- Visit Greenland held its first webinar “Greenland’s tourism now and in the future”
- Visit Greenland and AECO held a Greenland Cruise workshop online in May, due to COVID-19.
- Visit Greenland launched a new campaign and website that provides locals inspiration to travel domestically and give them an overview of staycation package offers: nunarputnuan.gl. If you have a finished package trip targeted local Greenlanders that is not yet on the website, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All advertisements is for package trips alone, but it is free.
- Sermersooq Business held its first international webinar in English, ‘Sustainable tourism destination certification of Nuuk’ on the 15 of May.
- Greenland has been topped the FORBES 30 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Lifetime: Greenland Is For The Well-Traveled Explorer list
- Air Greenland has now changed its ticket conditions for flights from 22 May until the 31 August. To read more please go to the Air Greenland website.
- This year the Arctic Guide students from Campus Kujalleq had the opportunity to take AECO’s Field Staff Online Assessment test that demonstrates knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern Arctic field operators in Greenland. Earlier graduates will also have this opportunity to pass this test in the future.
- The Icelandic airline Icelandair has decided to integrate Air Iceland Connect‘s operations, which so far has been for domestic and regional flights to Greenland. All functions in Air Icelandair Connect such as sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR and IT will be included under Icelandair. Pilots and cabin crew will be employed under the current conditions.
- Sarfaq Ittuk starts its season 1 May out of Nuuk. They will also service Disko Bay and Qeqertarsuaq earlier. Prices are also updated.
- New board members in Visit Greenland
- Staycation – the term for during your vacation in your own city or country – is one of the recovery strategies of tourism in Greenland. Therefore Visit Greenland recommends that local businesses develop products and marketing to match the needs of the locals. Simultaneously, we encourage locals to explore Greenland in 2020 and support local businesses. Stay tuned, Visit Greenland will hold a webinar about a coordinated effort in the near future.
- Arctic Dream has begun cooperating with a manufacturer in Poland that builds Alu boats, so it is now possible to build tourist boats at a good price. A standard boat costs 350,000DKK + shipping. You may contact Lars Anker at info@arcticdream for specifications and he can make a quote for you.
- Coronavirus status: We have a B2C status article in English, Danish and German. We have a B2B status article aimed specifically at the local industry, in Danish and Greenlandic. Keep an eye on these pages to stay up to date with how the pandemic is affecting Greenland.
- Both Air Greenland and Air Iceland Connect are allowing customers and agents to rebook their flights up to the end of April 2021, in light of the travel disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. See their websites for more details.
- New Web Editor at Visit Greenland: Insuk Kim. Insuk has previously been a Student Helper at Visit Greenland. She has already worked a lot with marketing Greenland, including authoring the first ever book about Greenland to be published in South Korea.
- Visit Greenland says goodbye to our previous Web Editor, Anna Maria Jakobsen. Anna has been with us for a year and a half, and as well as taking on the Web Editor position she has been covering the position of Social Media Manager while Arina Kleist has been on maternity leave. Anna moves on to a position as Social Media Manager for Egmont media group.
- New student helper: Johanna Himstedt joins us as a part-time student helper in the Copenhagen office. Johanna will help primarily with web tasks.
- Liz Cooper, who has been covering Tanny Por on Visit Greenland’s content, press and B2B teams for the last year, will begin an industrial PhD with Visit Greenland/Copenhagen Business School on 1st April. The project aims to find strategies for encouraging sustainable behaviour among cruise tourists in Greenland. Liz retains the same contact details at Visit Greenland.
- Our press and B2B colleagues, Tanny and Stine, are back from maternity leave and excited for a new year in Visit Greenland! Contact them on email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Levende Grønland, an educational resource for students, has launched its new website.
- Do you have guests asking about how to eat vegan or vegetarian in Greenland? Why not share this great resource with them.
- Good news for British tourists after Brexit: UK citizens are visa-free to Denmark and Greenland during the transition period, and will continue to be visa-free after the transition period.
- A new company called Vela Nordic will focus on assisting cruises with the development of itineraries and the provision of excursions by land, water and air.
- AECO Community specific guidelines have been published for Nuuk, Paamiut, Tasiilaq and Ittoqqortoormiit.
- Registration for Seatrade Cruise Global – the largest cruise industry gathering in the world, happening in April, – is open. Don’t forget to register soon to secure your place.
- NORDIS magazine, the leading German-language magazine on Scandinavia, will publish a 14-page spread on Greenland in February. Local operators in Greenland have the opportunity to advertise within the article. If you are interested, please contact Martin Elmentaler: email@example.com.
