Greenland Travel Budget - Visit Greenland on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Greenland?

You should plan to spend around $260 (kr1,775) per day on your vacation in Greenland. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $73 (kr500) on meals
  • $52 (kr357) on local transportation
  • $285 (kr1,947) on hotels

A one week trip to Greenland for two people costs, on average, $3,636 (kr24,845). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Greenland cost?

A one week trip to Greenland usually costs around $1,818 (kr12,422) for one person and $3,636 (kr24,845) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Greenland on average costs around $3,636 (kr24,845) for one person and $7,272 (kr49,690) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Greenland will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Greenland on average costs around $7,792 (kr53,239) for one person and $15,584 (kr106,478) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Greenland?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Greenland is $932 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Greenland expensive to visit?

Greenland is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Greenland is very expensive compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in Europe for its travel costs. There are only a few countries as expensive or more expensive than Greenland in the region.

For more details, see Is Greenland Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Greenland?

The average Greenland trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Greenland travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) kr1,947 ($285)
Local Transportation 1 kr357 ($52)
Food 2 kr500 ($73)
Entertainment 1 kr318 ($47)
Alcohol 2 kr107 - 321 ($16 - 47)
Accommodation Budget in Greenland
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Greenland is $143 (kr974). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Greenland is $285 (kr1,947). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Greenland

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Local Transportation Budget in Greenland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Greenland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $52 (kr357) per person, per day, on local transportation in Greenland.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in Greenland
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Greenland can vary, the average cost of food in Greenland is $73 (kr500) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Greenland should cost around $29 (kr200) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Greenland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Greenland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Greenland typically cost an average of $47 (kr318) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Greenland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $31 (kr214) on alcoholic beverages in Greenland per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Greenland On a Budget
Greenland Greenland
Greenland is the largest island in the world that is not its own continent. It is located in the far northeast of North America and is mostly found within the Arctic. It was granted self government from Denmark in 1979 and then more recently voted for autonomy as its own country with only formal ties left to Denmark. Currently, Copenhagen is still responsible for foreign affairs but many people predict that eventually Greenland will have full independence.

Greenland is about the size of Mexico, although looking at it on a flat map can be very misleading, as it looks about the size of Africa. It also has the world's lowest population density. Particularly in the small towns, there are very few signs for restaurants or hotels, so you may have to ask where you can eat or stay. Nobody will mind giving you directions as they likely know where everything is and are often eager to help.

Southern Greenland is jokingly called the "banana coast" by locals as this is where you will experience the least extreme temperatures, although it is still bitterly cold. It is also the most accessible part of Greenland. This area has many beautiful fjords and mountains, as well as flowering plants and fertile land, all next to icebergs and glaciers. Western Greenland is what is typically thought of when one envisions Greenland. There are dogsled trips, houses with with fish and sharkmeat hanging out front, and large icebergs floating in the ocean. Eastern Greenland is sparsely populated, even by Greenland standards and Northern Greenland is predominantly occupied by Northeast Greenland National Park.
At A Glance
  • Although there are several cruises that visit Greenland, in general, flying is your only way to reach the country. Trans-oceanic flights arrive in either Kangerlussuaq or Narsarsuaq. This limited accessibility mean that traveling to Greenland is quite expensive. Travel agents may be your best option when arranging flights because they occasionally know of discounts through Greenland Tourism.

  • Once you're in Greenland, it can be a difficult place to travel around. The sparse population and a lack of infrastructure mean that many parts of the country are completely inaccessible. There is no road or rail system, so the easiest way to travel is by plane. Air Greenland is the best domestic airline. During the summer months destinations between Narsarsuaq and Uummannaq on the west coast can be reach by Arctic Umiaq passenger ships.

  • The official language of Greenland is Greenlandic. This is most commonly used along the western coast, but in the east the dialect is slightly different. Both languages are quite difficult to learn due to the challenging pronunciation. Almost all Greenlanders also speak Danish and some have a decent understanding of English. It's worth trying to learn a few words in Greenlandic though as this can greatly improve your experience.

  • The official currency of Greenland is the Danish Krone. In touristy areas the Icelandic krona, Euros, Sterling, and US Dollars may also be accepted. While the number of places that accept credit and debit cards continues to rise, Greenland is still predominantly a cash economy. Hotels and major chains may take credit cards, but otherwise it's best to be prepared to pay with cash. Every town has at least one ATM and many banks will give cash advances on credit cards.

  • There are some fascinating souvenirs you can buy in Greenland. Inuit art and crafts are interesting. Sealskin is made into belts, purses, coats, and almost anything else. Duty free items are also available including alcohol and cigarettes.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Ilulissat Icefjord: This fjord is located in western Greenland and is well worth a visit. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

The Midnight Sun: In the northern two thirds of Greenland there are several days to weeks during the summer months when the sun does not set. The summer solstice, June 21st, is a national holiday. It is a truly unique experience to be somewhere that the sun does not go down. During the winter months the reverse is true and it is always dark.

Norse Settlements: It is possible to see the remains of several Norse Settlements in Southern Greenland. In Igaliku there are the remains of a Greenlandic cathedral and a reconstruction of Thorhilda's church is seen in Qassiarsuk.

Popular Foods
Cuisine in Greenland is historically made with the meat of marine mammals, game, birds or fish. There is a significant amount of protein in the traditional dishes. After colonization the cuisine was greatly influenced by Danish and Canadian cultures. Restaurants today often have a mix of traditional dishes and more international options. During the summer months it is not uncommon to eat outdoors.

Suaasat: This is the national dish of Greenland. It's a traditional soup that is usually made with either seal or whale, reindeer or sea birds. It also has onions and potatoes and is flavored with salt, pepper and a bay leaf. It can be thickened with either rice or soaked barley.

Ammassat: Seafood in Greenland is often smoked. In particular, this fish is a favorite. It is in the salmon family and is easily dried.

Arfivik: This is a popular dish made with Bowhead whale. The whale meat is smoked and served with onions and potatoes.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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