Angling

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.

Fly fishing on the Erfalik river in Greenland

Fly fishing on the Erfalik river in Greenland. Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Tailor-made or ‘freestyle’ fishing trips with dinner guaranteed 

Throughout the summer there are good chances of landing a large and attractive char. In June the fish migrate from the rivers and lakes out to the fjords in order to feed before returning during the month of August. At the coasts you need to use a spinner and spinning bait, whilst spinner and fly are used in the rivers. Char are found everywhere – including in the fish camps in Kangerlussuaq and Maniitsoq.
Generally speaking, char will be at locations where the supply of food is greatest, where the water is deep enough to cover their dorsal fins and where the water is relatively still. Between islands, at locations with fast-moving currents and the mouths of the fjords in small coves and bays, you’ll find cod sheltering from the current, seemingly just waiting to take the bait.  


In deep water

The seas are teeming with fish. Go onboard a boat, head out to sea where the water reaches depths of 100-300 metres, and experience the indescribable feeling as flounder, Greenland halibut, redfish and Atlantic wolf-fish are pulled in over the railings. The redfish in Greenlandic waters is a real whopper. It can be up to 1 metre in length and weigh up to 15 kg. They’re often found in shoals, so once you’ve caught one, there’ll usually be others out there.

The Greenland Shark can weigh up to one tonne and have a length in excess of 4 metres. It lives at the bottom of the fjords. Every now and again it comes up to the surface. And the same rule applies as with redfish; if there’s a single shark present, there’s sure to be more around.

Ice fishing is a unique experience when you yourself – or the Greenlandic fisherman – pull up halibut from the deep waters under the ice. Join the fisherman and take up the challenge of fishing under the thick ice.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Cook the fish in the authentic Greenlandic way: smoke it with heather or cook it in a pot over a fire. Serve on a stone and eat with your fingers.
  • Angling in Greenland is possible all year round.
  • Our partner World Of Greenland - Arctic Circle (WOGAC) organises fishing trips to suit your needs, including ice-fishing in Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat.
  • Fishing licences are available at the local post office or travel agency.