To describe Greenland in words is almost impossible – there are simply no superlatives to do justice to the fascination that nature offers. Whether it is the steep snow-capped mountain ranges, the countless glaciers, the ice-blue fjords or the infinite number of icebergs in the most bizarre shapes and different sizes – you can hardly put these impressions into words – you just have to experience it. The air here is so clear and so pure and with every breath you can feel that you are in a very special place.
With a north-south extension of over 2500 km, Greenland is the largest island on our planet. Around 85% of the land mass is covered with ice, which makes up a tenth of the world’s fresh water reservoir. If you are looking for rest and relaxation, this is the right place – statistically speaking, every inhabitant of Greenland has an area of 6 km².
However, Kalaallit Nunaat, as the locals call their home (meaning “country of the people”), is not only a yearning country that fascinates people from all over the world, or the destination of countless expeditions, but also a first-class destination for sport fishing .
It is particularly interesting that fish can be caught here, which in other Northern European waters are only among the unfulfilled dreams of anglers. Above all, the Spotted Wolffish and the Greenland Halibut are meant here, both of which are very numerous and partly in large sizes.
Redfish (Ocean Perch),Cod and Greenland Shark can also be expected. Friends of salmonid fishing can experience real moments here, because the Arctic char can be caught here both in the sea and on in the freshwater lakes.
East Greenland is also known as the “wild Greenland” by the locals because the nature is even more rugged and the population density is much lower than on the west side of the island. The ice-wrapped east of Greenland, with the rugged coastlines, the steep mountains and the overwhelmingly beautiful glaciers takes the breath away of many travelers — and so this marvelous place, whose rhythm of life depends solely on weather and ice, has fascinated so many that they keeps coming back ever since.
Our trip takes us to the Angmassalik region, which can be reached via the airport in Kulusuk (via Iceland). The starting point for fishing is either Tassilaq, or the ice camp at Sermilikfjord, near Tinitelaq.
Our local partner is Lars Anker-Møller, a Dane who emigrated to this natural paradise a few years ago and lived here for many years. In the meantime, he only spends the summer months on site and personally looks after the guests. Lars is so familiar with fishing that he has written his own book (Hunting & Fishing) about it.
The absolute focus of sea fishing is clearly on 3 types of fish: the Spotted Wolffish, the Greenland Halibut and the Redfish.
The Wolffish is not only unusually numerous here, but also occurs in enormously large sizes. Fish beyond the 10 kg mark are absolutely not uncommon.
The local record for the “Leopard of Greenland” is a whopping 51 kg (!), Caught by hand line.
The Greenland Halibut is the “bread fish” of Greenlandic professional fishermen. It is often fished directly in front of the glaciers and so besides the exciting fishing you also have the fantastic natural scenery. With our first test fishing we were able to almost double the mark for the current IGFA world record after a short time.
Not a bad debut actually, but it will certainly only be a matter of time before this new mark will be clearly outbid.
Lars also knows some good spots for fishing for Redfish – mainly in the Sermilik Fjord, which is world famous for its huge icebergs. Fish beyond the 10 kg class have already been caught here.
What you have to know when fishing for Redfish (and also Greenland Halibut): This is about deep-sea fishing – and in Greenland this means that water depths of around 500 meters should not be feared.
The Greenland Shark is more of a nuisance among the locals because it often tears the Halibut and Redfish off the longlines, causing considerable damage to fishing. Of course, you can also try it out for the heaviest predator fish on earth – winter tours are best suited for this (ice fishing).
Despite these really exceptional fishing opportunities, we would like to point out one thing: Greenland is not a travel destination for “filet anglers”. This is partly due to the fish density, which cannot be compared with Norway or Iceland, and partly due to the processing and freezing options.
This is about catching special fish and the focus is clearly on the experience and a few wonderful souvenir photos.
It goes without saying, but we would still like to point out that anyone who travels to Greenland must have a certain level of physical strength. Dirt roads are just as normal as the fact that you have to cover a part of the way over the bare rock. The way to the boat can also be a bit more difficult depending on the tide level.
You don’t have to be a trained athlete – the local Innuits are not all that, but if you suffer from major physical handicaps, Greenland is certainly not the right place for you.
