Ice Fishing on the Fjord

Traditional Greenlandic fishing on the frozen fjord

During the frozen winter months, Greenlandic fjord fishermen return to the age-old techniques developed centuries ago by their Inuit ancestors. On this ice fishing excursion, you too can try your hand at these traditional fishing methods and learn how locals have adapted to life in the Arctic winter.

Every winter when Kangerlussuaq Fjord, known in English as ”the big fjord”, freezes, sailors return to shore as their boats are pulled from the unnavigable waters. These seemingly lifeless waters are a sure signal that winter has taken hold! However, even in these frigid temperatures, life buzzes both above and below the surface with local residents and visitors enjoying popular winter activities, such as sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

On our ice fishing excursion, we will drive about 13 km (8 mi) from Kangerlussuaq, and then, venture onto the frozen fjord in search of our perfect fishing spot.

Arriving well-prepared with our ice drill, we will bore our way through the thick surface and drop our hooked fishing line in hopes of great catch. There are usually many fish, primarily cod bites, but it is important to remain both patient and vigilant, giving the line a gentle pull once in a while.

While you are testing your luck at ice fishing, the excursion guide will serve up hot drinks along with a fishing story or two.

The weather is typically calm, but the conditions are cold, so it is necessary to outfit yourself with the appropriate outwear to fully enjoy the nature, fresh polar air and relax.


Destination: Kangerlussuaq
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: 1 of 5
Season: February - April


Practical information


  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Fishing gear
  • Bait