Arctic char

Arctic Char

The main feature of the trip is the arctic char, which populates the entire Arctic region. The arctic char is part of the char family and also carries the Latin name Salvelinus alpinus. In Greenland they call it eqaluk.


The wild arctic char spends winters in the lakes only to come out to the sea in early spring. In the summer months it rises up from the sea to spawn in the rivers. During the season it replaces its shiny silvery hue with the characteristic splendid orange, red and green spawning suit. 


The arctic char is a happy biter and a tremendous fighter, much stronger than trout seen elsewhere.  So do look forward to a challenge and world-class angling!

In Greenland the arctic char is a crucial source of nutrition. From July 15th to August 15th you can witness/learn the traditional ways of smoking, salting, and drying the arctic char at the fishing grounds. You can also join fishing expeditions with traps and nets. This time of year you even have a chance to glimpse the thousands of trout jumping through the cascades to continue their journey upriver.

West Greenland Wildlife has exclusive right to a river at the Polar Circle. We travel in small groups and have the whole area for ourselves.

Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

West Greenland Wildlife - 3911 Sisimiut, Greenland -