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Practical Information Greenland


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What to wear

It is best to be prepared for all types of weather by wearing ”layered” clothing. The outer layer should be wind and waterproof. Gloves and caps are recommended when sailing. It is a good idea to wear robust boots, waterproof shoes or rubber boots with a robust sole in the summer and winter. Attire tends to be casual in Greenland and acceptable also in good restaurants.
For all of our trips we have made a detailed pack list based on prior experiences. On the tour description you will find a link " What to bring".
Currency

Danish Krone (DKK).
Accepted Credit / Debit Cards and ATM’s

These cards are valid at banks or ATM’s, although we advise you to carry some cash as not all shops accept foreign credit cards: VISA, VISA PLUS-card, VISA Electron, Eurochequecard, Eurocard/Mastercard.
Entering the country

American citizens do not require a visa for trips shorter than 3 months. Your passport is required for entry.
Import restrictions

Greenland is not considered a European Union country. Information on what is permitted to bring into the country and what is not is available at the airports – although drugs, weapons, living animals – including pets and birds are not allowed. Exceptions are made for guide dogs for blind people.
Export restrictions

It is illegal to import any art or artifact created from a marine mammal, including whalebone, walrus tusks (ivory) and narwhal tusks (also ivory) into the USA. For more information, please contact a local tourist office.
Electricity

220 voltages is standard (as in much of Europe). You may want to bring an adapter.
Health system

Hospitals and dental clinics are found in most towns. Acute treatment is free. There is no hospital in Kangerlussuaq, but a nursing station is open. You are advised to bring your own prescription medicine on the trip. Travel health insurance is recommended. No vaccines are required for travels in Greenland.
Where to stay

Greenland has a wealth of accommodation options – everything from hotels and youth hostels to seaman’s homes. Many of the hotels and seaman’s homes have been classified in accordance with international standards so you can check their standards.
National Day

Greenland’s National Day is 21 of June and is called “Ullortuneq”, which means the longest day of the year. It is also the official Flag Day, so in addition to festivities you will see the striking flag with the red half circle flying proudly everywhere.
Mosquitoes

Be prepared. In July and August mosquitoes are a plague in Greenland just as they are in all Arctic areas. You are advised to bring a mosquito net or insect spray or even medicine if you are allergic to insect bites.
Communication

Greenland has a modern telecommunication infrastructure, and it is possible to access the Internet at most hotels and many internet cafes. GSM 850/1900 can be used if you have an agreement with AT&T Wireless PCS, T Mobile and Singular Wireless.
Time Zones

There is a two-hour difference between the American east coast and Greenland. When it is 10:00 am in Greenland it is 8:00 am EST in Baltimore.
Midnight Sun and Northern Lights

The midnight sun is present north of the Arctic Circle during the summer. But even towns located further south tend to be light at night. The midnight sun can be experienced over the Disko Bay from the end of May to the end of July. You can see the northern lights in late August and September in most parts of South Greenland and in October to April in the Disko Bay area.
Religion

The Greenland Church is part of the Danish Protestant Church. Churches are found in all towns, although smaller buildings may be used in smaller communities. The local Greenlandic language is used.
You are welcome to visit the churches. If they are locked, ask the local tourist agency for help. Please note that taking photos is generally forbidden during mass.
Language

The Greenlandic language is roughly divided into four dialects: South Greenlandic, West Greenlandic, East Greenlandic and the Thule dialect. West Greenlandic is the official language which all children learn in addition to Danish and English.
 

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