The Greenlandic Harbour Pilot on the internet (www.gronlandskehavnelods.dk) contains updated information on 93 Greenlandic harbours (towns, settlements and stations).
The information about the harbours in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot is published and maintained by the Danish Geodata Agency, which means that the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot is an official nautical publication.
The information in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot reflects the information that the harbour pilot’s editorial team has received about the harbours over time.
In this connection, the Danish Geodata Agency wishes to particularly thank those persons and institutions, who have contributed to the information gathering and the supply of material.
Retired master mariner Fritz Ploug Nielsen, Royal Arctic Line, has been responsible for gathering new information and pictures from various institutions and ships, and has redrafted chart sketches from the settlement ship M/S Pajuttaat, the settlement tanker M/T Orasila and his own surveys. The Ice Centre in Narsarsuaq has contributed photos from South Greenland. M/S Pajuttaat, M/T Orasila and M/S Sarfaq Ittuk have contributed photos and depth data from the east and west coasts. Royal Arctic Line's operations department has also provided information, photos and contact details for the smaller settlement ships. Asiaq has contributed information and photos.
For each harbour, therefore, an effort has been made to present information in the form of text, harbour plans/sketches and photos. The harbour facilities are illustrated with pictograms.
There is also a page with the executive order concerning navigation in Greenland waters. The same page has the standard regulations for compliance with the order in Greenlandic harbours (except for Kangilinnguit (Grønnedal) and Pituffik (Thule Air Base)).
www.gronlandskehavnelods.dk is updated every Friday at 08:00 West Greenland time or 12:00 Danish time. It is stated for each harbour when the information was last updated.
The Chart Corrections that are issued weekly contain an overview of the harbours in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot, whose text and harbour plans have been updated in that particular week.
The Danish Maritime Authority publishes Notices to Mariners (EfS) every week.
These contain notices pertaining to e.g.:
Works concerning renovations and extensions of harbours (so-called preliminary notices, indicated by a (P) in front of the headline in the notice). P = Preliminary.
Temporary turning off of pier lights (e.g. due to a technical fault) or works for e.g. the repair of quay facilities (so-called temporary notices, indicated by a (T) in front of the headline in the notice). T = Temporary.
Works and incidents, such as the above, may mean that the information about the harbours (text and harbour plans) in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot is not correct or complete for a period of time.
The information in the preliminary and temporary notices could also affect navigation planning and the navigation of the harbour.
The Greenlandic Harbour Pilot's editorial team will often, but not always, arrange for information of this nature to be reproduced in the text for the relevant harbour under the specially highlighted section Notice. It is therefore recommended that the information in the section Notice is read before using the other information and the harbour plan/sketch.
It is important, therefore, for the users of the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot to keep themselves informed about preliminary and temporary notices concerning the harbours in the Notices to Mariners (EfS) and in some cases, they should also add corrections to transcripts from the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot on the internet.
There is a link to EfS on the right side of this page under Introduction.
The harbours can be navigated both day and night unless otherwise stated under the section Navigation in the text for the individual harbour.
Accuracy of harbour plans
Due to the age, quality and origin of certain source materials, the positional accuracy that can be achieved with satellite navigation systems may in some cases be better than the accuracy of the harbour plans. Note that there are harbour plans in both WGS-84 and in Qornoq-1927 datum, as well as harbour sketches without coordinates and with/without scale.
In the small chart viewer, an area can be selected by pointing and clicking with the mouse. The selected area is then displayed in the large chart viewer.
The area in the large chart viewer can be moved by clicking the mouse on the arrows in the chart viewer's frame. The harbours are marked with blue dots. When the cursor is moved over a dot, the harbour's name appears in a yellow field. Clicking the mouse on the dot brings up the information about the selected harbour. In areas where the dots are close together due to the scale of the chart, the names of all harbours in the area are displayed in the yellow field. Information about the individual harbour can be accessed by moving the cursor over the names in the yellow field and then clicking on the relevant harbour.
Free text search
Free text search is available in three search categories. Use the mouse to mark the required search category, e.g. Stations. Type the first letters of the station’s name and select the required station by clicking the mouse. Click on Show on chart or press the Return/Enter key to move the area in the large chart viewer so that the selected station is in the centre and is marked with a small, white cross. The small chart viewer displays the same area. Clicking on Display information brings up the information about the selected station.
Save and Print
All information can be saved and printed in PDF format.
Printing of text, photos, harbour plans and pictograms
Select print - PDF in the upper right corner of the front page. The menu displays the prints that can be selected. Mark the required printout with the mouse. For example, if All is selected, all available information about the harbour is displayed in PDF format. Click with the mouse on the icon in the Print toolbar or press Ctrl+P on the keyboard and select OK in the print menu.
2) Or: (Applies only to photos, harbour plans and pictograms)
Select Show large photo/Show large harbour plan/Show all pictograms with the mouse. Note also that the numbered buttons underneath indicate the number of harbour plans and photos displayed for the harbour. If there are several photos or harbour plans for a harbour, these must be printed individually, unless the Alt menu is selected, as described above, in the print selector on the front page.
