You can get to Greenland through Copenhagen, Denmark, via Air Greenland, or through Reykjavik, Iceland, via Air Iceland.
All kinds of accommodation are available in Greenland: Hotels, hostels, cabins, bed & breakfasts, etc. Camping is also possible. There are camping sites, most of which have toilet and shower facilities. But as there is nearly no land ownership in Greenland, you can set up a tent almost anywhere you find comfortable except for areas close to ruins, water reservoirs or farming fields.
In major towns, supermarkets are typically open from 10:00 to 17:30 on weekdays; until 18:00 on Fridays; and from 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays. In many towns, however, there are small shops that have longer opening hours and also open on Sundays.
You can find ATMs in nearly every town. You can use following credit cards to withdraw cash: Dankort, Diners, VISA, VISA PLUS-card, VISA Electron, Eurocheque-card, Eurocard/Mastercard, Maestro and Cirrus-card. Many hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards. However it is recommended to bring some cash, as ATMs may not be in service on weekends.
The currency in Greenland is the Danish kroner (DKK). 1 kroner = 100 øre
Water in Greenland is one of the purest in the world. You can drink water directly from the tap without any concern. You can also purchase bottled water at stores.
Duty Regulations entering Greenland valid from 1.11.2012:
- Cigarettes 200 pcs. or Cigarillos 100 pcs. or Cigars 50 pcs. or rolling tobacco 250 grams
- Cigarettes papaer or cigarette tubes 200 pcs.
- 1 litres of spirits (over 22%) or 2 litres of dessert wine (under 22%)
- 2,25 litres of table wine (under 15%)
- 2 litres of beer
- 2 litres of soft drinks (sodas)
- Perfume 50 ml.
- Eau de toilette 250 ml.
- In addition, cosmetics and other toiletries up to a maximum value of DKK 1.000,-
- Chocolate or confectionary 4 kilos in total
- Coffee or tea 4 kilos
- Meat, meat products or poultry 5 kilos in total
220 volts AC (50Hz). Most power sockets are designed for two pin round plugs.
Special permission is needed for taking souvenirs made from polar bear, walrus and some species of whales out of the country. The CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wile Fauna and Flora) certificate is available in shops and tourist offices. Make note of the regulations applicable for the import of foreign goods into your own country.
There are banks in all major towns, and it is often possible to change money at hotels. In bigger towns there may be a few places that accept foreign currency, but the exchange rate is usually unfavourable.
There is a hospital in all towns, and usually a nursing clinic in settlements. However, it is recommended that visitors bring their own medicine particularly if they are on any medication, as some may not be available. Travel insurance is also recommended. In the event of acute illness, treatment is free of charge in Greenland.
Hotspots have been established in most major hotels, and more and more hotels are offering connections from their rooms. There are Internet cafés in bigger towns. It is also possible to check your emails in some tourist offices.
The official language is Greenlandic, or Kalaallisut (meaning “the Greenlanders’ language"), which is an Inuit language. Danish is also spoken in Greenland, and many people in big towns also speak English. Tourist offices often have staff, who can speak German and/or French. Guided excursions are usually available in several languages.
The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM, and covers nearly all inhabited areas of Greenland except for one or two settlements. Tele Greenland has a list of countries and phone companies that have roaming agreements. You can also buy a sim card for the pay-as-you-go plan at Tele. www.tele.gl
Passports and Visas
All travellers, except for Danes, to Greenland must be in their possession of a valid passport. If you need a visa to travel to Denmark, you will also need a visa to enter Greenland. However, a visa for Denmark does not automatically apply for Greenland and a separate visa has to be obtained. Please contact the embassy of Denmark in your country.
Post offices are located in all major towns in Greenland.
Public holidays for 2014
- Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
- Jan. 6 Epiphany (half-day)
- April 17 Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday)
- April 18 Good Friday
- April 20 Easter Sunday
- April 21 Easter Monday
- May 1 Labour Day (half-day)
- May 16 General Prayer Day
- May 29 Ascension Day
- June 8 Whit Sunday
- June 9 Whit Monday
- June 21 National Day
- Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
- Dec. 25 Christmas Day
- Dec. 26 Boxing Day
- Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve
Greenland is a safe place to visit. Crimes against foreigners are more or less non-existent.
Temperature (in Celsius)
Greenland does not have a tipping culture. Tipping is greatly appreciated but not expected. Transportation Taxis run in most towns. In big cities, there are also public buses. Traveller’s cheques They can be cashed at the Bank of Greenland in Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. In addition, a few hotels will cash them, but please make an inquiry before your departure to Greenland. Vaccinations No vaccinations are required.
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