Reasons to Go
Experience the thrill of adventure as you become one of the limited few to explore this vast, dramatic, remote wilderness.
- Marvel at some of the most spectacular fjords, mountains, glaciers and icebergs on the planet
- Visit one of the region’s only two communities and discover a culture and language quite different from West Greenland
- Explore the vast and majestic Northeast Greenland National Park by ship – as big as France and Spain combined
- Encounter a way of life remarkably unchanged in many ways since the original Thule people arrived with dog sleds and kayaks
- Whether afloat, on a snowmobile, dog sled or on foot, it’s hard to beat for magnificent scenery, vast icebergs and fascinating geology
Popular Trips in East Greenland
Beginning in Svalbard before arcing westwards across the Greenland Sea and then down East Greenland’s long coastline to finish in Iceland, this is an audacious Arctic journey of startling diversity and contrast. Spectacular landscapes, towering glaciers and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters…
Places to go
Northeast Greenland National Park
An area the size of France and Spain combined, the National Park’s enormous fjords, ringed by sheer mountains and gigantic glaciers can only be explored from the small handful of expedition ships that briefly venture into these waters in late August and September.
There are no permanent human inhabitants in the park, the small trickle of annual visitors being composed of scientific researchers, military personnel of Denmark’s dog sledding Sirius Patrol and those visitors who travel by ship. Totally unspoilt, it’s home to much of Greenland’s most remarkable flora and fauna, including a healthy population of polar bears.
The largest fjord system in the world, whose longest channel - flanked by jagged cliffs, precipitous peaks and sheer walls of ice - takes you 216 miles (347 km) into the heart of a landscape that seems closer to myth and legend than reality.
Icebound for most of the year, you only get a brief opportunity each year to access this awe-inspiring waterway by ship in late August and September. At that time the rolling tundra wears a rich cloak of autumnal hues, the weather is pleasant making trekking a real pleasure, musk ox can be sighted on the higher ground and at night there’s the chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Located at the entrance to Scoresby Sund this small community is ice bound for most of the year. It’s the most isolated community in Greenland, and probably the whole planet – only accessible by helicopter, or by ship for a few weeks in late summer.
Sitting on the world’s largest fjord system and next to the world’s biggest national park, with only 450 locals for company, two tiny guest houses and almost total reliance on hunting for survival, merely getting and staying here is a unique adventure. In summer you can explore by kayak or on foot, while in winter dog sleds or snowmobiles provide opportunities for longer expeditions into the interior.
Tasiilaq is the largest community in East Greenland and the main entrepot for visitors looking to explore this region of Greenland from the land. It has every kind of experience that Greenland offers - summer adventures on foot, in a kayak, by boat or in the air, and in winter dog sledding, skiing, heli skiing and snowmobiling.
The town itself, with its brightly painted houses ringed by huge mountains and iceberg strewn waters, is not only very picturesque but provides fascinating insights into the traditional culture and ways of life. Despite being incredibly remote, it’s readily accessible – there are regular flights to nearby Kulusuk airport followed by a breathtaking helicopter transfer over the iceberg packed fjord.
Its east Greenland’s sheer remoteness, overwhelming scale and its general lack of people which really marks it out as somewhere special. The only sign of life we saw in four days of exploring Scoresby Sund were musk ox - pure luxury!
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
How do I get to East Greenland?
Whether you plan to arrive by plane or ship, you’ll travel from either Iceland or Svalbard:
By Plane: The only two airports on the whole of the east coast are:
- Kulusuk is the sister town to Tasiilaq, just across the bay
- Air Greenland flies daily from Reykjavik to Kulusuk during the summer, and twice a week in winter.
Constable Point/ Nerlerit Inaat
- Constable Point is neither a town nor a settlement, just an airport servicing the community of Ittoqqortoormiit, which is 40km away
- Transfers between the airport and village are provided by helicopter (15 mins)
- Air Iceland has a regular service from Akureyri in Northern Iceland throughout the year
By Boat: There’s no international ferry service to East Greenland from any surrounding neighbours. However, a small handful of expedition ships from Svalbard explore East Greenland in late August/ September. Given the limited access point by plane and limited infrastructure, a small ship is an ideal way to reach otherwise inaccessible places.
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