Climate & Weather in Greenland

Climate & Weather in Greenland



Weather in Greenland

The weather in Greenland change much during the different seasons and each season has speciel advantages.

During the winter popular activities are dogsledding and the Northern Lights and in the summer it is whale watching, the Midnight Sun, hiking and sailing on the fjords and spending the time outdoors and being active.

In the spring and autumn is it possible to get to Greenland at slightly lower prices than during peak seasons.


Summer in Greenland

June, July and August are the summer months, and from May to September the weather can be quite well and the days are getting longer.

Greenland has an arctic climate with average temperatures that do not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June, July or August. The sea around Greenland affects the climate on land. The stretches of coastline close to the open sea, in particular, are cooled by the sea. 

Therefore during the summer months, it is warmest and driest on land closest to the ice sheet. In all parts of the country, the weather is locally changeable and can vary from fjord to fjord and from one valley to the next. The air is very dry in Greenland concerning many other countries, and because of this low humidity, the low temperatures do not feel as cold as you might expect.

On the other hand, the dry air means that you must drink more water than normal. The low humidity also means that you can see further than you are probably used to. Mountain crests that appear to be close are usually further away than you think and this should be borne in mind when planning a hike. It is also possible to experience the famous Midnight Sun during the summer in Greenland.

Winter in Greenland

Winter in Greenland is from December through March and is almost synonymous with the Northern lights and dogsledding, but if the sky is dark enough, it is possible to watch the Northern Lights before December, and dogsledding depend on the snowfall.

Winters can be cold, and the combination of cold temperatures and strong winds can be rough. The dark days and nights are called "the Polar Nights", and is perfect for watching the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). It is a good idea to listen to local advice concerning weather conditions and listen to the advice from locals very carefully. In midwinter in Greenland, darkness prevails.


Spring and Autumn in Greenland

Spring in Greenland is intense, and the snow melts away very fast.The days are getting longer, and everything begins to grow, and especially South Greenland is getting green and with many flowers. 

Autumn is also very intense, and Greenland gets covered with beautiful autumn colours. Many like to visit Greenland in the fall because the prices are in general lower.

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