Hi there, am planning on a visit to Greenland in December/January 2004/05. with my husband. Perhaps a 4/5 day stay? Need info on how to get there from Europe, CHEAPEST pse, and what the best time is to go, what to do, what to see... We will be coming from a very warm sunny South Africa.. what to wear, can we rent warm outer wear, etc. Any advice, and assistance will be very gratefully receive. MUST spend 1 night in the Ice Hotel, rates too pse??? Many thanks, karin
Unfortunately, there's not really any cheap ways on getting to Greenland. Copenhagen (Denmark) is the normal point of departure - as Greenland is still technically Danish - although there aren't many flights. Some journeys will require a change in Iceland, and onward connections would only be 2 or 3 times a week, and i'm not even sure if they run all year around.
If it helps, average temp in Greenland is generally only above 0 for about 3 months a year
At that time of year, it will be fairly cold, although not that bad as a rule - average of maybe -10. You will need warm gloves, thermal underwear, hat that covers your ears, boots, thick coat etc. I would guess that you can rent appropriate clothing there, but i don't know.
As for the IceHotel, i'm not aware of one in Greenland. There is one in Quebec (and a couple of bizarre ones), but the first and most famous one is in Jukkasjärvi, near Kiruna in Northern Sweden.
look at: www.icehotel.com/english/index2.htm
It's an absolutely fantastic experience, but again, not that cheap.
If you stay there, i would strongly recommend that you only stay one night in the hotel itself, but spend a couple more nights in the on site cabins or in Kiruna, and take part in some of the other activities, such as Dogsledding, skidoo riding etc. If you do do that, check around for other operators etc - whilst the IceHotel can arrange all of them for you, they are the most expensive around.
If you want to know more/ask anything about the IceHotel etc, just ask
Neilia Sherman wrote an article on the Ice Hotel in Quebec, for those who are interested.
Though i haven't been there(wish one day i can go there), i have following information for you, hope this will be helpful to you:
Visit www.icehotel.com or www.tagkompaniet.se
Jukkasjarvi is near kiruna 16hrs by train from stockhome, sweden. or 2 hrs via sundsvall and lulvea.
for train journey visit www.sj.se
Pls note that icehotel is usually booked several months in advance.So you have to quick. Also note that it is not cheap ..rather expensive but it is a thrilling experience as i have read and seen many time in special tv programmes specially on ice hotel.
Have a nice stay.