I’m reading a lot of buzz about “undiscovered” destinations beyond the well-known gay villages or tourism hotspots in urban places. Getting off the beaten track of NY and London maybe means giving the Yukon or Greenland a go.This remote self-governing territory of Denmark (yes, Greenland has legal gay civil unions like its motherland) is a landmass of untouched ecosystems …and it is listed on the Top 10 Gay Adventures of a Lifetime! (See full list on outtraveler.com)
According to Charlie David, Canadian co-host of the American TV series “Bump,”there are places in Greenland that are strongly advocating that gay and lesbian tourists come visit here. Hmm, anyone for dog sledding and a completely different experience?
Exploring the Fjords of Greenland
The Adventure: With just over 56,000 inhabitants, travelers do not head to Greenland for the city life. This remote self-governing territory of Denmark (yes, Greenland has legal gay civil unions like its motherland) is a landmass of untouched ecosystems teeming with walrus, whales, reindeer, musk oxen, white foxes, falcons, rabbits, and of course unruly polar bears. On the dramatic eastern coast of the island lies the tongue-twistingly named village of Ittoqqortoormiit (population 550, Greenland’s third biggest town), center of the world’s largest fjord system that encompasses over 23,000 square miles. Cruises on 100-passenger ships offer cozy cabins, lectures, good food, zodiac rafting expeditions to stunning rock mountains rising 5,000 feet out of the water, and more icebergs than you can shake a parka at. Tip: Don’t fly to Greenland itself, which can be expensive and iffy weather-wise, but grab a cruise leaving from Iceland—a cheaper and gayer way to go, since you can drink at Reykjavik’s queer bars before heading north. When to Go: The sun doesn’t rise above the horizon from about November 23 to January 17, so July and August are when the flowers bloom, but be warned—temperatures still hover around 45 degrees in summer.
For more information on other undiscovered Gay and Lesbian welcoming destinations and adventures – like the Australian Outback – please contact the Rainbow Concierge.