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Greenland

Greenland Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Greenland? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Greenland? See below for an introduction to Greenland film locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Greenland Film Locations

Greenland is best known for its Arctic looks and harsh freezing temperatures. The Arctic Ice Sheet covers most of the country. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are Greenland’s snow-covered mountains, icebergs, icefjords, glaciers, remote weather stations, hot springs, Inuit igloos, the Aurora Borealis, Uummannaq Island, and colourful coastal villages such as Ilulissat, Qaqortoq, Kulusuk, and Ittoqqortoormiit. 

The Northeast Greenland National Park is the world’s largest national park at roughly the size of Egypt. The park has no permanent human population. The coastal regions of the park are home to polar bears, arctic fox, walrus, seals, beluga whales as well as 40% of the world population of musk ox.

All of Greenland’s population centres are on the coast. Nuuk is the capital, main entry point by air and most likely place to base your production. 

Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark.

Greenland Film Location Permits

Expeditions require special permits from the Danish Polar Centre. Crew seeking to film in national parks, glaciers and mountains require a permit from the Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Justice. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Greenland has an Arctic climate. Temperatures generally do not exceed 10°C (50°F) in the warmest summer months. In central Greenland the sun does not set from the end of May until the end of July. The peak of winter has 24 hour darkness with recorded temperatures as low as –87°C (–66°F). Greenland has very low humidity. The dry climate has the effect of cold not feeling as cold as it actually is. It also makes distances seem to appear closer than they actually are.

After weeks of total darkness, the return of the sun is celebrated in January. The Nuuk Snow Festival takes place in February / March. Arctic Palerfik dogsled race takes place in April. The best months to view polar bears are March to May when the ice starts to break up and they journey in search of food. Summer solstice celebrations take place in June with 24 hours of sunlight. The Arctic Team Challenge, a combined stage and expedition race, takes place in July. The Greenland Adventure Race is held in September. The best months for Aurora Borealis photography are between September and March. The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in October. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Greenland is an expensive place to film both in terms of getting there and local costs which are high since nearly all goods need to be imported. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Hotel accommodation is basic and expensive. Our Greenlandic fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in Greenland.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Greenland has no pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Only basic local production support. Your shooting crew needs to be brought in from abroad.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Greenland has mostly Inuit looks with a small European population. All other looks must be brought in. With a population of less than 60,000 Greenland is the least densely populated country in the world. In fact, a single apartment building in Nuuk (Blok P) houses 1% of Greenland’s total population.

Greenland Film Equipment

Equipment. None available locally. Bring in your camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.

Communication. Mobile phone coverage and internet access is limited to main towns.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department, set construction, studios and backlots don’t exist in Greenland.

Post Production. Not available.

Visas & Work Permits

Although the Greenland is not a member of the Schengen Area, crew travelling on passports of western countries can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. No work permits required for short-stay filming. Contact your local Danish / Greenland embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Greenland does not have a road or rail network. All distance transport is by ship or air with Air Greenland the main carrier. Dog sleds are available for shorter journeys.

Accommodation. Greenland has a handful of film friendly hotels. Best options in Nuuk include:

Hotel Nordbo
Hotel Hans Egede
Hotel Seamens Home

Please contact us for corporate rates. Our Greenlandic fixer / producer also organises serviced cottages.

Final Notes

Safety. Appropriate safety and cold weather gear is essential. Greenland has virtually no street crime. See here for more information.

Down Time. Uunartoq island has hotsprings.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Greenland, please see below:

Hire Greenland Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Greenland, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Greenland, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.