Welcome to Greenland
While not the most economical of destinations in the past, access to Greenland is becoming easier and cheaper. That’s more reason than ever to add this wildly raw and rugged country to your bucket list.
The endless daylight of summer affords hours for sea kayaking, salmon fishing, cruising through fjords and past icebergs and glaciers, communing with wildlife and getting to know the locals in Nuuk Town. Feel the Inuit and Danish influences of this enormous island. Visit a sheep farm, try dog sledding, then cozy up in a coffee shop with a kaffemik to plan your outing to view the Northern Lights.
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Need To Know
- Almost 80 percent of Greenland’s landmass is covered by an ice cap and glaciers. There are also a number of hot springs throughout the country, averaging 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Love to golf? Try the Ice Golf World Championships, which take place annually in March in Uummannaq.
- Here in the land of the Midnight Sun, the sun does not actually set from May 25th to July 25th. The longest day of the year, June 21st, is a national holiday.
- A handful of folktale-esque wildlife resides in Greenland, including polar bears, humpback whales, musk oxen, reindeer and walruses.
- When measuring by area, Greenland is the world’s largest island that is not an island. It totals 836,330 square miles.
Greenland’s official languages are Greenlandic, Danish and English.
When To Go
The best time to go to Greenland is between June and August.
Passport must be valid for three months beyond arrival date.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting Greenland: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types C, F, E and K. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Danish Krone
Be aware that there are no trains and roads between communities in Greenland. Your transportation will be via airplane, ferry, helicopter, ship or dog sled.
US Embassy Info
US Embassy Copenhagen
Dag Hammarskjӧlds Allé 24
2100 Københaven Ø
Local Visitor Info
Hans Egedesvej 29
P.O. Box 1615
Tel: (+299) 34 28 20
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 112
Safety and Security
The crime rate is low in Greenland.
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