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From March 2023, it will be possible to go polar bear sightseeing in Greenland. Paid tourism without catching polar bears – “polar bear sightseeing” – can be experienced in Greenland with a licensed private person or accompanied by a tourist company with a concession permit based in Greenland. Here you can read the information about the polar bear sightseeing and concession rights, prepared according to the questions that are regularly asked.
It is forbidden to offer polar bear sightseeing without a permit.
Who can get a permit for polar bear sightseeing?
What is paid tourism?
What is tourism concession?
A tourism concession is an agreement, between a public authority and a company, that gives the company the exclusive right to a specific activity in a given area.
How long does a tourism concession valid for?
Where in Greenland can you apply for a tourism concession for polar bears?
It is possible to apply for a tourism concession for paid tourism without catching polar bears, if the municipality has allocated an area for this activity.
Can I sell or give away my tourism concession?
Can I catch a polar bear?
No. The polar bears in Southeast Greenland are strictly protected and cannot be caught. This does not apply for problem-polar bears, that have been repeatedly threatened. See the legislation on the protection of polar bears here (in Danish).
What are the rules for cruise tourism?
The cruise ships (accompanied with a local operator with a permit) should keep away from the polar bears on a minimum of 200 meters. It is not allowed to go polar bear sightseeing without a permit.
Where can I get a permit?
As a resident, you can apply for a permit by completing an application and send it to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Business and Trade. Find further information and application form here: www.sullissivik.gl (in Danish)
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