Through the Airplane Window: Videos of Flying in Greenland


Come fly with me!

Do you like flight videos? Are you the kind of person that likes to visualize what it looks like to land in a country before you travel there? Are you just daydreaming of Greenland?

Well, if you can look past the foggy windows (figuratively, that is) and, at times, shaky filming, then these videos of landing and taking off from various airports and heliports around Greenland (and at different times of the year) can give you the right impression that Greenland is the most majestic place on this earth!

Disclaimer: Every time I shoot one of these videos, I have the highest and most earnest hopes to edit them, add great music, etc. but it just never happens. So I’m abandoning those dreams and simply putting the videos here in their rawest form – take it or leave it! 🙂

The videos are ordered alphabetically by town name.


Late Spring arrival to Illorsuit, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in North Greenland)


Late Spring departure from Ilulissat, Greenland via Air Greenland (town in North Greenland, International Airport)


Late Spring arrival to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in Destination Arctic Circle, International Airport)


Late Winter arrival to Kulusuk, Greenland via Air Iceland (settlement in East Greenland, International Airport)

Mid Spring departure from Kulusuk, Greenland via Air Iceland (settlement in East Greenland, International Airport)

Early Summer departure from Kulusuk, Greenland via Air Iceland (settlement in East Greenland, International Airport)


Late Winter arrival to Narsaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in South Greenland)


Late Winter arrival to Narsarsuaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in South Greenland, International Airport)


Late Spring arrival to Nugaatsiaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in North Greenland)


Mid Winter departure from Nuuk, Greenland via Air Iceland (capital city, International Airport)

Late Spring arrival to Nuuk, Greenland via Air Greenland (capital city, International Airport)


Late Spring departure from Qaarsut, Greenland via Air Greenland (settlement in North Greenland)


Late Winter arrival to Qaqortoq, Greenland via Air Greenland (town in South Greenland)


Early summer departure from Tasiilaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (town in East Greenland)


Late Spring arrival to Uummannaq, Greenland via Air Greenland (town in North Greenland)

Greenland Ice Sheet

Mid Winter flying over East Greenland and Greenland Ice Sheet via Icelandair (no landing)

Early Spring flying over Greenland Ice Sheet and West Greenland via Icelandair (no landing)

Early Summer flying over West Greenland via Icelandair (no landing)


PHOTO GALLERY: Colourful Greenland

Erik the Red should have called Greenland “Rainbowland” instead 🙂 Reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, indigos, violets, whites and everything in between – it all exists in the nature here!


Qaqortoq, January 2014 (Photo credit: Pilu Nielsen via Facebook)


Nuuk, September 2013


Ilulissat, April 2013


Ilulissat, April 2013


Somewhere between Nuuk and Maniitsoq, August 2012


Nuuk, December 2013


Uummannaq, June 2013


Nuuk, August 2012

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Ilulissat, August 2013

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Sisimiut, August 2013

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Kangerlussuaq, August 2013


Nuuk (Ilulialik), August 2012


Nuuk, September 2012


Somewhere between Sisimiut and Ilulissat, August 2012


Ilulissat Ice Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage Site, June 2012


Kangerlussuaq, March 2013


Nuuk, August 2012


Uummannaq, June 2012


Ilulissat Ice Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage Site, April 2013


Sisimiut, August 2013


Ilulissat, August 2013

PHOTO GALLERY: Midnight Sun in Greenland

Photo taken at 10:15 PM on 28 June 2012 in Ilulissat, Greenland (69*N)P1000512

Photo taken at 11:00 PM on 22 June 2012 in Uummannaq, Greenland (70*N)P1000256

Photo taken at 11:00 PM on 25 June 2012 in Ilulissat, Greenland (69*N)P1000424

Photo taken at 11:50 PM on 5 June 2013 in Uummannaq, Greenland (70*N)P1010158

Photo taken at 12:30 AM on 29 June 2012 in Ilulissat, Greenland (69*N)IMG_0682

Photo taken at 12:30 AM on 8 June 2013 in Uummannaq, Greenland (70*N)P1010267

PHOTO GALLERY: Greenland Towns & Settlements

Here is a one stop shop for town photos of every town and settlement I have visited, plus some quick facts! The order is clockwise, starting with East Greenland and finishing with North Greenland.

Sources: Wikipedia for coordinates… for population statistics 

Greenland // 2012 Population: 56,749 (Combined Greenland-born and other)

Greenland // 2022 Projected Population: 56,755 (Combined Greenland-born and other) // 2032 Projected Population: 56,184 (” “) // 2040 Projected Population: 55,386 (” “)

Tasiilaq // 65*N 37*W // 2012 Population: 2,004 (Town) // Photos date: 24-26 April 2013


Kulusuk // 65*N 37*W // 2012 Population: 280 (Settlement) // Photo date: 28 April 2013


Qaqortoq // 60*N 46*W // 2012 Population: 3,297 (Town) // Photo date: No Photo

Narsaq // 60*N 46*W // 2012 Population: 1,581 (Town) // Photo date: 15 August 2012


Arsuk // 61*N 48*W // 2012 Population: 128 (Settlement) // Photo date: 15-16 August 2012


Paamiut // 61*N 49*W // 2012 Population: 1,568 (Town) // Photo date: 16 August 2012


Qeqertarsuatsiaat // 63*N 50*W // 2012 Population: 196 (Settlement) // Photo date: 14-17 August 2012


Kangeq // 64*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Ruins) // Photo date: 21 April 2013

See here for summer pictures and a fun story about my friend’s afternoon in Kangeq. Her summer trip there was considerably more pleasant than mine!


Nuuk // 64*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 16,181 (Town) // Photo date: 1 June-12 August 2012, 11 June 2013


Qoornoq // 64*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Summer settlement) // Photo date: 3 July 2012


Maniitsoq // 65*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 2,715 (Town) // Photo date: 18 August 2012


Kangaamiut // 65*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 351 (Settlement) // Photo date: 20 August 2012


Sisimiut // 66*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 5,571 (Town) // Photo date: 18 August 2012


Kangerlussuaq // 67*N 50*W // 2012 Population: 513 (Settlement) // Photo date: 8-13 March 2013


Aasiaat // 68*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 3,146 (Town) // Photo date: 19 August 2012


Ilimanaq // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 61 (Settlement) // Photo date: 8 April 2013, 11 June 2013

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Ilulissat // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 4,621 (Town) // Photo date: 27 June 2012, 26 March-10 April 2013


Oqaatsut // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 50 (Settlement) // Photo date: 30 June 2012, 11 June 2013

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Qullissat // 70*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Abandoned) // Photo date: 24 June 2012


Qaarsut // 70*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 171 (Settlement) // Photo date: No Photo

Uummannaq // 70*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 1,280 (Town) // Photo date: 22 June 2012, 5-6 June 2013


To the Heart of Greenland – Uummannaq! (Taste of Greenland)

(From Friday 22 June 2012)

The fog was still pretty heavy today, but we got word that Air Greenland was running flights, so I went ahead and checked in at the airport.  As my boarding time got closer and closer and then passed, I got a little nervous that maybe I would not get out of Ilulissat, after all!  About twenty minutes after the plane was originally supposed to leave, we got an announcement that between luggage and passengers, the weight might be too much.  So all the passengers had to line up at the check-in counter to be weighed individually on the baggage scale!  Evidently we were close enough to the weight limit because we were all allowed onto the plane!  Once we had taxied and actually taken off the runway, everyone broke into a great applause!  It was one of those moments when people did not believe it until they saw it actually happen.  And away I went to Uummannaq!

I should start by saying that Uummannaq is THE most beautiful place that I have seen in Greenland thus far!  It is an island with a town of less than 1,500 inhabitants crawling up the base of a 1,170-meter tall mountain.  Uummannaq means “heart-shaped” or something similar in Greenlandic, and some people say the town is named so because this mountain has two rounded peaks that look like the top of a heart.  Other people say that many places are called Uummannaq because when hunters and fishermen return from a trip and first get a glimpse of their hometown mountain on the horizon, their hearts are suddenly filled with a warm and happy feeling because they know they have made it home safely once more!

I feel SO lucky to be able to experience this town!  Maybe it is the mountain wearing off on me, but I get a pretty warm and happy feeling being here myself!  In Nuuk, I have met a couple of people who are from Uummannaq, and they both have so much pride in their roots here.  Now having seen it firsthand, I can understand why.  I would want to be from here also!  This town – the small size, the quiet and slower pace of life, the smell of the icebergs, the howling of land-bound sledge dogs… I did not know it until now, but THIS is where I wanted to live when I came to Greenland!  THIS is what I dreamed of!


As if the ambience of the town was not impressive enough, a midnight feast at the private home of Ann Andreasen proved that people who can change the world are not just in big cities – they exist everywhere, even in the far reaches of the Earth!  The Children’s Home has roots back to 1929, but it really started becoming what it is today in 1992.  Ann welcomes, cares for, and nurtures children from troubled homes from all around the country.  She has such a big heart, taking in these children who basically have no other chance, and she thinks nothing is unattainable.  The program has gained recognition all over the world, winning multiple awards and grants and even being featured in the soon-to-be-released movie, Inuk (see my blog post titled, “Inuk”).  For more information on the Children’s Home, see here:

Walking into Ann’s home is like walking into the coziest, most authentic museum that ever existed!  It is simply oozing with Greenlandic culture and history – beaded crafts, tupilaks, furniture made from wood and bones, artwork, photographs, polar bear skulls, furs, books, and the list goes on.  Narvhal (narwhal) tusks lean in the corners of the living room, and there is such a surplus of them that they even serve as curtain rods!

For dinner, Ann gave us a meal that rivaled a Thanksgiving Feast!  The table was set with beautiful linens, hand-beaded coasters with Greenlandic Flag designs, tall candlesticks, bottles of wine, and large platters of fish, salad, vegetables, and Greenlandic lamb soup.  As a sort of pre-feast blessing, one of Ann’s staff members, a young Venezuelan man named Ron Davis Alvarez whose aim is to use music to connect with people around the world, played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on the violin.  The music plus the welcoming nature of Ann and her staff was simply overwhelming!  And so began dinner at midnight, and it went well into the two o’clock hour!

(From Saturday 23 June 2012)

Today the Taste of Greenland film crew, Ace & Ace, shot various scenes around Uummannaq; they also went fishing for ammasetter, a sardine-like fish, with a few of the kids from the Children’s Home.  There was not a single tourist in Uummannaq for me to interview, so I was free to accompany the Taste of Greenland crew for the day!  In the morning, I went sailing with Anne Mette and Adrian to get shots of the icebergs and the town from the sea.

After lunch, Anders and I went up to the Children’s Home to clean the ammasetter that the crew had caught.  Cut off the heads, cut off the tails, snip the fins, and clean out the insides!  There were probably more than fifty fish to clean, but it went quickly with teamwork 🙂

In the afternoon, I went with Esben, Eskil, and Yuki to film Chris walking around and into the local supermarket, Pilersuisoq.  This was the first time that I had seen Chris working in front of a rolling camera, and it was great to see the show from “behind-the-scenes”!  Chris really is a natural – he did not have a script, no rehearsals… just going with it and making it entertaining.  Which it was!

The final event for the evening was shooting the cooking scene – again, this was the first one that I had seen so it was very exciting for me to see the whole process!  The site was a small hill on the outskirts of town looking out toward the large peninsula called Nussuaq.

All of the filming equipment had to be carried up to the site and unpacked, cameras positioned and focused correctly, Chris’ cutting board and mis-en-place arranged, and a fire started… the set up process took longer than the actual show!  Once everything was perfect and ready, it was quiet on the set and cameras rolling!

After the cooking scene, Ann and some of the kids from the Children’s Home came up to the site to be filmed dining on the ammasetter that they had helped catch earlier in the day.  They also brought more food and the whole lot of us had dinner up on that hill in the midnight sun!  And, just as on the first night, Ron Davis Alvarez serenaded us with his beautiful violin music while the others sang a traditional Greenlandic song!