- Icelandic Mountain Guides have just announced new industry courses for next year for guides who need mountain skills or wilderness first aid qualifications.
- New company: Travel by Heart is a new DMC which caters to groups and large events.
- New company: Tuugaaq Travel is a new DMC which caters to groups, individuals, press trips and research expeditions. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit Greenland’s Libris photo database will be featured by Libris in an upcoming email to its clients, on account of the many beautiful photos on our database! There is also a new feature on Libris, which allows users to search within specific galleries. Read more about using Libris here.
- Tasermiut Camp will not be operational this season. This is majorly due to the cancellation of all planned cruise activity.
- This summer, these four operators have offered price reductions for their products with #Staycation to get Greenlandic tourists to East Greenland.
– Arctic Dream APS East Greenland
– Hotel Angmagssalik / Hotel Kulusuk
– Discovery lodge
– Sermilik Adventures
- Tupaarnaq Maqe is appointed as the new director of Destination East Greenland on April 1st, 2020. She replaces Iddimanngiiu Bianco who has served as director for over 2 years.
- Destination East Greenland is looking for a new director. Deadline for applications is 24th February. Read more here.
- Congratulations to Lars Anker Møller and his company Arctic Dream, who achieved first place in the Greenland Tourism Award.
- Icecamp Greenland is finished and ready for customers! The camp has been under construction for 2 years and is now ready to host guests right on the edge of Sermilik Fjord.
- The Destination Management Company Greenland Fiord Tours have launched a new website and a new brochure. Meanwhile, Uummannaq Fjord Tours has closed down.
- Yoga retreats will be offered by Ilulissat Guesthouse and Arctic Friend from October this year. The talented Yin Yoga teacher Kristine Marie Rost will lead two yoga sessions a day and in between you’ll get to explore Greenland’s magical nature. https://arcticfriend.dk/rejsemaal/groenland/vinter/yoga-retreat/
- Greenland Cruises invests in a brand new Targa 37 – a boat that can carry 12 passengers on tours in Ilulissat in summer and Nuuk during the winter.
- Due to greater demand for comfort huts at Glacier Lodge Eqi, World of Greenland is transforming 4 of the standard huts into comfort huts. The new comfort huts are already for sale on the website.
- For the slightly more adventurous, there are now 6 Wilderness Tents at Glacier Lodge Eqi. The tents have a high level of comfort.
- Helicopter tours are now available for booking on World of Greenland’s website.
- The cabin at Igloo Lodge has been expanded so that there is now a twin room per igloo for the really cold nights. There is also a brand new tour leaving from Igloo Lodge every day.
- Konrad Seblon has left his position at Avannaata Kommune. All tourism matters at Avannaata Kommune are now being handled by Aqqalu Jerimiassen. Contact him on: email@example.com
- World of Greenland has expanded Igloo lodge to four times its current capacity, allowing up to 12 guests to overnight there. 6 bedrooms that allow 2 guests each have been built for guests who would prefer to sleep in private quarters. Guests can also gather in a big living room with panorama windows, a gas fireplace, and rustic furniture. This cabin will also be used during the summertime in a combined helicopter, canoe and hiking tour.
- World of Greenland has also bought a brand new 30 m² dome. They hope to place this near the Icefiord so it can be used in summertime as well – maybe as a yoga studio. This winter it will be used for their Inuit Legends tour and Northern Lights Safari. The dome will also be heated with a gas fireplace, rustic furniture and skins.
- World of Greenland has a new corporation with the Ilulissat Women’s Association – read about it here.
- As of the 1st January, the Seaman’s Home has taken over Hotel Avannaa in Ilulissat. Ilulissat Seaman’s Home is due to open on 20th January.
- Sermitsiaq, in collaboration with RealDania, will publish a nationwide newspaper about the upcoming Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat. The newspaper will be published on the 6th and 8th November and will be available online as a PDF at sermitsiaq.ag.
- From January 2020, tourists will be able to rent cross-country skis from Greenland Fiord Tours.
- Uummannaq Fjord Tours has changed its name to Greenland Fiord Tours By Land and Sea. They have also created a subsidiary company called North Greenland Cruise Services, which offers harbour services, boat tours, helicopter tours and shore excursions for cruise ships.
- New operator – Ilulissat Unique Tours. Offering snowmobile excursions in the Ilulissat area using local guides.
