While Greenland is not the most popular destination in Europe, it still has a lot to offer.
But before you share your colorful Greenland experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.
Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Greenland.
You can get an eSIM for Greenland for 9 USD from Airalo offering 1 GB for 7 days to be used locally.
There are some mobile operators who will charge you 100 USD for only 100 MB of roaming data, so these travel eSIM offers are much better than most international roaming deals.
In this guide, I will go over the eSIM options offered by the Greenland mobile operator, Airalo. Let's get started.
Original publication: 26th of November 2022. Last updated: 7th of August 2023.
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eSIMs offered by the Greenland Mobile Operators
In order to get the best performance out there, it is often recommended to go directly with the local mobile operators because you will get a higher priority on the network compared to roaming.
Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers in Greenland (yet).
Note that the Greenland mobile operators require your identification (ID for EU/EEA travelers and passport for anyone else) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards as part of Greenland's SIM card registration requirements.
(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).
And some travelers do not want to deal with any of that for privacy reasons.
Luckily, there is a way to avoid this registration scheme: by roaming (super expensive) or using a travel eSIM (affordable AND can be cheaper than local SIM cards in many countries).
Travel eSIM provider Airalo offers attractive eSIMs for Greenland, allowing them to be set up before arriving in Greenland and activating them as soon as you land.
Very convenient, right? And I have used eSIMs from Airalo before, and I can assure you they work well!
So let's check out all the options, shall we?
Airalo eSIMs for Greenland (Nuuk Mobile)
Airalo eSIMs are my favorite travel eSIMs out there because they are always good value for money compared to other travel eSIM providers (especially travel eSIMs not mentioned in this guide).
And the same can be said for the Nuuk Mobile eSIM – 1 GB of data is available for only 7 USD.
Wait… you have no idea who or what Airalo is? I have an in-depth review explaining how Airalo works and all its options, based on four years of using Airalo eSIMs – you can read it now or later (I will briefly introduce Airalo anyway in this guide).
Anyway, the Nuuk Mobile eSIM uses the Tusass by TELE Post network.
You have one Airalo Nuuk Mobile eSIM option:
- Greenland/Nuuk Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.
Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Nuuk Mobile eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.
So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Nuuk Mobile 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.
Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Greenland soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.
The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.
Let me review some of its pros and cons before you get a Nuuk Mobile eSIM.
Airalo Nuuk Mobile eSIM Pros
What are the main perks of Airalo's Nuuk Mobile eSIMs?
- You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
- You can purchase and set up your Nuuk Mobile eSIM before arriving in Greenland (and activate it upon landing)
- The eSIM will start once you have it enabled and are in Greenland – not earlier (so you can pre-purchase your eSIM months in advance in peace – I do this often)
- You can skip Greenland's SIM card registration requirements and any queues at the airport or in town
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to the Tusass by TELE Post network
- The eSIM is affordable
- You can manage your eSIM easily on the Airalo website or its apps (Android and iOS)
- If you need more data, top-ups are available (at the same prices as listed earlier – not at a markup)
Airalo Nuuk Mobile eSIM Cons
What are the main cons of Airalo's Nuuk Mobile eSIMs?
- You cannot call or text with the Nuuk Mobile eSIM – it is a data-only eSIM (so you do not get a (Greenland) phone number either)
- While you get access to Tusass by TELE Post's network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Tusass by TELE Post itself because you will be roaming on its network (and not be a native customer)
- The Greenland mobile operators have much more generous data allowances (but Nuuk Mobile top-ups are available)
- There are no unlimited data plans
- There is no 5G NR access with the Nuuk Mobile eSIM
Airalo Nuuk Mobile eSIM Overall Thoughts
I am a big fan of Airalo and its eSIMs in general, as mentioned in my Airalo review, including the Nuuk Mobile eSIM.
The Nuuk Mobile eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Greenland and can be activated upon arriving.
You get access to one of Greenland's best networks with the Nuuk Mobile eSIM.
The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.
While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.
But besides that flaw, the Nuuk Mobile eSIM is fine.
Remember, you cannot call or text with the Nuuk Mobile eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.
But if making actual phone calls and sending real text messages are important to you (so not through an app like WhatsApp), you may want to buy a Greenland SIM card instead (an in-depth guide).
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Greenland (Airalo)
In this guide, I went over Airalo's Nuuk Mobile as the only (reasonably priced) eSIM for Greenland.
I recognize that there are other eSIM providers that do offer services for Greenland.
But they are either crazy expensive or the quality of service is whack (based on my experience or the experiences of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).
But you are free to try them out and let me know if they were any good 😀.
Buying a SIM Card in Greenland
Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?
Consider getting a Greenland SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Greenland on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.
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