Greenland: travel and transport
How do you get to Greenland?
Air connections You can fly to Greenland either from Copenhagen, Denmark with Air Greenland or via Reykjavik/Keflavik, Iceland with Air Iceland.
There are no ferries that take people with them.
You can only reach Greenland by ship as part of a cruise.
Travel in the country
Travel opportunities in Greenland are severely limited.
Since the cities of Greenland are not connected by roads, the only means of transport between them is usually the plane or the helicopter, which makes traveling in Greenland not exactly cheap. As an alternative, in the west of the country you can take ferries or supply ships along the coast from place to place. However, this is time consuming!
Grønlandsfly (Greenlandair) is the domestic airline that connects most cities.
However, when planning your trip you should leave a lot of time to spare when traveling between cities, as the weather can thwart your plans at any time!
In the smaller towns, in addition to your own feet, snow scooters and motor boats, you are left with more traditional means of transport such as kayaks, dog sleds or skis.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, Greenland’s international license plate is:
Greenland Tourism and Business Council
Hans Egedesvej 29
3900 Nuuk, Greenland
PO Box 1615
Tel.: 00299 – 34 28 20
Be warned of the following infectious diseases:
- AIDS, HIV
- Intestinal infectionsfrom contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation, as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Cholera– only for travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or food
- Diphtheria– a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio– vaccination against polio should always take place, also in your home country.
- Tetanus– a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
Greenland: Various travel information
Danish citizens do not need to present a passport when traveling.
Citizens of the Nordic Passport Union entering from one of the Nordic countries, i.e. Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, do not need to present their passport either.
Citizens of a country that has signed the Schengen Agreement, all EU countries except Ireland and England, also do not need to present a passport. When entering the country, however, proof of citizenship must be presented, which for many countries then means presenting a passport if, for example, they have not introduced an identity card.
Citizens of all other countries must always present their passports and in some cases have even applied for a visa.
You should ask the authorities below:
The Danish Immigration Service
Tel: + 45- (0) -35 36 66 00
Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial resources to finance their stay in the country themselves.
Issuing of visas in Germany
Visa Department of the Embassy of Denmark, as Denmark is responsible for Greenland’s foreign policy:
Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
City: 10787 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30-50 50 20 00
Foreign exchange, souvenirs, customs regulations
The national currency of Greenland is the Danish krone = 100 Øre.
-Import and export of foreign currency
The import and export of foreign currency is subject to the same rules as in Denmark.
There is currently no departure fee.
Import of goods The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.
Import of goods
Travelers over 18 years of age are allowed to import the following goods and quantities:
1 liter of alcohol over 22% or 2 liters of alcohol between 15% and 22% and two liters of beer
200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.
250 ml eau de toilette and 50 ml perfume.
Cosmetics with a maximum value of DKK 1,000 and a maximum of 2 kg of confectionery.
Export of goods
Popular souvenirs are wood carvings and animal bones.
Tupilak is a carved talisman out of bones or whale teeth, which is said to have magical powers. A CITES permit is required. Other souvenirs include bead embroidery and seal skin work. Goods made from fin whale, sperm whale, blue whale or humpback whale bones, as well as stuffed white-tailed eagles or their feathers may not be exported.
With a special CITES permit, you can take souvenirs from the west coast. Most souvenir shops have these ready. In general, everything that was manufactured before 1940 is considered culturally valuable and may only be exported with an export permit from the Nuuk National Museum!