Would you dive into a half-frozen lake?

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Not for me, I think!

The thought is not one I’d considered. Now that I have given it a nano-second’s thought, it still doesn’t appeal. But Greenland insists that visitors do this sort of thing.

Consider our editor, Kaye, for a moment.

Overly fond of hot weather, despairing of British winters and anything vaguely approaching less than warm, I can’t imagine Kaye would leap into anything containing ice unless it was a drink. But then there are other advantages of holidaying in Greenland during our summer. For a start it would appeal to all those who found our recent “heatwave” too hot for them. It would also appeal to those who don’t like crowds and those who are bowled over by mother nature at her most fetching. And, as Visit Greenland says, shouldn’t holiday boundaries be pushed?

You will see glaciers, you will see towering peaks of snow and ice and you will see clear seas and fjords to rival any in Norway. And if you agree with me that diving into icy waters is off-putting then you can dive into naturally heated springs where the water temperature is 100 degrees in old money. This is on the uninhabited island of Uunartoq in the south of the country. (Why uninhabited? This sounds ideal for a spa hotel location) Here, as you float and enjoy your natural “jacuzzi,” you can watch icebergs. But if you are hardier (I’m not sure that is the right word, maybe “dafter” is the word I’m searching for) you could venture into the fjord near Ilulissat where you can swim between the ice flows.

Me? I think I would prefer the warmer heated springs, the solitude and quietness, the landscape and scenery and the thought of that wonderfully freshly caught seafood as I inwardly query the sanity of those who thought a dip amongst the ice-flows was a good idea!

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