VISITING GREENLAND?

HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

There are two main airlines that travel to Greenland

From Denmark

The Greenlandic airline Air Greenland flies all year around from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq in West Greenland and to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland in summer time.

In the winter period there are four flights a week to Kangerlussuaq and up to ten flights a week in the summer. Narsarsuaq is served up to twice a week during the summer. The flight time to both destinations is just 4.5 hours.

Air Greenland, which operates mainly from Copenhagen to the main international airport in Kangerlussuaq. Also offers seasonal flights between Keflavik in Iceland and Nuuk and from Keflavik to Ilulissat.Icelandair/Air Iceland operates flights from Reykiavik or Keflavic in Iceland to a few airports in Greenland like Kulusuk and Nuuk. And offers seasonal flights to Ilulissat and the main airport Kangerlussuaq.These companies don’t offer direct flights to and from the United States or Canada although you can book flights with connection in Denmark or Iceland.

From Iceland

Air Greenland flies from the international airport in Keflavik to the capital, Nuuk, all year round, and from Keflavik to Ilulissat from March to October.

Furthermore, the Icelandic airline Icelandair (Air Iceland Connect and Icelandair united as Icelandair in March 2021) has a service all year round from Reykjavik to Kulusuk and Nerlerit Inaat on Greenland’s east coast. Kulusuk is served twice a week in the winter season and every day during the summer. This is a very common travel route to East Greenland. Nuuk is served twice a week whole year round.

During the summer period Icelandair also flies to Narsarsuaq and Ilulissat several times a week, and to Nuuk from two to four times a week and to Kangerlussuaq. Icelandair also operates the route to Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat in the wintertime. The flight time to Kulusuk and Narsarsuaq is two – three hours from Reykjavik.

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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 several 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, South Greenland, West Greenland and the capital area. Nuuk Water Taxi and Maniitsoq Tour Boat connect Maniitsoq with the capital Nuuk, both on a seasonal basis. And in South Greenland Blue Ice Explorer connects several towns and settlements, while a range of smaller charter boats are available throughout the country.

WHEN TO GET THERE?

SUMMER

The summer in Greenland is short, sunny, and full of experiences. During the summer months, the temperature is pleasant, and the sun is in the sky 24 hours a day. You can explore historic sites, enjoy the wonderful midnight sun, and even see the impressive whales!

During this time the city is buzzing with life and great mood. The children have summer holidays, and many locals use the good weather to go on boat trips to the fjords. It is a good opportunity to go on short and long sailings trips.

It is important to mention that you are not the only one who visits the Greenland fjords in the summer, the whales also visit the fjord at this time of year! So, if you visit us, you have a great chance to get close to the large marine mammals. You will be so impressed by their size and you will never forget this amazing experience.

The sun is standing in the sky, both, day, and night, but you still need to bring warm clothes and a good winter jacket as it gets cold when we are on the water. Since the temperature can change depending on where we are, we recommend to dress in layers, this way you can take them on and off during the trip. (The temperature in summer can be between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius in the shade.) It may sound like a cold summer experience, but the air is dry and there are many hours of sunshine, so it will feel warmer than the thermometer shows.

Download our guide with tips and recommendations on what to bring on your summer adventure in Greenland.

WINTER

The winter in Greenland is fantastic. You can experience snow (lots of it), dog sledding rides (an essential part of living in Greenland), ice fishing adventures and the amazing northern lights.

In Greenland the winter extends from November to May. However, the best months recommended for the winter tours are from late January to early May. It is still a long season with plenty of opportunities for you to join Greenland Fiord Tours expeditions in the Arctic.

Temperatures can variate between regions, and in dry places even if the thermometer shows -30°C it won’t feel that bad. However, if there’s wind, it can feel colder than it is.

Due to Greenland’s size, is hard to generalize but the temperatures can go from -25 °C up to 8°C so we always recommend bringing enough warm clothes and dress in layers, to take them on and off depending on the day, area, etc.

Download our guide with tips and recommendations on what to bring on your winter adventure in Greenland.

Click on this link for a helpful video of how to dress on our different seasons.