- In May 2021, Best Western hotels will open the Best Western Plus in Ilulissat. This sustainable hotel will have 78 rooms, a restaurant and a large roof terrace, and is being built and operated by a group of local investors.
- New product from North Greenland Adventure: Icecap View, Ilulissat. This is a restaurant with seating for 35 guests and accommodation for 20 people, situated close to the icefjord. It is open between November and April and reached by walking, cross country skiing, dog sledding, helicopter, or snow mobile.
- Albatros Travel’s renovation of Hotel Hvide Falk, Ilulissat, will begin in November. This huge renovation project will extend over a period of a few years.
- Greenland will get it’s fourth Seaman’s Home Hotel as Hotel Avannaa in Ilulissat becomes a part of the franchise. From the beginning of 2020, the hotel will be known as Ilulissat Seamen’s Home.
- Arctic Living Ilulissat is the name of a brand new sled dog centre in Ilulissat. Housing 32 dogs, tourists can visit to see presentations about dogsledding, visit the dogs and see them being fed. In the winter, the centre will also offer dogsled tours. It is planned that the centre will open soon.
- Hotel Nordlys are developing a new product: a sky hut with a great view in Oqaatsut. Contact Ole Dorph to learn more.
- North Greenland Adventure have built a hut by Sikujuitsoq and offers ice fishing tours. Contact Piitaq Magnussen to learn more.
DESTINATION DISKO BAY
- Disko Bay Tours has launched its new website.
- Lola Christensen, Tourism Coordinator for Qasigiannguit, had success last month when she held a presentation on dog sledding for tourists. There were 30 attendees.
- Since its change of ownership in 2018, Hotel Disko Island has thoroughly renovated its restaurant, kitchen, reception and bar. The Hotel re-opened in July 2019 with new interior design, brand new chefs offering a new menu, as well as new panoramic windows which enhance the hotel’s amazing view. During the high season Hotel Disko Island arranges guided city walks in Qeqertarsuaq as well as walks to Kuannit.
- New Tourism coordinator in Qasigiannguit,
Tlf. (+299) 70 19 00 and (+299) 38 71 46
S. M. Saxtorphsvej 1
Postboks 113 – 3951 Qasigiannguit
Destination Arctic Circle
Has launched its new tourism website arcticcircle.gl
- In mid-March, there was a consultation deadline on the EIA report on the road between Kangerlussuaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq, which is the first stage of two on the planned road. Qeqqata Kommunia plans to start the road construction this summer.
- Arctic Circle Race has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Louise Lynge Berthelsen, formerly of Nuuk Couture, will be the new director for Arctic Circle Business.
- The Arctic Hiking Festival has announced its dates: 21st – 26th July 2020. The festival focuses on creating activities, experiences and new friendships while protecting the beautiful arctic nature. Learn more about the festival here.
- Sisimiut Kayak Center are proud to introduce 3 new tours:
- The Traditional Qajaq tour: this Tour is open to everyone, even young children. The traditional qajaqs are designed to be very stable. For young children they place a flotation system which makes it impossible to capsize. This can also be used for adults. The qajaq will be equipped with a harpoon and avataq, so guests can try to throw the harpoon.
- 2 day dogsled and kayak trip: an immersion in an Inuit hunter’s life.
- Greenland Roll Camp, August 6th – August 9th: with Emanoraaq Nathansen, several time Greenlandic champion of the roll competition. SKC can also organise a Greenland roll demonstration for cruise ships.
- Brand new kayak centre in Sisimiut, run by Julien Caquineau: Offering a variety of kayak tours, SUP tours, kayak rental, and much more. Bookings can be made through: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arctic Circle Business has named Susanne Høegh as its new acting director. Applications for the director’s position closed on November 11th.
- This summer you will find Site Guides in both Qassiarsuk and Igaliku. These two settlements are not only part of Kujataa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, but they were also chosen as national points of interest by Greenland Visitor Center. They will maintain the precious Norse ruins and reconstructions as well as lead tours for any visitors.
- You can expect a smooth landing at Qassiarsuk, Itilleq (near Igaliku) and Upernaviarsuk this summer! New floating docks are being created as we speak with installation expected in early June.
- South Greenland is looking forward to hosting a string of events this summer, COVID-19 compliment, of course!
– Summer Solstice Festival (Ullortunersiorneq) will be the entire week leading up to National Day, 21 June, in Qaqortoq. Nanortalik and Narsaq hold Culture Week at the same time.
