Q – Our 16-year old son will be joining us on our annual summer break vacation. We’re fairly well-traveled and when we asked him where he really wanted to go, he responded that he would love to visit “somewhere that will help me see and understand the effects of climate change on the planet.” That’s a tough order so we thought we would seek your input. We have a fairly open budget but would like to keep the total trip under $60,000. We are all fit and active travelers and hiking does not put us off at all.
A – We think you should consider the world’s largest island which happens to be covered in ice over 80% of its surface. Given that, no country on earth is more instructive regarding the effects of climate change than Greenland. Consider hiking a bit of the 100-mile Arctic Circle Trail. Go whale watching in Disko Bay and the magnificent Eqi Glacier via boat with a naturalist. If your dates are flexible, try to time your trip with the June 21st celebration of Greenland’s National Day. It will add a sense of place to your travels. You may want to add a few days in Iceland but we think that Greenland is the destination best suited for your goals. We all wish your son the best of luck.