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Time differences and time zones

What is the time difference between Greenland and the rest of the world?

There are several time zones in Greenland, but for most visitors, the time zone that includes the towns on the west coast and Tasiilaq/Kulusuk in East Greenland will apply.

There is a three-hour time difference between most of Greenland and GMT, Greenwich Mid time.

Greenland is in the same time zone as Brazil and two hours ahead of New York City.

Greenland is four hours behind CET, Central European Time, which means that when it is noon in Germany, it is 8:00 AM in Greenland.

In North Greenland at Pituffik/Thule Air Base, the time is four hours behind GMT.

In East Greenland, in Ittoqqortoormiit, there are two hours of time difference between GMT and Greenland.

Flight time between Denmark and Greenland

The flight time between Copenhagen in Denmark and Kangerlussuaq in Greenland is about 4 hours and 40 minutes. Since the time difference between Denmark and Greenland is four hours, this means that you land in Greenland at roughly the same time as you took off from Copenhagen. Very often, you fly from Copenhagen at 9:00 AM and then land in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland at 9:40 AM.

On the return journey, it goes the other way, of course. Typically, you will fly from Greenland around noon, but not land in Copenhagen until in the evening around 8:00 PM. On some evening flights to Denmark, you will land early in the morning on the next day due to the time difference.

If you arrive on a flight from Europe, you can expect to be a little tired early on your first day in Greenland due to jet lag. If necessary, go to bed early on your first night if you feel tired. Then you will be fresh and rested the next day.

However, a lot of people are not affected by the time difference.

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