HOW TO GET STARTED …
The nature of travel logistics in Greenland can make individual travel planning a challenge for some people, which is why we have put together a selection of resources to help you navigate the various elements you have to factor in, once you decide to piece together your own itinerary.
Many travelers find that it eases the challenge of combining different legs of a longer journey into one trip by working with either inbound tour operators in Greenland or outbound operators abroad.
If you want more detailed information about how to get here, how to get around, what the different destinations offer, where to sleep, and various other related practical information, we have collected the most common answers to those questions on this page.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Commercial airlines are the only way for travelers to get to Greenland, served by airports in Denmark and Iceland unless you arrive with a cruise ship.
Air Greenland operates regular flights from Copenhagen to the main international airport in Kangerlussuaq and seasonal flights to Narsarsuaq. Also seasonal flights between Keflavik in Iceland and the Greenland’s capital Nuuk and from Keflavik to Ilulissat in the Disco Bay.
Air Iceland Air Iceland flies year round from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Kulusuk in East Greenland and the capital Nuuk in West Greenland. Air Iceland also operates seasonal flights to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland, the capital Nuuk, Ilulissat in the Disko Bay and Kangerlussuaq in Destination Arctic Circle. Nordlandair from Akureyri in Iceland, also operates to Constable Point in North East Greenland.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Greenland is a rugged land and except for a few settlements and sheep farms in South Greenland there are no roads between any towns or communities.
This means that passenger-approved boats, helicopters and planes tie the country together in a web of sea and air connections operated by both large and small scale operators. Greenland’s national airline Air Greenland services all major towns and a number of settlements with domestic flights and helicopter connections year round.
Arctic Umiaq Line runs a ferry between Qaqortoq in South Greenland and Sisimiut on the Arctic Circle from April until early January with the service extending to Ilulissat in the Disko Bay from late April until Christmas.
Disko Line ferries passengers between towns and settlements in the Disko Bay area, and Maniitsoq Tour Boat connect Maniitsoq with the capital Nuuk, both on a seasonal basis. And in South Greenland Blue Ice Explorer connects a number of towns and settlements while a range of smaller charter boats are available throughout the country.
The summer is the season of the Midnight Sun and a great time to experience Greenland on both land and water. Whales swim along the shores, icebergs flow from calving glaciers, flowers and plants grow at tremendous speeds, hiking trails open up the backcountry, and boats connect the many communities along the coastline. The climate is generally mild and the weather in Greenland is often fine for long spells through this short, fiery season.
The winter – When the first frosts arrive and snow starts falling the tone of Greenland changes, and the country wraps itself in a white blanket that lasts the better part of six months. Winter is a season for dog sledding, northern lights, ski trips, and star gazing. Fjords and bays freeze over, opening up more and more winter highways the further north you travel, and the rhythm of everyday life adapts to the Polar night, which peaks at Christmas time.
HOTEL STARS IN GREENLAND
Hotels in Greenland are a part of the joint European project, Hotel Stars Union, which means they are starred by European standards.