Tourism

Tourists enter Greenland by cruise ship or international flights into Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, Narsarsuaq, Kulusuk or Nerlerit Inaat in Ittoqqortoormiit. Within Greenland, travelling usually means a combination of flight and ship. Cruise season generally runs from spring to fall.

Outdoor tourism also peaks in the summer season, but maintains some activity in winter as well. Accommodation standards differ, from hotels to bed and breakfasts in towns, to private accommodation in settlements. Camping is an option too, though it requires preparation.

The Disco Bay area has the predominant part of cruise tourism and hotel stays, and is the best-developed tourism market in Greenland. It also has the highest number of tourism operators.

The Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq airports were built as American military airports during World War II, and later on given to Greenland. They are located far inland, where weather is more stable. This makes them good hubs for outdoor tourism.

Kulusuk in East Greenland has many one-day visits from Iceland. East Greenland is also a popular destination for advanced outdoor tourists. A few outdoor tourists dare venture across the Ice Cap, usually between Kangerlussuaq and Tasiilaq. This requires a special permit from the government.

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2020 Flight passengers in september

30. oktober 2020
Flight passengers in September 2020
The count of passengers January through September of 2020 after the national and international COVID-19 travel-bans showed a fall of 66.7 pct. in the number of passengers on scheduled flights from the six international airports. This accounted to a decrease of 47,152 passengers compared to the same period last year.

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2020 Overnight stays 1st half of 2020

10. august 2020
Overnight stays 1st half of 2020
There were in the second quarter of 2020 15,819 fewer hotel guests and 36,424 fewer overnight stays compared to the previous year. There were, however, observed a downward trend in the first quarter of 2020 where there were 5,486 fewer hotel guests and 14,275 fewer overnight stays compared to the previous year.

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2020 Overnight stays 1st quarter

12. maj 2020
2020 Overnight stays 1st quarter
The first count of hotel guests and overnight stays after the national and international COVID-19 travel-bans showed, showed a decline in the number of guests and overnight stays in all of Greenland. This was especially due to the travel-ban in March, which had 4,387 fewer hotel guests and 11,593 fewer overnight stays compared to the previous year. There were, however, observed a downward trend in February where there were 767 fewer hotel guests and 2,061 fewer overnight stays compared to the previous year.

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Tables in Statbank

Tourism

Number of sleddogs by time and district (TUE01)
Number of sleddogs by time and district (TUE01)
Passengers traveling from Greenland (Chartered and scheduled flights) (TUEFLY)
Passengers traveling from Greenland (Chartered and scheduled flights) (TUEFLY)
Overnight stays by region, time, month, unit and nationality (TUEHOT)
Overnight stays by region, time, month, unit and nationality (TUEHOT)
Tax for cruisepassengers by time, month and paid tax (TUEKA)
Tax for cruisepassengers by time, month and paid tax (TUEKA)
Rented rooms and room capacity by unit, region, time and month (TUEKAP)
Rented rooms and room capacity by unit, region, time and month (TUEKAP)
Number of cruise passengers for each harbour (TUEKRH)
Number of cruise passengers for each harbour (TUEKRH)
Number of cruises by passenger capacity (TUEKRK)
Number of cruises by passenger capacity (TUEKRK)
Number of cruise passengers by month (TUEKRL)
Number of cruise passengers by month (TUEKRL)
Number of cruise passengers by month (TUEKRP)
Number of cruise passengers by month (TUEKRP)
Number of international passengers by time, airport and month (TUEUPAX)
Number of international passengers by time, airport and month (TUEUPAX)



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Tourism

Overnight stays

  • 2020 Overnight stays 1st half of 2020
  • 2020 Overnight stays 1st quarter
  • 2019 Overnight stays 3rd quarter
  • 2019 Overnight stays 2st quarter
  • 2019 Overnight stays 1st quarter
  • 2018 Overnight stays
  • Overnight guests in 3rd quarter of 2018
  • Overnight guests in 2nd quarter of 2018
  • Overnight guests in 2nd quarter of 2018
  • Overnight guests in 1st quarter of 2018
  • Overnight guests in 4th quarter of 2017
  • Overnight guests in 3rd quarter of 2017
  • 2017 Overnight stays 2nd quarter
  • 2017 Overnight stays 1st quarter
  • 2016 Overnight stays
  • 2016 Overnight stays in Q1-Q3
  • Cruise Passengers

  • 2019 Cruise ship statistics
  • 2018 Cruise ship statistics
  • 2017 Cruise ship statistics
  • 2016 Cruise ship statistics
  • Airplane Passengers

  • 2020 Flight passengers in september
  • 2020 Flight passengers in march
  • 2020 Flight passengers in february
  • 2019 Flight passengers
  • 2019 Flight passengers in october
  • 2019 Flight passengers in september
  • 2019 Flight passengers in august
  • 2019 Flight passengers in june
  • 2019 Flight passengers in may
  • 2019 Flight passengers in april
  • 2019 Flight passengers 1st quarter
  • 2018 Flight passengers
  • 2016 Flight passengers
  • Report form for accommodations

  • Report form for accommodations
  • Report form for accommodations
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