Field work

GEUS regularly performs field work in Denmark and Greenland. Find relevant information about field activities and equipment here.

GEUS, and prior to that, GGU (Geological Survey of Greenland) has more than 100 years of experience in carrying out geological fieldwork in Greenland. But GEUS also does fieldwork in Denmark and other countries, with the work taking place on land, ice, or offshore.

Fieldwork in Greenland usually involves staying in very remote areas with limited access to health care and other services. The distances involved are often huge, and adverse weather conditions sometimes hinders both work and transportation. Fieldwork on the Inland Ice or snow-covered glaciers, has its own specific challenges where demands on the participants’ skills to work and travel safely are critical. The same is true for fieldwork offshore.  

No matter where fieldwork is undertaken, thorough consideration and planning is necessary to ensure the safe completion of all work with special attention given to  manning, transportation, equipment, provisions and safety. Almost all fieldwork requires the attendance to one or more of the safety courses that are offered each year (See ‘Safety courses’ below). GEUS’ equipment section is an important partner for all fieldwork. From there equipment is ordered and shipped for field campaigns carried out in challenging environments. See Field equipment below for more information.  


GEUS has a long tradition for carrying out geological fieldwork in remote and inaccessible areas of Greenland, and has accumulated a high level of experience and knowhow with respect to such activities. 

GEUS has a century long experience in sending expeditions to remote areas of Greenland. Still today 50-100 persons carry out fieldwork in Greenland every year. The equipment section in Rødovre supplies all expeditions with relevant camp and safety equipment and also arranges for freight of cargo and ensures that all formalities is in place.

Henrik Spanggaard
Logistics coordinator, Equipment section


Participants in fieldwork must meet some health criteria, in order for them to be approved to work in Greenland. Field participants must book an appointment for a health examination, which must be conducted by doctors at the Medical Office (or another approved maritime doctor in Denmark), who will decide on medical clearance for fieldwork.

Further, Participants in fieldwork in Greenland (incl. fieldwork at sea around Greenland) must have a dental check-up within 6 months prior to field work commencing.

A health declaration containing your health-related information, should be filled out and brought to the doctor. See the entire instruction regarding health examination and dental visits here.

Participants in fieldwork offshore, no matter where it takes place, are also required to meet certain health criteria and should have an approved so called Blå Bog, as stipulated by the official rules for seafarers. 


Marianne Vestergaard                                   
Logistics coordinator

No matter where fieldwork is carried out it is important to have the necessary qualifications in order to be able to work and travel safely.

GEUS stresses the importance of all field personnel holding up-to-date certification for the relevant courses, with mandatory reassessment at least every three years, except for the Arctic First Aid course, which must be updated every year. 

See examples of GEUS' safety courses below. Please note that no more safety courses are held in 2022:

Arctic First Aid

Arctic First Aid II

First Aid

Elementary firefighting

Glaicier safety - Iceland

Glaicier safety – dry training (in DK)

Rifle course

Bear encounters – precautions in polar bear land


Marianne Vestergaard
Logistics coordinator

The photos are from Island in the springtime 2022, where glaciologists are training their glacier safety.

Reconnaissance and sampling close to glacier in in South West Greenland 2010.
Field camp in South West Greenland 2010. The bags contain rock samples that are brought back for further scrutiny.
Marianne Vestergaard
Special Consultant
Mapping and Mineral Resources

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Information of next of kin

If you are going on field work with GEUS, we recommend that you fill out an information form applicable to your relatives. Your relatives must agree that GEUS collects and stores this information.

You can fill out the form right here.

Near miss incident

GEUS wants to collect and learn from incidents that could have had severe consequences, but where someone got away with the scare.

Report a near miss incident here.

Safety Instructions

To ensure that all participants are informed about formalities and safety requirements when doing fieldwork with GEUS, we ask that such participants confirm by their signature that they have read the Safety Instructions.

Confirm to have read the Safety Instructions here.