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Cheap Flights to Greenland

If you’re looking for true wilderness, untouched by human influence and as pristine as possible, get to Greenland. Transportation is difficult and costly, since no roads or rails mar the landscape. With supply posts so few and far between, you need to carry most of what you need. But once you get where you’re going, the rewards are immeasurable: a clarity of light and mind unlike anywhere else on earth, and beauty so strange, cold, immense and ecstatic, it might just change your life. 

Flights to Greenland

There are only two airports in Greenland with the capacity to accept any plane larger than a turbo-prop. The first is Kangerlussuaq, a settlement of about 500 people which shares its name with a nearby glacier. Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ) is on the site a former WWII US military base. The second is Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK), another former US airbase from the same period. Both destinations are so small and sparsely populated that they mostly serve as transfer points for onward journeys.

At the moment, there are two airlines which serve Greenland. Air Greenland offers flights connecting Kangerlussuaq with Copenhagen, Denmark and the Greenland destinations of Narsarsuaq, Nuuk, Aasiaat, Ilulissat, Maniitsoq, Nerlerit Inaat, and Sisimiut. 

In the summer, Air Greenland also operates a route between Kangerlussuaq and Reykjavik in Iceland. The airline also has connecting flights between Narsarsuaq and Nuuk, Alluitsup Paa, Nanortalik, Narsaq, Paamiut, and Qaqortoq. 

Seasonally, Air Greenland routes include seasonal flights Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, as well as transfers between Keflavik Airport in Iceland to both Nuuk and Narsarsuaq, and flights between Iqaluit, Canada and Nuuk.

What to Do in Greenland

There is no recognized land ownership anywhere in the country, so you are free to hike anywhere you wish. That said, the need for an experienced guide should be clear. Breathe in the icy, clean air, trek through glaciers, bask in the midnight sun, climb mountains, drive a dog sled, kayak through crystal fjords, and just wonder at the fact that you are where so few humans have ever been. 

Advice to Tourists Visiting Greenland

Greenland officially the Danish Kroner for its currency. It is largely a cash economy, so don’t count on your credit cards. The official language is Greenlandic, though the Eastern dialect is distinct. As it’s notoriously difficult for foreigners, you’re likely to have more luck communicating in Danish or even English in the busier areas. 

It’s difficult enough to get to Greenland at any time of year, but summer is the most likely time to get the access you’re looking for. Like most things in Greenland,

accommodation does not come cheap, but your best chance of finding a good deal is with Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison tool.