Select Print with the mouse, after which the harbour plan is displayed in PDF format. Click with the mouse on the icon in the Print toolbar or press Ctrl+P on the keyboard and select OK in the print menu.
Printer set-up in Acrobat Reader
Especially when printing harbour plans, try not to adapt to the page or margin so that scaling of the plans is avoided.
Select NO SCALING in the printer menu.
If you want to save e.g. the harbour plan for Aasiaat Havn:
Explanation of pictograms
The editorial team has gathered information about the resources present in/at each harbour.
In order for the user to obtain a quick overview of the facilities in each harbour, they are described using pictograms.
If a facility is present, the pictogram will be highlighted in a bright colour. When the cursor is placed on the pictogram, an explanation is displayed of what the pictogram means and whether or not the facility is available in the harbour.
For some facilities, such as fresh water or cranes, it may be necessary to read the section on "Resources" in the text. You can make sure here that the required facility is present or that, e.g. a crane has the required lifting capacity.
Make your own harbour pilot
Order on navigation, etc. in certain Danish waters.
Order no. 626 of May 20th, 2020
Order for Greenland on the safe navigation, etc. of ships.
Order no. 1697 of December 11th, 2015
Order on pilotage, etc. around Greenland.
Order no. 1698 of December 11th, 2015
Order on the activities of pilotage service providers and the obligations of pilots in Greenland.
Order no. 1699 of December 11th, 2015
The Danish Geodata Agency has copyright to its harbour plans, including text and photos found at this address, the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot. The copyright covers total or partial reproduction of the material, including by copying and making available in original or modified form. Harbour plans in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot may be used by an individual sailor/navigator. Harbour plans in the Greenlandic Harbour Pilot may not be reproduced without the prior permission from the Danish Geodata Agency. Applications for this should be sent to email@example.com or to
Ice Service and ice charts
The DMI Ice Service is part of the Operations Department at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen. From 2017, only advanced satellite technology will be used to prepare ice information for navigation in Greenland waters:
Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)
DK-2100 København Ø
Tel. (+45) 39 15 73 15 (Mon-Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-15:00) (24-hour service outside normal opening hours, without the possibility of in-depth assistance)
Pilot in Greenland
Consulates and Consules in Greenland
Greenland hosts a number of consulates and honorary consulates in Nuuk, Qaqortoq and Tasiilaq.
• Iceland in Nuuk
Consul General Þorbjörn Jónsson
Sendiherra / Ambassador
Hans Egedesvej 9 • 3900 Nuuk
Phone: +299 348380 • IP: (545) 7382 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• USA in Nuuk
Consul Sung W. Choi
Aalisartut Aqqutaat 47 • 3900 Nuuk
Phone: +299 384100 • USConsulateNuuk@state.gov
• Belgium, Netherlands, & Luxembourg in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Jens Paulsen
Issortarfimmut 6-102 • 3905 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 313084 • email@example.com
• Canada in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Lars Peter Danielsen
Tuapannguit 48 • Postboks 135 • 3900 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 311647 • Mobile: +299 553289 • Private: +299 322140 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• Finland in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Martin Birkmose Kviesgaard
C/O GrønlandsBANKEN • Imaneq 33 • P.O.Box 1033 • 3900 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 347800 • Mobile: +299 547110 • email@example.com
• France in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Henrik Leth
Imaneq 24 • 3900 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 554350 / +299 324411 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• South Korea, The Republic of Korea in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Finn Meinel
Meinel Legal • Issortarfimmut 4 • P.O.Box 861 • 3900 Nuuk
Phone: +299 341050 • Mobile: +299 555444 • email@example.com
• Latvia in Qaqortoq
Honorary Consul Ivars Silis
Prs. Benediktesvej 297 • P.O.Box 320 • 3920 Qaqortoq
Phone: +299 642500 • Fax: +299 642508 • Mobile: Greenland +299 492207, Denmark +45 21722099, Sweden +46 41721688
• Norway in Nuuk
Honorary General Consul Kristian Lennert
Inuplan • Issortarfimmut 13 • P.O.Box 1024 • 3900 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 343706 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• Russia i Nuuk
Honorary Consul Miki Jonas Brøns
Imaneq 24, 1.sal • 3900 Nuuk
Work no.: +299 383100 • Mobile: +299 552647 • email@example.com
• Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Christian Keldsen
C/O Mentorix • P.O.Box 77 • 3900 Nuuk
Mobile:+299 559999 • firstname.lastname@example.org • Christian.email@example.com
• Sweden in Nuuk
Honorary General Consul Anders Meilvang
Ilikkarit • Jens Kreutzmannip Aqqutaa 4, 1.sal • P.O.Box 585 • 3900 Nuuk
Phone: +299 593995 • firstname.lastname@example.org
• Czech Republic in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Hans Kristian Olsen
Phone: +299 385688 • Mobile: +299 559625 • Kaatalik@gmail.com
• Germany in Nuuk
Honorary Consul Ole Ziemer
Uiffak 4a • 3905 Nuussuaq
Mobile: +299 558880 • Nuuk@hk-diplo.de