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Kangerlussuaq, also known as Søndre Strømfjord in Danish, is much more than a runway. It is the gateway to Greenland. Here, nature is right in front of you when you get off the plane. Kangerlussuaq is, among other things, the city where you most easily get close to the huge ice wall of the ice sheet.
The settlement is Greenland's navel. This is where the planes from the big world land and take off, and it is also from Kangerlussuaq, the small planes buzz like bees when transporting people and goods to and from the cities.
Experiences in Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq is much more than a runway. Nature is in front of you when you get off the plane. Here you can easily get close to the huge ice wall of the ice sheet. With over 300 cloud-free days a year, Kangerlussuaq is also the city in Greenland that has the best conditions for experiencing the northern lights.
From base to settlement
Kangerlussuaq was established as a base by the US Air Force in 1941. Today it is a busy airport and an active settlement with built-in opportunities to get close to nature.
The ice sheet - just 25 km away
Are you up for a challenge, in good physical shape and do you love fantastic scenery? Then head off on a trip into the wilderness on foot or by mountain bike. Pack your rucksack and bike panniers with a tent and provisions and set course for the Ice Sheet. Standing at the edge of the Ice Sheet and gazing at the enormous mass of ice glistening in hues of white, green and blue is an incredible experience. A sheer rugged wall of ice with fissures shaped by brilliant turquoise meltwater is pure balm for the soul, in addition to which you may be fortunate enough to experience the thunderous crash that shatters the silence as pieces of ice break away.
Whatever the circumstances, keep your distance! The Ice Sheet is unpredictable. Follow the marked trails if you wish to climb onto the ice and enjoy the fantastic views from the top. If you prefer a little more comfort, then cars and jeeps also drive out to the Ice Sheet.
Here is a list of local operators in Kangerlussuaq:
Albatros - Arctic Circle
Guide to Greenland
Tours by Locals
Musk oxen, reindeer and arctic foxes
Kangerlussuaq’s climate is mild, and the vegetation is particularly well-suited to musk oxen and reindeer. One of the world's largest populations of musk oxen can be found around Kangerlussuaq. Go on a trip by car or by bus and get close to the herds of animals with coats of wool and fur that are in their ideal habitat.
The animals with their large horns and impressive long-haired coat appear slow and benign. But don’t let yourself be fooled! Keep your distance, preferably 30-40 metres away, because if the oxen feel threatened, they may charge and, in spite of a weight of 300-400 kilos, they are athletic and fast.
Stay a couple of days
There are several salt lakes in the area. Make sure you visit the largest of them. It lies southwest of the Tacan radar station. Taste the water: it’s fit to drink and is reminiscent of still mineral water.
Greenland by Topas
Greenland by Topas is a partner in the Air Greenland group, which offers a wide range of excursions in Kangerlussuaq. If the purpose of the trip is a meeting or conference, there are also good facilities.
Experiences in Kangerlussuaq
Welcome to the experiences of the other world. Go exploring for new exciting experiences right here.
Meet the Greenlanders on their home turf. Hospitable Greenlanders bid you welcome to their home. Accept an irresistible offer of a kaffemik and good stories.
Some of the finest gourmet restaurants are found in Greenland. And the menus are all characterised by local ingredients.
The Ice Cap in Greenland is thousands of years old, and its power is overwhelming and breathtaking. Look forward to meeting the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere.
Musk ox safari
Go on a safari on the tundra and see a population of more than ten thousand musk oxen that originate from 27 oxen flown in from Northeast Greenland.
A trophy from reindeer and musk ox is on many hunters' wish list. And in Greenland, the goal is within short reach; only about five hours journey from Denmark you can get on musk and reindeer hunting.
It’s a short distance from towns and settlements to open expanses with lakes, fells and the sea. Remember your map and compass or let yourself be guided by an experienced pathfinder.
Museums and art
Paintings, tooth, stone and bone. Greenland’s museums reflect the country’s cultural heritage and disseminate it using modern forms of expression.
Do rods, spinners and fish in all shapes and sizes have you hooked? Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed at any time of the year by people who love the challenge of rivers and lakes.
Embark, disembark, head ashore, then embark once more! But never miss out on the chance to take a sailing trip through the magnificent landscape that’s sure to sweep you off your feet.
Today’s most outstanding designers are behind innovative creations and are rewriting the history of Greenland. Look, touch and feel.
DID YOU KNOW
Primary gateway into Greenland
Formerly also known as Søndre Strømfjord
Approx. 550 inhabitants
Founded in 1941
Settlement and Atlantic airport
At the base of the 180-km long Kangerlussuaq Fjord
Hotel and acomodation in Kangerlussuaq
In Kangerlussuaq, there are many options for accommodation. We have collected some of them here.
Hotel Kangerlussuaq, located in Greenland's largest international airport, has 70 rooms and more than 150 beds in single, double, suites and coordinator rooms in the transit building.
Polar Lodge, Albatros - Arctic Circle
Old Camp, Albatros - Arctic Circle
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