How to get to Ilulissat from Nuuk

Traveling from Nuuk to Ilulissat offers a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Greenland. 

The most common way to reach Ilulissat from Nuuk is by air. You would typically need to fly with Air Greenland from Nuuk Airport (GOH) to Ilulissat Airport (JAV) via Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ). The flight itself is a scenic adventure, showcasing Greenland’s breathtaking icy landscapes from above. 

Alternatively, for those seeking a more immersive experience, sea travel is also an option. Ferries and cruise ships, such as Arctic Umiaq Line, ply the coastal waters, allowing travelers to witness Greenland’s stunning coastline up close.

Greenland's passenger ferry Sarfaq Ittuk
Photo by Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland
Huge icebergs with Ilulissat in the background seen from an Air Zafari flight in Greenland
Photo by Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

How to get to Ilulissat from South Greenland

Traveling from South Greenland to Ilulissat opens doors to Greenland’s diverse natural beauty. Although remote, this journey is rich in cultural and scenic wonders. 

The most common way to travel is by air, with Air Greenland offering flights connecting Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK) to Ilulissat Airport (JAV) via Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ). These flights offer a unique perspective on Greenland’s changing landscapes, from the lush greenery of the south to the icy expanse of the north.

 Additionally, adventurous souls can explore sea routes, navigating through Greenland’s intricate fjords. This option provides an intimate encounter with coastal villages and wildlife.

How to get to Ilulissat from Denmark

The most common and efficient way to reach Ilulissat from Denmark is by air. Regular flights operate from major Danish cities to Ilulissat. When travelling from Aalborg (AAL) to Ilulissat, you’ll have two stops in Copenhagen (CPH) and Kangerlussuaq (SFJ). If you chose to travel from Billund (BLL) or Copenhagen (CPH) you’ll only have one stop in Kangerlussuaq (SFJ) before you reach Illulissat. As an alternative, you can also fly directly with Iceland Air from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Ilulissat

The journey itself is a marvel, taking you from the bustling cities of Denmark to the serene Arctic landscapes of Ilulissat. As you disembark, you’ll be greeted by the crisp Arctic air and the grandeur of icebergs floating in Disko Bay, marking the beginning of your unforgettable Greenlandic adventure.

Icefjord ice arrival view.
Photo by Ívar Eyþórssony - Visit Greenland
city sign in Kangerlsussuaq.
Photo by Aningaaq R. Carlsen, Visit Greenland

How to get to Ilulissat from other countries

For travelers venturing from countries beyond Denmark, reaching Ilulissat involves international flights to Greenland’s main airports, followed by domestic flights or sea travel to Ilulissat. Major international airlines operate flights to Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ), Greenland’s main international gateway. From Kangerlussuaq, domestic flights connect travelers to Ilulissat, providing a glimpse of Greenland’s vast icy landscapes from the air. It is also possible to fly directly from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Ilulissat via Iceland Air.

Alternatively, some intrepid travelers opt for Arctic cruises, embarking on a maritime odyssey that includes Ilulissat as a port of call. This mode of travel offers a unique opportunity to witness Greenland’s coastal beauty, including glaciers and diverse wildlife.

Regardless of your starting point, the journey to Ilulissat promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience, blending the thrill of exploration with the tranquility of the Arctic wilderness.

Need help to arrange your trip to Ilulissat?

There are several travel agencies that can help you arrange your trip to Ilulissat and Hotel Icefiord. We can recommend Greenland by Topas, who can arrange travel packages from both Denmark and other countries around the world. For danish travelers we can also recommend Topas Travel where you experience Greenland in a group with a danish guide.