Kangerlussuaq is much more than a runway. The magnificent countryside stretches out in front of you when you step off the plane. It’s the easiest place to get close to the enormous wall of ice that marks the edge of the Ice Sheet.
- 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
The settlement is Greenland’s travel hub. It’s here that aeroplanes from all over the world take off and land, while it’s also from Kangerlussuaq that small aircraft buzz around like industrious bees, transporting people and goods to and from other towns.
FROM BASE TO SETTLEMENT
Kangerlussuaq was established as a base by the American Air Force in 1941. Today it’s a busy airport and active village which offers plenty of opportunity to get close to Mother Nature.
THE ICE SHEET - JUST 30 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.
MUSK OXEN, REINDEER AND ARCTIC FOXES
Kangerlussuaq’s climate is mild, and the vegetation is particularly well-suited to musk oxen and reindeer. 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.
One of the world’s biggest populations of musk oxen is found around Kangerlussuaq. 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Ice Sheet is most accessible from Kangerlussuaq. You’re close to the edge of the ice. You can drive or walk to it, and you can even climb it.
- Greenland Travel has trips that include a stay in Kangerlussuaq, e.g. in combination with a trip to Ilulissat in Disko Bay, a trip to Nuuk or to Sisimiut.
- Kangerlussuaq is also the place at which you begin or end a cruise with Hurtigruten’s ship “M/S Fram”.
- World of Greenland Arctic Circle (WOGAC), a partner in the Air Greenland group, offers a wide range of excursions in Kangerlussuaq. If the purpose of your trip is a meeting or conference, good facilities are also available.
- You can take a piece of a semi-precious stone home with you. Take a rock hammer out to Garnet Rock, chisel away and take home a piece of garnet with you that you can put in the window.
Experiences in Kangerlussuaq
The gateway to Greenland is also the starting point from where you can experience the Ice Sheet at first-hand. Enjoy the rich diversity of wildlife, including musk oxen, reindeer and arctic foxes. Let yourself be inspired by Greenland’s natural riches and taste the water in the salt lakes.
Transportation to Kangerlussuaq
How do I get there?
Serviced by Airbus 330 and Dash 8.
Kangerlussuaq International Airport is a 4 ½ hour flight from Denmark. In the summer, there are up to ten departures from Denmark/Europe to Kangerlussuaq and in winter there are four weekly departures.
From Kangerlussuaq there are good connections to the rest of Greenland. In the summer we bring you to all major towns around Greenland within the same day. Connection to the largest towns, such as Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat, are frequent all year round.
How do I get around?
Experience the village and surrounding area on foot, by bus, and in summer also on mountain bikes. In winter, SUVs, dog sleds and snowmobiles are the most popular means of transport.