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While it's frigid in the winter, Greenland is a magical place to visit in the summer—an otherworldly retreat where you'll feel like you've just jumped into your favorite nature documentary.
By Stefan Marolachakis
I was walking back from the bar to the hotel on my first night in Ilulissat when I heard it. Could that be? Yes, it was definitely the sound of dogs howling. First it was just one, then another, until it seemed like the entire island town had been overtaken by a chorus, and it made for the most beautiful evening stroll soundtrack I'd ever heard.
On summer nights in the tiny town on the west coast of Greenland, the weather is warm enough for the dogs to spend their nights outside. That said, the town is north of the Arctic Circle, so while the summer weather is relatively warm, it is by no means balmy—you can still expect temperatures to top off in the low 50s—but even that degree of "heat" is enough to open up all kinds of adventures you'd otherwise be unable to embark on in the winter.
This Summer: Book a boat ride around Disko Bay, where you'll weave your way around the icebergs while listening to the dull thudding sound of the glacier birthing new ones in the distance. If you're lucky, you'll even have a whale sighting or two.
Since you'll be spending the day out on the water, you'll want to bring some gloves—but, of course, ones that you won't have to remove to access your phone's camera.
Touchscreen Gloves, $22, eddiebauer.com.
This moisturizer by Kiehl's has sunscreen built into it, so it will help you combat the cold winds and the sun at the same time.
Facial Fuel SPF 15, $25, kiehls.com.
It won't hurt to have something warm to drink, and this sleek little thermos will keep your drinks piping hot for up to six hours.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Mug, $23, target.com.