Info & checklist for Greenland
You’re about to experience a fantastic trip to Greenland. For you to get the most out of your trip we have summarized some advice.
Climate and weather
The Arctic weather on Greenland is whimsical and storms come and go fast. The temperature during high summer can range from 20 degrees celsius (~70℉) during the day and 3-4 minus celsius (26-28℉) at night. It is therefore important that you bring clothes that can handle this.
The "layer-on-layer" principle is preferred, which means you have several thin layers in place of a thick one. This makes it easy for you to put on or take off clothes depending on the current temperature. When looking at the underclothing and the layer closest to the skin it is important that it is made of a functional material, preferably wool. Since we do some walking, it is likely you will get warm, so wearing a layer that breathes is strongly recommended.
Warm middle tier layers are preferred if bad weather comes in and the temperature drops. Using materials that breathe makes your time out in outdoors so much more comfortable. The last garment that is also one of the most important is a rain and wind jacket that can withstand rain and debris for a few days.
A pair of good and comfortable hiking boots may be good to bring along since a lot of the fishing can be done from land. The dry air on Greenland makes your skin dry quickly, so a sun lotion is good to bring along as it also protects against the strong sun.
Polarizing sunglasses is recommended, partly because they properly remove the harmful UV rays but also makes it easier to detect fish through the crystal clear water when you fish. Occasionally we have a lot of mosquitoes and river gnats. Do not let them ruin your trip, so bring mosquito repellent and mosquito nets. Without them you run a big risk of getting crazy!
We also want to point out that we actually have nice weather as well. A participant even changed the camp’s name to Playa del Greenland.
Here's a suggested packing list of things we think you should bring when it comes to clothes
• Wool socks
• Underclothing, thin and thick
• Long sleeve shirt
• Thicker fleece sweater (or similar garments, preferably breathable)
• Rain & wind jacket
• Durable wilderness pants
• Cap, hat and gloves
• A warm sleeping bag
• Insulated air mattress
Our river is ideal for both spin and fly fishing. The fish is untouched and imposes high demands on the equipment. For fly fishing the rod should preferably be of #6-7 and fast action. The reel should be of good quality and handle long and fast rushes/runs. We usually use floating lines in the flowing parts of the river, but in the lakes, a sink tip may be a good option.
The tippets we use are 0.25 mm - 0.35 mm in size, preferably flour-carbon. This material won’t be worn out so quick and is less visible to the fish.
The flies we've been most successful with are Size 4-10 nymphs in strong colors such as purple, pink and red. These are tied up with weights so they dump into the holes quickly.
Streamers in size 4-8 in the same colors as the nymphs. Even a big black Molly Bugger can provide amazing results. These can be tied lighter and be fished a little higher up in the water.
Foam flies are probably most fun to fish with. This is a fly fished on the surface in such a way that it forms a V behind it. Do not go to Greenland without these!
On most civilized places, regular debit/credit cards work, but at it’s a good idea to bring some cash (Danish Kronor).
Last but not least, don’t forget your camera!