Welcome to Greenland!
Icelandair offers flights to Greenland from Iceland with smooth flight connections from across the US, including New York, Chicago and Boston. Icelandair makes it easy for travelers to explore this huge, other-worldly island just a couple of hours' flying distance from Reykjavík. All this can be done in one journey, with one ticket.
If you're considering a trip to Iceland, why not explore the northern region a little further? Traveling to Greenland from the US just got a lot easier. Combine your innate curiosity for big adventures with our North Atlantic expertise and our new, expanded route network for the adventure of a lifetime.
With Icelandair you can book tickets to several destinations across Greenland:
Flights to Nuuk (Southwest Greenland) From Iceland's capital to Greenland's capital in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Flights to Ilulissat (West Greenland) Reach Greenland's biggest tourist destination in 3¼ hours.
Flights to Narsarsuaq (South Greenland) Be surprised by the 'garden of Greenland' after a 2¾-hour flight.
Flights to Kulusuk (East Greenland) Our closest Greenland connection – just 2 hours away!
To fly to Greenland from the US, you will first need to land at Iceland's Keflavík International Airport (KEF).
Passengers must then transfer from Keflavík to Reykjavík Airport (RKV)* – a distance of 50km (31 miles).
Remember to pick up your baggage at Keflavík airport and take it with you as you transfer to Reykjavík airport.
The same also applies for returning flights. Collect your baggage at Reykjavík airport before transferring to Keflavík for your flight home, and allow enough time to travel between the 2 airports.
*NOTE: Currently, all flights between Iceland and Greenland use Reykjavík Airport (RKV).
From June 1, 2022, the following applies:
Greenland is around 745 miles or 1200 kilometers from Reykjavik. The total flight duration from Iceland to Greenland is around 2-3 hours.
Our flights between Iceland and Greenland are operated on Bombardier aircraft, and due to their smaller size, the service on board is limited compared to that on board the larger Boeing aircraft that connect Iceland with Europe and North America. Read more about our fleet.
Read more about the classes of service and cabin experience on flights from Iceland to Greenland.
Baggage allowances for Greenland flights are not the same as for international flights connecting Iceland with Europe and North America. If you are connecting on flights to Greenland, check the baggage allowance. Also note that there are some restrictions to hand luggage due to smaller overhead compartments. Read more about baggage for Greenland flights.
We know: Greenland is big! Where should you start when planning what to do in Greenland?
Let us help with some articles to whet your appetite.
For more research, check out these comprehensive websites, with information ranging from what weather to expect to where to dine (and what to order):
Visit Greenland has a great planning resource for first-time visitors: First time in Greenland? A guide for those visiting Greenland for the first time.
Danish kroner (DKK) is the official currency in Greenland, although some souvenir shops may accept foreign currency in notes. It is wise to have cash in DKK on you, especially when visiting small towns and settlements.
Most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Diners, Dankort, and American Express) are accepted in ATMs. For money withdrawal, you must use your PIN-code. You will find ATMs in the following towns: Nanortalik, Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Paamiut, Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, Kangerlussuaq, Aasiaat, Qasigiannguit, Ilulissat, Qeqertarsuaq, Uummannaq, Upernavik, Tasiilaq.
Greenland's official language is Greenlandic (known as Kalaallisut, an Inuit language belonging to the Eskimo-Aleut language family). Most people in Greenland speak good Danish, and those who have studied abroad also speak English. Some tourist offices might have staff that speaks German or French.
More information and practical tips about visiting Greenland are on the Visit Greenland website.
What to wear during your travels in Greenland depends on factors such as time of the year, places you visit, your planned activities, and of course, the weather you'll encounter.
For hikes, wear multiple layers so you can adjust when it's too warm or cold.
Advisable to bring:
Greenland is very safe for tourists. With a small population and friendly locals, you’ll feel more than welcomed when visiting this unique country.
Flying from New York to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport takes 6 hours over a distance of approx 2600 miles (4170 kilometers). Flight times from Iceland to Greenland are 2-3 hours.