Disko Bay: Greenland’s Jewel

Disko Bay Greenland

A remote and beautiful part of the world, Disko bay is a haven for those who want to see unspoiled landscapes and artic wildlife.

Most people come to Greenland to immerse themselves in the wilderness and explore the native wildlife. There are many different ways this can be done, and you are sure to enjoy a unique experience. 

Imagine vast glacial landscapes dotted with the brightly coloured houses of the small Inuit villages - This is Disko Bay. 

Although remote, Disks Bay is well worth visiting for adventure lovers who want to experience something unique and wild. Here are some of the best things to do in Disko Bay.

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Best Things To Do In Disko Bay

Wildlife Viewing

Greenland is home to certain types of wildlife that are rarely seen anywhere else on earth. 

Taking a wildlife tour in Disko Bay gives you the opportunity to see walrus, narwhal and beluga and bowhead whale all of which call this place home year-round. You may even see fin, humpback and minke whales depending on what time of the year you visit.

On land there are the polar bears, muskoxen, caribou and the elusive artic wolves and foxes. Make sure to bring good binoculars!

Dog Sledding

Disko bay is one of the top places in Greenland to enjoy a dog sledding trip.  

Short or longer-term trips are available depending on what you are wanting to do. Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the ice and learn how the dogs are looked after and their essential role to the local people living in Greenland.  

It is also a unique way to see the snowy landscape as you venture to parts of the area you would otherwise be unable to reach. You might even spot polar bears and arctic foxes if you're lucky!

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Visit Ilulissat

The third largest town in Greenland, Ilulissat (meaning iceberg) is a wonderful place to visit. Don’t expect a large settlement though as there are only just over 4000 residents living here.

You can explore the museums and restaurants and get to know more about the traditional and modern way of life in Greenland. It is also a great place to stay if you want to explore more of the surrounding area.  

See The Northern Lights

If you visit during the winter, you'll have the chance to witness the majestic Northern Lights - assuming the conditions are right! 

Being within the Arctic circle means you are in the right place to see such a wonderful natural phenomenon. As there is little light pollution here, as long as you have dark, clear skies, there is a good chance of seeing the lights from your cruise ship or onshore. 

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How To Get To Disko Bay

The best way to travel to Disko Bay is by cruise ship. That way you get to see many different places and explore thoroughly during your trip. 

There are also direct flights to Ilulissat via Reykjavík in Iceland or Copenhagen in Denmark. It is not a cheap place to visit however and prices can soon mount up. 

Booking a package holiday or tour such as a cruise is a good idea to keep the costs down and to know exactly what you have included in the price.   

Best Time To Visit Disko Bay

Depending on what you are planning on seeing and doing here will dictate the best time of year for you to attend. Some wildlife you are able to see at any time of the year whilst migrating species can only be seen at certain times of the year. 

October to November is peak whale watching season with the most species being within viewing range at this time. June to September is great if you want to visit when there is some land to hike on as the snow is thawing and the grazing animals such as caribou can be encountered up close. 

If you want to see the northern lights, then you should visit in winter between September to April when the nights are at their longest and darkest. 

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What Will You Do?

A visit to Disko Bay is indeed a unique and exciting adventure to undertake and there are many different things to choose from.

So, whether it’s the traditional way of life you want to witness or a chance to spot some of the rare and wonderful wildlife that call this place home, a trip to Disko Bay will be an unforgettable experience. 


If you have any queries or questions regarding Disko Bay, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.

Thank you and happy travels!

Expedition Cruise Team

About the Author Burnham Arlidge

Burnham started his career as a professional tennis player before retiring due to injury. Since then Burnham has thrown himself into adventure travel. He has cruised to some of the most iconic and obscure parts of the planet.

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