How to plan your trip to Greenland

Greenland is the largest non-continental island in the world. 80% of the island is covered with a permanent icecap and the coastal regions are covered with snow seasonally.

How to reach:

By Air from Denmark: Air Greenland flies from Copenhagen to West Greenland throughout the year and to South Greenland in summer. During winters, there are four flights a week and upto ten flights a week in summer. The flight time is 4.5 hours from Denmark. Onward transport to the towns on Greenland’s west coast can be done by airplane or helicopter.

By Air from Iceland: Air Greenland flies twice a week from March to October. Air Iceland Connect also offers all year round service from Reykjavik to Kulusuk on the east coast of Greenland. The flight time is two to three hours from Reykjavik.

BY Sea: There are no ferry connections between Greenland and Denmark, Iceland or Canada. However, shipping companies are providing cruise services where it is possible to begin the voyage from Iceland.

Getting around:

Greenland is a rugged land and there are no roads between any towns or communities. Hence, passenger approved boats, planes and helicopters tie the country together is a web of sea and air connections. Air Greenland serves major towns and a number of settlements with domestic flights throughout the year. There are no roads between the towns and all the transportation is conducted in ship and aeroplane. Sailing is a common means of transportation in Greenland.

Best time to visit:

Summer is a great time to experience Greenland on land and water. There are whales swimming along the shores and plants that grow at tremendous speeds. The climate is generally mild in Greenland and there are long spells through the short season. Winter is a season for northern lights, ski trips, dog sledding and stargazing. A large number of tourists head to Greenland for the northern lights.

Places to visit:

There is plenty to do in this unexplored destination. The Uunartog Island is the only hot spring in Greenland which is warm enough to bathe in. Take a dip into the hot springs where water temperatures range between 37C-38C all year long.

Greenland is one of the best places to sight Northern Lights. The stunning show of the lights appears in many colors although pale green and pink are very common. The lights appear in many forms and no amount of pictures can do justice to it. You have to see it to believe it. From early autumn, the night sky is illuminated by the green glow of Northern Lights. It is best experienced from September to April.

Qaqortoq is the largest city in South Greenland and is a very beautiful town. It is colorful and sits in a bowl around the harbor. You will notice colonial buildings dating back to 1775 and a small square with the most ancient fountain of Greenland. You can spend the day whale watching or exploring nearby glaciers.

The Blue River in Petermann Glacier is the largest floating glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a haven for kayaking. The melting glacier fills in the lower areas of the glacier and creates a clear blue water river.

Tasiilaq is a village with a harbor that is surrounded by high mountains in the center of the east coast of Greenland. It is the most populous community on the eastern coast and is famous for a number of adventure activities including skiing trips, dog sled tours, whale watching, kayaking and fishing.

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