The vast open landscape of Greenland offers everything from Arctic deep-sea fishing and scenic hiking to incredible cruises along the famously gorgeous fjords — perfect for the outdoorsy family. The country’s traditional culture and quaint lifestyle is an untouched gem and a prime destination for tourists looking to get away, get some culture and bask in the great outdoors.
The incredibly unique landscape offers unending adventure for active families while being a bit lower on tourists’ radar than its more popular neighbor, Iceland — Greenland still offers an affordable getaway with a laundry list of scenic activities.
Scope out the country’s sweeping beauty and vast wildlife on daytrips, stay in quaint towns, shop, dine and experience epic glaciers on a tour. Stay at the Igdlo Guesthouse, conveniently located on the southwestern coast for around $90–115 a night. Talk to the hotel manager about renting a car and planning the rest of your trip, or opt for Hotel Avannaa’s balcony views of the sea for about $117 a night. Chat with locals and get the inside scoop on tours and events, but be sure to check out the ghost towns scattered along the coast.
With so much wide open land, Greenland’s population tends to be pretty spread out. The Greenland Ice Sheet covers a large portion of the country, forcing most Greenlanders to settle on the coast. With much of the population relying heavily on fish markets and food supply for income, citizens tend to move where the money is and as water temperatures drop and shift, fish move along the coastline, bringing Greenlanders with them.
Whole populations of workers tend to pick up and move to where the fish are, leaving real-life ghost towns with incredibly low populaces along the coast. Explore famously abandoned towns Qoornoq and Kangeq, visiting the washed-out towns peppered with dilapidated homes. Trek over the hillside cottages and once-active establishments including a now rundown train station.
The summer months tend to bring some activity, but, for the most part, these settlements are completely empty. Rent a car and explore the surrounding vistas and almost completely open roads.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.