from all over the world, many of them will be solo travellers much like yourself. These will be friends that you keep with you for years to come. Ironically, travelling accompanied might be more lonely than solo travel!

Your friends and family may tell you that you’re crazy, but it is nowhere near as crazy as it sounds. After all, if you can’t  be on your own and at peace with yourself, how could you possibly be with others? 

What do you want to get out of your solo travel? If the answer is that you want to:

  1. Unplug from the constant stream of notifications that seems to take up a bigger and bigger chunk of everyday life
  2. Experience nature and wilderness
  3. Willingness to camp in a wilderness area
  4. Willingness to bath in glacial streams
  5. Desire to feel tiny in a vast, incomprehensibly massive landscape

If “yes” was firing everywhere, then it is safe to say that solo travel in Greenland is for you! Lynn, a solo traveller that came with us on the Icefjord and remote villages trip, had this to say:

Photo: Mads Pihl

In Greenland in particular, once you are away from the villages, you have a chance to truly unplug and experience your surroundings. I enjoy having the opportunity to put down the phone, put away the camera, and just enjoy the wilderness.

Lynn Brinkley

In a world where it seems almost impossible to escape an overpowering human presence, there are places where you experience just how small you really are; imagine standing next to a giant iceberg, like, the size of a very large, multi-story building. Ice that just goes on and on and on and on on a glacier not yet calved; towering peaks that humble you to the core. Travel, and solo travel in Greenland, promises all of this and more.

Greenland Adventures offers a great range of self-guided tours, perfect for the solo traveller! These take care of all of the logistics and allow you to explore at your own pace. How is a self-guided tour different from a guided tour? Check out this blog post!

Whenever and whatever you do: dare to go solo. Dare to go to Greenland!

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