Despite its stunning glaciers and fjords, Greenland is often overlooked as a tourism destination. Mainly because it’s so difficult to get there. But on June 1, Icelandair will start rerouting flights, making it easier for Americans to visit the Arctic island.
Presently, there are no direct flights between the U.S. and Greenland. You have two options to get to the island. Either you take a flight that sends you way past Greenland to Copenhagen and then backtrack with a connecting flight, or you fly into Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, then figure out a way to make the hour-long drive to Iceland’s Reykjavik Airport where Greenland-bound flights take off from.
Either way, it’s a complicated trip filled with ever-changing logistics. That’s why Icelandair has decided to start routing flights from the U.S. intended for Greenland’s Nuuk and Ilulissat airports through Iceland’s Keflavik airport. It’s a small change, but it means no more one-hour commutes to Reykjavik.
On top of a more efficient connecting flight, Greenland is also constructing a new international airport in Nuuk, set to be finished by 2024. There’s no word yet on whether the new airport will offer international flight service, but it would make for an easy journey from the U.S.’s East Coast, opening the island up to a flood of tourism.