Travel activities in remote parts of Greenland

Welcome to the official website for expeditions and research projects in remote parts of Greenland

The Government of Greenland, more specifically the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Justice, is happy to announce that it has taken over the administration of the Executive Order on Access to and Conditions for Travelling in Certain Parts of Greenland as of February 2010.

A permit is required for all expeditions to the area covered by the Executive Order. You can download the Executive Order under Legislations or click HERE for direct access.

Please find a map of the area covered by the Executive Order and a description of where and when an expedition permit is required under Logistics or click HERE for direct access.

All applicants for travel in remote areas of Greenland must now use the new application form available for download under Procedure and Forms. It is furthermore strongly recommended to read the cover letter (download under Procedure and Forms), which describes the application process and requirements to obtain a permit. You should read the cover letter even though you have applied for a permit before, since there are several new rules and deadlines. All applications and documents should be send to exp@nanoq.gl.

Please do also note that applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of 4000 Danish kroner per expedition.

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The Ilulissat Icefjord is a World Heritage (UNESCO) Site, which requires a separate access permit. Applicants, who would like to be granted access, will need to apply for an exemption of the Government Order No. 10 of 15 June 2007. Find a map of the site, information about the application process and the application form HERE

Please be aware that you may also need other additional permits for example:

- Access permit to protected areas, contact the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Justice at paian@nanoq.gl

- Export permit for CITES species (Washington Convention), contact the Cites Office at citeskontor@nanoq.gl

- A survey licence for the acquisition, collection or a combination of both of genetic resources in connection with research into biological resources, read more at:

-Survey licence for the acquisition, collection or a combination of both of genetic resources in connection with research into biological resources, contact the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources at: isiin@nanoq.gl

- Research permits for studies on wildlife and fish; contact the Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture at apnn@nanoq.gl

- Studies involving animal welfare and handling of wildlife; contact the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources at: isiin@nanoq.gl

- Studies involving cultural heritage:; contact the Ministry of Education, Research and Nordic Cooperation at iiin@nanoq.gl

- Archaeological studies, collection of fossils and meteoroids; contact the Greenland National Museum and Archive at nka@natmus.gl

- An area allotment for establishing camps or setting up ground based instruments for more than 2 months; contact the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Justice at paian@nanoq.gl

- Activities related to mineral resources including geological surveys etc. are permitted only according to licenses granted by the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum, which can be contacted at bmp@nanoq.gl

Application forms for such permits can be downloaded under Procedures and Forms - Additional Permits, but should be send to the responsible Ministries and Authorities as stated above.

 

If you have questions you are welcome to contact the Expedition Office, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Justice by any of the following means: mail: paian@nanoq.gl - fax: +299 32 52 86, phone: +299 34 67 32.

Please only call during phone hours, which are:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; and

Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.