How to get there
You fly from your country to Reykjavik / Iceland (Iceland Air or WOW Air) and from there to Kulusuk (Air Iceland). On the way there and on the way back you have a stopover with an overnight stay in a good hotel in Reykjavik. This gives you the opportunity to explore the city a little, to visit the “Pearl” with its Viking Museum, to make a detour to the “Blue Lagoon”, or to review the experiences of the past week in a cozy atmosphere on the last evening .
A Gemi 800, model 2017. 7.70 meter aluminum boat with 300 HP outboard + 6 HP auxiliary engine. Licensed for up to 12 people – for anglers but a maximum of 6.
A Poca Model 2015. 7.70 meters with 300 HP outboard + 6 HP auxiliary engine. Licensed for up to 12 people – for anglers but a maximum of 5.
Depending on where we are fishing, you either live in the ICECAMP at Sermilikfjord or in the holiday home in Tassilaq.
The location of the ICECAMP is extremely exceptional – just a short distance from Tinitelaq, right on the world-famous Sermilikfjord. Icebergs as high as houses are constantly passing by here.
The ICECAMP offers a simple standard. Small huts for 2 people each. There are 2 single beds, heating and a toilet (no water flush).
In the ICECAMPS supply building there is a lounge with kitchen and dining table – and there is also a shower.
In Tassilaq we live in one of the holiday homes of our skipper Lars. The houses are supplied with running water – so there is a shower / toilet and also a fully equipped kitchen and living room with dining area. Depending on the house, 3-6 bedrooms are available. There is WiFi internet in one of the houses.
We currently only offer guided tours to Greenland. Those are also ideal for single travelers.
East Greenland: Expedition Sermilikfjord + Tassilaq from 03.09.-12.09.2021
- Flight Germany – Keflavik (h / r) incl. taxes (flights from other countries on request)
- 2 x hotel accommodation in Reykjavik (1 x each way there and back)
- Flight Reykjavik-Kulusuk (h / r) including taxes
- Transfer to the ICECAMP
- 7 nights accommodation in ICECAMP or holiday home in Tasilaq
- Full board*
- 6 days fishing (about 8 hours each) on board “SUMMIT” or “SULUK”
- Hosted by: Kai Witt, Global Fishing Adventures
We plan to head for some very unusual places on this tour. The first 4 days will lead us to Tinitelaq at the Sermilikfjord. We will stay in the ICECAMP. The Innuits have already caught redfish in the weight class of 10-15 kg in this region. Except for a (short) attempt by us, nobody has ever fished with the sport fishing rod so it is absolutely pioneering spirit. The places – especially on the big redfish are sometimes very deep (up to 500-600 meters). So this tour is only for friends of deep sea fishing. Whether you fish with an electric reel or by “manual operation” is up to you.
After the expedition to the Sermilikfjord we drive to Tassilaq. Here we will spend the last 3 nights and, on the one hand, fish the Spotted Wolffish grounds in front of Tassilaq, where numerous and also capital Wolffish have regularly been landed in the past few years. A tour of the Knud Rassmussen Glacier is also planned – a hotspot for Greenland Halibut. It goes without saying that all fishing activities are subject to weather conditions. As a result, the planned program may also change on site.
*We have full board during our time in Greenland. This looks like this: The food is provided for breakfast and the packed lunch (self-preparation). In the evening there is warm food in the camp or in the holiday home.
Departure from Germany to Reykjavik / Iceland. Hotel accommodation in a double room.
Onward flight to Kulusuk / Greenland. Then boat transfer to our first starting point, the ICECAMP at Sermilikfjord. Depending on the arrival time, we may also fish a bit on this day. Accommodation in 2-man huts in the ICECAMP. Full board.
Fishing on the Sermilikfjord. Mainly deep-sea fishing (Redfish + Greenland Halibut) will be done here. But there should also be a few shallower places for Wolffish. We fish on board the SUMMIT or SULUK with 4-6 anglers on board (about 8 hours each) for the arctic sea predators – of course subject to weather conditions.
Drive to Tassilaq. Fishing at the Wolffish spots outside of Tassilaq. A tour to the Knud Rassmussen Glacier (Greenland Halibut) is planned for one day. Accommodation in a holiday home in Tassilaq. Full board.
Transfer to Kulusuk. Afterwards flight to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Return flight from Keflavik to Germany and travel home.
Price per person: € 3.999
- Catering in Iceland
- Excess baggage costs