Are you dreaming of visiting Greenland but don’t know how to get there? Let us guide you through the different transportation options to reach this incredible country.
Arriving by Airplane
One of the most common ways to get to Greenland is by taking a flight from Iceland or Denmark. Air Iceland Connect offers direct flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, while Air Greenland provides a wide variety of routes from both Copenhagen and Reykjavik to several locations in Greenland. From Keflavik (the international airport in Iceland), you can find direct flights to Narsarsuaq, Nuuk, and Ilulissat, among others.
Transit Options at International Airports
If you need to travel to another destination within Greenland, you can take a connective flight. Tasiilaq and Kulusuk are two of the most important airports in Greenland for connecting flights to other destinations. For instance, when you arrive at Kulusuk, Air Iceland Connect offers direct flights to Nerlerit Inaat, Nuuk, and Kangerlussuaq. However, for other less-visited destinations, visitors will typically need to take a helicopter or a small airplane operated by Air Greenland.
Arriving by Sea
If you plan to arrive in the summer, you can reach Greenland by sea via several cruise liners that depart from Canada, Denmark, and Iceland. For example, the Hurtigruten and the Oceania Cruises are two popular options that sail to Greenland. You can also take a ferry from Denmark to Nuuk or Ilulissat; this trip takes around 3–4 days and provides a unique experience of admiring the majestic icebergs along the way. If you want to bring your car, the Arctic Umiaq ferry operates between Iceland and several ports in Greenland between June and September.
If you are a citizen of a country that is part of the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Similarly, citizens from the USA, Canada, and Japan can visit Greenland visa-free. Citizens of other countries can apply for a visa through the nearest Danish embassy or consulate. Please note that a visa does not guarantee your entry into Greenland, as officials might deny your entry if you do not have valid travel insurance or show any signs of infectious diseases.
Greenland is a place of natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage, so finding a way to get there is worth the effort. Whether you choose to arrive by plane or ferry, your journey will be unforgettable. At the end of your journey, you will be rewarded with views of the Northern Lights, majestic mountains, and impressive glaciers.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!