With large populations of reindeer (caribou) and musk oxen and a rich marine life, Destination Arctic Circle is one of the best places in Greenland for spotting wildlife. In fact, the only land animal you are not likely to encounter is a polar bear, as they are not native to this region and are extremely uncommon.
Musk ox and reindeer safaris
While animals can be spotted any time you venture out into the backcountry, into the waterways, or from a scenic flight, the dedicated wildlife safaris offered by several tour operators maximise your chance to spot the animals and make the most of your encounters.
Although reindeer (caribou) are found throughout Greenland, there are very few places where musk oxen exist in large numbers – the remote and largely inaccessible North-East National Park and Kangerlussuaq. For this reason, a wildlife safari from Kangerlussuaq (available all year round) is a must-do if you wish to see these large but surprisingly nimble creatures.
As you explore the backcountry in search of musk oxen, you will also likely encounter reindeer (caribou). And if you keep a very keen eye out, you may spot arctic hare, arctic foxes, and ptarmigan, despite all of them having very effective camouflage. Remember to also look up as white-tailed sea eagles are sometimes spotted circling above.
Wildlife Safari Operators
The following companies offer wildlife safaris in the region: