No trains and roads between the towns
There are no roads between the towns in Greenland and all transportation is conducted with airplane or ship. The Arctic climate can sometimes be quite extreme, which places big demands on the security during the transportation. These requirements are fully fulfilled by the Greenlandic transport companies. At shorter distances outside the towns the inhabitants travel by their own boats, dogsleds and snowmobiles
Transport with aircrafts
Air Greenland, the airline company of Greenland, handles a great part of the transportation of passengers with its four-engine Dash-7 airplanes, two-engine Dash 8-200 and different types of helicopters. The Dash-7 can carry up to 50 passengers and will typically fly in a height of 4-5 km, which gives the passengers a fantastic view over the ice sheet and glaciers. The Dash 8 design has better cruise performance than the Dash 7, but the aircrafts takes less passengers than the Dash 7.
Helicopters especially serve the towns in South Greenland, North and East Greenland, as well as the small villages.
Transportation with ship
Sailing is another common means of transportation in Greenland. The passenger ship Sarfaq Ittuk from Arctic Umiaq Line is in service from April to December between Qaqortoq in South Greenland and Ilulissat in North Greenland. In the summer season it is a good idea to book tickets well in advance.
The North Greenlandic shipping company, Disko Line, work in all of Disko Bay with several smaller ships. You can book tickets via the webpage www.diskoline.gl
Also in South Greenland, Blue Ice Explorer is sailing with one of their four boats. They are sailing between the towns, Narsarsuaq, Narsaq and Qaqortoq, during summer season. Contact www.bluice.gl for tickets.
For more information about sailing in the bays contact the local tourist office.