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Angling & Hunting in South Greenland
Narsarsuaq is an excellent base for a fishing holiday. All you need is a plane ticket and your fishing gear! In Narsarsuaq you can stay in a hotel or, alternatively, at a hostel, where you can cook your freshly caught fish. We then take you by boat on day trips to the fishing spots. If you would you like to spend several days at the same river, you can bring a tent and cooking equipment and arrange a time to be picked up. The possibilities are endless.
There are also excellent opportunities for trophy hunting in South Greenland.
Bring the whole family and let the members who are less interested in angling or hunting join some of our day tours from Narsarsuaq or purchase a full package tour.
Please contact us for further information.
Arctic char fishing in South Greenland
Arctic char migrate up the rivers to spawn from late July to September. This is when they get their characteristic gorgeous reddish colour. They stay in the rivers and lakes throughout the winter, but in May and June the adult fish migrate back to the fjords again. At this time of the year, they are more silvery in colour and stay close to the shore, where they can be caught from small peninsulas, rock outcroppings and piers.
In the Narsarsuaq area you will find both clear-water rivers that are perfect for fly fishing and cloudier ones fed by glacial meltwater that are better to fish with a spinner. In both cases, there is an abundance of fish!
Tourists are required to buy a fishing license when fishing in Greenland. It costs about DKK 300 (EUR 41) for one week and must be purchased at the local post office. You can order a fishing license in advance by sending us an email with your name and we will make sure that it is ready when you arrive.
You can read more about the various rivers in the Narsarsuaq area below. Transport to the fishing grounds is by boat, with the exception of Narsarsuaq River, which can be reached on foot. However, it must be crossed with a tractor to get to the best fishing spot.
See also the package tour: Fishing 6 days
The river consists of meltwater from the nearby glacier mixed with some clear-water creeks. You will find excellent fishing conditions at these spots. After the tractor drops you off, it is about half an hour’s walk to the best fishing spot.
This is a minor river with a pool and a waterfall, where you can actually see the char jump as they work their way upstream! This spot is only about a 5-10 minute walk from the boat.
The river is fed with meltwater from the big glaciers north of Narsarsuaq. Our experience is that this is the place where you catch the biggest char (up to 5 kg). The fishing spot is about a half an hour’s walk along the river from where the boat drops you off.
Ilua is one of the best clear-water rivers in the area. The river is about 4 km long and ends in a 3 km long lake. The river has both strong currents and areas with clear pools, so you can use a spinner and engage in fly fishing. Furthermore, you can fish at both ends of the lake. You must walk for about one hour from the place where the boat drops you off.
Note: Ilua River is under a fishing concession, which entails an extra fee of EUR 79 / DKK 570 per person per day to fish there.
Rates for the 2017 season
|Transfer to the rivers (return)
||EUR/DKK per person
||69 / 500
||110 / 800
||124 / 900
||138 / 1,000
* Min. 2 persons
Trophy hunting in South Greenland
Bow or rifle hunting in Greenland. The local outfitter Frank Feldmann specializes in bow hunting for muskox and wild free range caribou in the mountains far north of the reindeer farm areas in South Greenland. You can read more about these highly recommended hunts at: Bowhuntinggreenland.com.
Blue Ice also works together with the Icelandic company LAX-Á, which has established a first-rate wilderness camp in a breathtakingly beautiful area close to the ice cap (Sermilik Glacier) west of Narsaq. From here you can go hunting for caribou and musk ox with experienced guides or try Arctic char fishing in pristine wilderness.
Caribou in South Greenland
The caribou in South Greenland originate from tame Norwegian reindeer that were introduced to Greenland back in the 1950s. The number of caribou fluctuates considerably from year to year, but over the past few decades the population has increasingly stabilized and regulated hunting is of great importance.
Musk oxen in South Greenland
The musk oxen in Greenland are native to the North and North-east, but were unable to migrate farther south due to the large glaciers and fjords that serve as barriers. In the early 1960s, though, 27 musk ox were introduced to West Greenland and this population has grown substantially over the years so that today the musk oxen thrive at several locations in West and South Greenland.