– Qaqortoq Marathon takes place 1 August in Qaqortoq
– Leif Eriksson Marathon (Leif den Lykkelige Maraton / Leif Iluanaarajooq Maraton) takes place 22 August in Qassiarsuk
- The Ipiutaq Guesthouse & tourism activities are for sale. Note, this does not mean the sheep farm is for sale.
- New restaurant in Qaqortoq: NiNu Arctic Kitchen. Tasting menu from award-winning chef and owner Inunnguaq Hegelund and live music on the weekends.
- Site Guides: In summer 2020 there will be local Site Guides in Qassiarsuk and Igaliku. They will lead tours based on local knowledge and tell about local culture and history.
- New UNESCO exhibit at Qaqortoq Museum: 25 drawings by Greenlandic artist Konrad Nuka Godtfredsen. The drawings help to visualise how present-day ruin sites looked during the Viking period up to 1000 years ago.
- New multi-day excursion with Greenland Sagalands – “Kujammut”: Experience Uunartoq Fjord in several different ways for three days. Includes a relaxing dip in the Uunartoq hot springs, a visit to Alluitsoq, a German missionary from the 19th century, and a tent camp on a small scale mining area.
- MICE possibilities developing: 3 large international events on the way in Summer 2020. Visit South Greenland is on the planning committee of two of them as Event Planner consultant.
- Greenland Air Trophy, June: Narsarsuaq will be filled with small airplanes from around the world that will use the runway at Narsarsuaq International Airport for various flying competitions such as Shortest Landing. An international association called Air Trophy, which has members from many countries, hosts this event.
- North Atlantic Native Sheep & Wool Conference, July: Hotel Narsarsuaq is the venue for this 10 year anniversary event that focuses on the development of wool production in North Atlantic countries. The Agricultural Consulting Services of Greenland is the host.
- Greenland Exploration and Mining conference, August: Hotel Qaqortoq will be the venue for this conference that aims to increase knowledge about local mining possibilities for both academic and local markets. The Government of Greenland and the municipality of South Greenland are co-hosts.
- Around 35 people took part in South Greenland’s strategy workshop in late February.
- New adventure experience in UNESCO site: the lakeside Qanisartuut Farm and hostel offers hiking and kayaking opportunities, as well as local guiding and cultural experiences at the on-site UNESCO Information Center, and with kaffemik and storytelling in the farm owners’ home.
- New accommodation coming in Narsarsuaq: A new hostel with space for up to 10 guests is on its way in Narsarsuaq. More information in the coming months.
- Trade activities: In the 1st quarter, Visit South Greenland particioated in the Greenlandic Government’s Trade Mission to Berlin and Paris, Mid-atlantic in Reykjavik and 5 Countries Workshop in London.
- Strategy Workshop: The tourism development strategy for Kommune Kujalleq will be updated with contributions from all local operators in the region. A strategy workshop will be held on 18th and 19th February in Qaqortoq.
- Instructor Course from Campus Kujalleq: The first course takes place in Ilulissat from 1st – 5th February. This is a mini course that aims to qualify key people within the tourism industry as instructors, so that they can involve and educate extra workers during the high season when they are needed the most.
- Inunnguaq Hegelund is back for good in South Greenland, opening a new permanent restaurant in Qaqortoq. It is planned that the restaurant will open in January on the site of the former restaurant Lallaatis.
- Innovation South Greenland A / S (the business development company in South Greenland) is officially up and running! Director Allan Chemnitz started on October 1st. Innovation South Greenland is responsible for the development of the region in business, tourism and hunting / fishing. Sarah Woodall continues as Tourism Destination Manager at Innovation South Greenland.
- Hotel Narsarsuaq are freshening up the hotel and the restaurant menu and will be serving even better food in future
- Jacky Simoud, the founder, owner and long-standing manager of Blue Ice Explorer, Narsarsuaq, is retiring at the end of this year. We thank Jacky for his contribution to the development and promotion of tourism in South Greenland..
- Yggdrasil Theme Park – The Legendary World of Norse Mythology: In September/October, Norse Theme Parks in partnership with Trida Media will launch an ambitious initiative to help boost tourism and awareness of the period when Norsemen settled southern Greenland.
- Chef Inunnguaq Hegelund is back for a limited time only, cooking at Lal’laati’s Pop Up in Qaqortoq, from 16th September until 2nd October.
UPCOMING PRESS TRIPS (2nd quarter)
All press trips are currently on hold because of the Coronavirus outbreak. We are continuing to plan press trips for the summer onwards.
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