How to get to Disko Island
How to get to Disko Island from Nuuk
Traveling from Nuuk to Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq, involves various transportation options due to the remote location of Qeqertarsuaq. There are no direct roads between the two towns, so the primary modes of transport are by air or sea.
By air, flights from Nuuk to airports like Ilulissat or Aasiaat with Air Greenland are available, and from there, travelers can sail further to Qeqertarsuaq with Disko Line. The flight offers stunning aerial views of Greenland’s landscapes. Flights are subject to weather conditions and availability, so booking tickets in advance is advisable. Sailing from Ilulissat and Aasiaat to Qeqertarsuaq is available from May 15th to November 15th, with most departures from Ilulissat. During winter, the trip from Ilulissat and Aasiaat will be by helicopter.
Another option is traveling by sea. In the summer months, the Coastal Ship, Arctic Umiaq Line, operates between Nuuk and Qeqertarsuaq. This form of transportation provides a natural connection between Nuuk and Qeqertarsuaq in the summer but might take longer.
How to get to Disko Island from South Greenland
Getting to Qeqertarsuaq from South Greenland typically involves multiple transportation methods due to the significant distance and lack of direct routes.
Travelers need to take a domestic flight from cities in South Greenland, such as Narsarsuaq or Qaqortoq, to Nuuk first. From Nuuk, they can then fly to Ilulissat or Aasiaat, from where they can sail or fly by helicopter to Qeqertarsuaq. Refer to the previous section on traveling from Nuuk to Qeqertarsuaq.
During the summer months, the Coastal Ship, Arctic Umiaq Line, provides a natural connection from South Greenland to Qeqertarsuaq, sailing along Greenland’s west coast. The trip is a long but beautiful voyage spanning several days.
How to get to Disko Island from Denmark
The travel to Qeqertarsuaq from Denmark typically involves flying to Kangerlussuaq Airport (SFJ) from Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Alternatively, flights are available from Billund Airport (BLL) or Aalborg Airport (AAL). From Kangerlussuaq, one can take a domestic flight to Ilulissat, and the onward journey to Qeqertarsuaq is by ship or helicopter depending on weather and season. It’s also possible to fly directly from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Ilulissat via Iceland Air.
Air Greenland operates flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq as well as from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat. It’s important to note that schedules may change due to weather conditions or other factors.
How to get to Disko Island from other countries
Traveling to Qeqertarsuaq from other countries typically involves flights to major international airports, such as Keflavik in Iceland (KEF) or Copenhagen in Denmark (CPH). From these airports, travelers can follow the previously mentioned steps to reach Qeqertarsuaq, typically involving connecting flights to Greenland’s domestic airports (SFJ to JAV) and then onwards to Qeqertarsuaq. Various airlines and travel agencies facilitate these routes, and it’s crucial to plan and book tickets well in advance due to limited availability and seasonal variations in schedules.