tell rather little about meeting with wild animals, because
it's such a stroke of luck, but we met some during our trip.
are two species of artic foxes in Greenland: white inland foxes
whose coat turn two-coloured during summer, and blue-grey coastal
white foxes family lives in Ataa.
Visitors are fond of them. These foxes always find leftover
foofd on a piece of rock...
These lovely creatures are nevertheless preys for hunters who
are after their coat, which hang en clusters in souvenirs shops.
A pair of coastals foxes we were able to observe for a long
playing around and chasing each other.
We caught this reckless seal letting itself go on an iceberg.
Inuit hunt its kindred for the meat: they can shoot a seal's
head emerging from the water.
hopped to see whales during our journey in the Disco Bay, as
they come here each year. Not easy... Whales are able to dive
for 3/4 hour before they break surface again! Anyway we had
the chance to catch sight of one or two during our boat return
trip. It was an exciting moment - but too brief for me to take
polar bear is the biggest carnivore living on Earth nowadays.
is a true symbol of Greenland, but you can meet polar bears
only far in the north, in the artic desert region of the Pole.
You can nevertheless find it represented everywhere and in all
its forms: postcards, soft toys, T-shirts, jewels, figurines...
Another non-ticked box in my little list of dreams : to go one
day to Canada and see polar bears in the wild, during their
annual passing through Churchill...
winter, the sea freezes and it becomes possible to walk on it!
It is also the dog sled season. During summer, the dogs are
being laid off. They stay idle, chained in gardens, on every
street corner. Even if they look placid, it is extremely unwise
to try to stroke them, you could lose your hand.
others things, Greenlanders' handicraft uses parts of animals'
bodies like furs, bones, teeth, claws or horns. Some species
are protected by international laws, and only Greenlanders (Inuit)
have their hunting rights - an exception intented for their
traditional way of life preservation.
parts of the following animals' bodies is regulated: narwhale,
beluga whale, minke whale (from West Greenland), walrus and
If you wish to take home some, you need to obtain a CITES export
permit (Convention on International Trade in endangered Species
of Wild Fauna and Flora, signed by more than 150 countries),
or your souvenirs will be confiscated by customs.
parts of the following animals' bodies is strictly
forbidden: sperm whale, bowhead whale (Greenland right whale),
fin whale (also know as the Razorback), humpback whale, and
all birds of prey.