Kangerlussuaq, Greenland SFJ/BGSF

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland



The airport at Kangerlussuaq is located near the west coast of Greenland, at the head of Sondrestrom Fjord, about 90 miles east of the coast line. The fjord is orientated generally southwest-northeast, is approximately 1 nm wide and rises to approximately 2,000 feet amsl at either side.. The main portion of the Greenland Ice Cap begins about 30 miles to the east of the field, rising to an elevation of about 6,000 feet one hundred miles to the east.


Prevailing wind is easterly at 5-10 kt. Winds from the northeast are off the Ice Cap, thus are cool and dry, and are nearly always accompanied by excellent visibility. Winds up the fjord from the southwest are more moist but it is rare that the airfield is closed due to low cloud or poor visibility. Winds are generally light, averaging from 6 to 10 kts and not usually exceeding 20 kts. Winds of 35 to 60 kts occur only rarely. A light surface wind may be accompanied by strong winds and considerable turbulence a few hundred feet above the ground.

Low visibility is mostly associated with precipitation of some type; the snow season is September to April.

Dense fog is seldom experienced, and then usually in connection with precipitation. Pure radiation fog is very unusual. Advection fog occurs frequently in the fjord itself, but will seldom reach the airport because of its inland location. It is very unusual for the ceiling to be less than 5,000 feet or the visibility less than seven miles unless it is raining or snowing. Kangerlussuaq has a very low frequency of conditions of ceiling below 300 feet and/or visibility below one mile.


Caution: DME-DME updating is limited in this region, expect FMS Map shift.


Rwy 09 – The missed approach climb gradient required for the MKR LOC DME approach to Rwy 10 is 5%.
Reported surface wind may not reflect a tailwind on final approach.

Rwy 27 – No instrument approaches due to terrain.
Expect downdraughts during the visual circuit.


Rwy 10 has a marked upslope on the first 3000 ft, however ‘Distance to Go’ numerals in thousand of feet are provided.
Caution: Wild Caribou in the vicinity of the airfield.
RFF is adequate for all types when used as an ETOPS alternate.
Communications between the Flight Deck and Ground agents may be via VHF, instead of using the flight interphone.


The listed operating hours are Summer 0900-2100, Winter 1000-2200 UTC, however the airfield is is available within 60 minutes (usually less) in an emergency and therefore qualifies as an ETOPS Adequate airport H24. Contact Sondrestrom Information to activate the airfield out of hours.

Magnetic variation is approximately 35 degrees west (2007). Surface winds passed by ATC or on ATIS are in degrees magnetic, all other winds are in degrees true.

  1. #1 by moureaux on 25/08/2013 - 18:45

    thanks for the infos! useful insight….any idea how’s the oceanic clearance is picked up for departing aircrafts? VHF, HF, CPDLC???

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