Hotel Icefiord

Packing list for winter trips
in Greenland

When preparing for a winter trip to Greenland, strategic packing is crucial to ensure comfort and safety in the Arctic conditions. The extreme cold and varied activities available in this region demand specific gear and essentials to make the most of the journey.

Clothing essentials

  1. Insulated Parka and Pants: High-quality, waterproof, and windproof outerwear is essential to combat the freezing temperatures. Ensure they are well-insulated to retain body heat.
  2. Layered Clothing: Thermal base layers, fleece or wool mid-layers, and an insulated jacket to provide warmth while allowing flexibility.
  3. Thermal Underwear and Moisture-wicking Socks: Multiple sets of thermal undergarments and socks to keep you warm and dry.
  4. Snow Pants and Waterproof Boots: Insulated snow pants and sturdy, waterproof boots with good traction for walking on icy or snowy surfaces.
  5. Gloves, Hat, Scarf, and Neck Gaiter: High-quality, insulated gloves, a warm hat, a scarf, and a neck gaiter for protection against cold winds.
  6. Sweaters and Turtlenecks: Additional layers for added warmth when needed.
  7. Winter Accessories: Hand warmers, foot warmers, and earmuffs for additional protection in extreme cold.
Ilulissat Icefiord
Photo: Aningaaq R. Carlsen, Visit Greenland

Gear and Accessories:

  1. Daypack or Backpack: A durable, weather-resistant backpack for carrying essentials and keeping them dry.
  2. Goggles or Sunglasses: Protective eyewear to shield your eyes from snow glare and UV rays.
  3. Hand and Foot Warmers: Portable heat packs to provide extra warmth during extended outdoor activities.
  4. Trekking Poles or Ice Cleats: Depending on planned activities, trekking poles for stability or ice cleats for traction on icy terrain can be useful.
  5. Portable Charger and Extra Batteries: Due to the cold, electronic devices may lose battery power more quickly.
  6. Camera Equipment: If capturing the stunning winter landscapes is a priority, ensure your camera gear is suitable for cold weather use.

Miscellaneous Items:

  1. Travel Adapters and Chargers: Adapters suitable for the region’s power outlets to charge devices. At Hotel Icefiord we have Type K power plugs.
  2. Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Products: Environmentally-friendly options, where possible, in line with Greenland’s focus on sustainable tourism.
  3. Travel Documents: Passports, travel insurance, tickets, permits, and necessary visas.
  4. Cash and Credit/Debit Cards: Some remote areas may have limited card acceptance, so having cash on hand is advisable.
  5. Guidebooks and Maps: For reference and navigation, particularly in less populated areas.
Iceberg in Ilulissat Icefiord

Preparing for a winter trip to Greenland necessitates careful planning to withstand the severe cold and enjoy the diverse outdoor activities available. Adequate gear and essentials will ensure a safe, comfortable, and memorable experience while exploring the enchanting Arctic wonders of this unique destination.