How to Find Cheap Flights to Qaanaaq
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Airports with Direct Flights From the United Kingdom
In most cases, you cannot book from the United Kingdom directly to Qaanaaq. It’s necessary to fly to Ilulissat Airport (JAV) and connect there. When planning your cheap flights to Qaanaaq, remember to add the prices together.
Airlines That Fly to Qaanaaq From the United Kingdom
Air Iceland flies to Illusiat Airport via Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport (KEF), which you can reach from most places in the United Kingdom. If you would rather fly with Air Greenland, you also have the option of flying from the United Kingdom to Copenhagen Airport (CPH) first and finding your first connection there. In some cases, this is actually less expensive than flying direct from the United Kingdom.
As you arrive, you can catch a glimpse of the two runways of Qaanaaq Airport below. The airport is just about a mile from the village of Qaanaaq. The runways are about 3,000 feet long. Flights to Qaanaaq from Illusiat are, therefore, all turboprop.
When to Go
The best time to visit Qaanaaq is in the spring. Qaanaq is 750 miles above the Arctic Circle, so the winter is one long night. If you want to see the aurora borealis, visit on a date close to the rising of the sun. Then, you can enjoy the sight of the northern lights and still enjoy sunlight a few days later.
What's the Weather Like?
During the winter, the average temperature is -23 degrees Celsius. The record low is near -62 degrees Celsius. In the summer time, it's usually between -1 and 4 degrees. The record high is 20 degrees.
City Guide: What to See and Do
Even if your plan includes last-minute flights to Qaanaaq, it'd be wise to plan a couple of activities. One of the most popular things to do is to take dog sled tours of Qaanaaq. If you decide to travel around by dog sled, always take a knowledgeable guide with you.
You can also experience Greenland’s Inuit culture. The present Thule Inuit are descended from the Dorset Culture of some 4,500 years ago. The kayak, for example, is Greenland’s national symbol, and you can take tours in one. Periodically, there are dancing and musical shows by the natives of Qaanaaq. If you want to purchase souvenirs, remember that whale ivory, including scrimshaw, might be restricted. Find out about the necessary permits before embarking.
If you’re an animal lover, you can take tours to see polar bears and seals. You might even spot a sea eagle or raven with your binoculars. If you like to hike, you can also walk to the edge of the world's second-largest ice cap with an experienced guide. In all, Greenland provides rare experiences for the intrepid traveller.
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