Be in the know before you go
For travelers from the USA or any other country, visiting Greenland might involve the following:
- Passport and Visa Requirements: U.S. citizens typically do not need a visa for short stays (up to 90 days) for tourism or business purposes in Greenland, as it falls under the Schengen Area. However, a valid passport is required. Ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date from Greenland.
- Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements: Entry requirements, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 related regulations can change rapidly. Check with the Greenlandic government, Danish government, or relevant authorities for the latest information before you travel.
- Flights: There are flights connecting Greenland with Denmark and a few other places. The main international gateway to Greenland is Kangerlussuaq Airport. Some flights may require layovers or connections in other countries.
- Health and Travel Insurance: It’s advisable to have comprehensive travel and health insurance to cover any medical emergencies during your trip.
- Weather and Clothing: Greenland’s climate can be extremely cold, even during the summer. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the weather conditions.
- Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with the local customs and respect the traditions of the indigenous people of Greenland.
- Currency and Payment: The currency used in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to have some local currency on hand for smaller establishments.
- Language: Greenlandic is the official language, but Danish is also widely spoken. English is spoken to varying degrees, especially in tourist areas.
- Accommodation: There are hotels and guesthouses available in various parts of Greenland, offering a range of options from basic to luxury.
- Activities: Greenland is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including glaciers, fjords, and icebergs. Activities like hiking, dog sledding, boat tours, and observing the unique Inuit culture are popular among tourists.