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The 5 most frequently used means of travel in Greenland

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The 5 most frequently used means of travel in Greenland

Myths about modes of transport in Greenland are many, but what are the true facts and what are the myths? Here we reveal the 5 most frequently used modes of transport in Greenland. The facts are, in any case, that many of the most frequently used means of transport in Greenland are an experience in themselves!

The 5 most frequently used means of travel in Greenland

  1. Flights from town to town in Greenland
  2. Helicopters from village to village in Greenland
  3. Coastal ship along the entire west coast of Greenland
  4. Flights from town to village in Greenland
  5. Cars for daily transport in Greenland
Air Greenland aircraft Dash-8 in Greenland

1. Flights from town to town in Greenland with Air Greenland

The views are fabulous when travelling from town to town in Greenland and the journey is an experience in itself. There are no roads between the towns in Greenland and as the distances are large, the vast majority of traffic from town to town is with Air Greenland and their Dash 8-200 aircraft. There is room for 37 passengers and the planes fly so low that you have a magnificent view and you can see Greenland from above on the journey.

Air Greenland helicopter in the Disco Bay in Greenland

2. Helicopters from village to village in Greenland with Air Greenland

There are no runways for aircraft in the smaller villages in Greenland, so journeys to the villages are often made by helicopter, unless it is possible to sail. The fastest helicopter in Greenland, AS-350, has a cruising speed of 234 km/h and therefore you have ample opportunity to look at the landscape from above and take in the many small details.

Watch this great movie from a helicopter in the Disco Bay in Greenland

Greenlands coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk in Greenland

3. Coastal ship along the entire west coast of Greenland

The MS Sarfaq Ittuk sails up and down the west of Greenland and is a lifeline for small villages and towns along the coast. It is the local population in particular who travel with the ship, but many tourists also take some of the journey and have a great experience. Imagine waking up in your cabin with a view of the giant icebergs?

Ilulissat Water Taxi sails in the Disco Bay in Greenland

4. Small boats from town to village in Greenland

All self-respecting Greenlanders own a boat. Much of the transport near the towns is made by boat, it’s easily, fast and inexpensive. By boat you can easily get around the coastal areas and today all fishing is done from boats. Virtually all tourists in Greenland are on one or more boat trips into a fjord, to a beautiful glacier or to a village. 

Many Greenlanders have a holiday home, which is often inside a fjord, where the only way to get there is by boat. What about the kayak you may be thinking? Today it is used for sport and exercise. 

Two girls driving ATV in Qassiarsuk in Southgreenland

5. Cars for daily transport in Greenland

There are asphalt roads in all major towns in Greenland and cars are therefore widely used to get around. Although towns in Greenland are not very big, there are often many kilometres from one end to the other. You can both take a taxi and a bus in the major towns. In the smaller villages, on the other hand, there are neither asphalt roads nor cars. There is such a short distance, that you walk or drive on an ATV, which is handy when you have to carry heavy items.

Also read about Five great places to stay in Greenland

Guide to Greenland's Coastal Ferry

This guide is an introduction to a little Greenlandic gem, namely the coastal ferry MS Sarfaq Ittuk, which carries passengers back and forth along the west coast of Greenland.

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