Best time to visit Greenland
kayaking alongside glaciers as the sun dipped created the illusion of fire on ice. But of course, the sun never set. And so, the show never seemed to end.
Greenland is gargantuan so although it has an Arctic climate, it certainly varies. Most trips are in summer which gets up to 10°C, with big freeze setting in from Nov-April. Northern Lights start to shimmer in Sep, so get in before the pack ice does if you want Aurora and aqua fun. Bowhead whales appear March-May, as it is krill feeding time. But there are whales of various species here year round. Enjoy the benefits of the midnight sun in late April-late Aug, depending on latitude, but most tourist regions are lit up 24/7 from early June-mid July.
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Tips on when to go
Laura Greenman, from our leading Greenland vacations supplier rounds up her feedback below:
“Travel during the period of the midnight sun in late spring and early summer and make the most of round the clock daylight. A cruise at midnight to see the gigantic icebergs is not to be missed.”
“The weather can change quickly in Greenland which can impact on your travel plans. As air transportation is the main way to get around internally, you need to allow for unexpected changes in the itinerary. Traveling for more than three days is a must, both to enable you to see the country and in case plans have to change because of weather conditions.”
“People always think that Greenlandic husky dogs have the same temperament to their Scandinavian/Alaskan counterparts. Quite often they're bred as working dogs and not quite so keen for pre-sledding cuddles! But they're incredibly hard-working and a husky sledding adventure with Greenlandic dogs is a very different and rewarding experience.” “Experiencing the ice cap below your feet is not to be missed – whether it’s a short hike or an overnight camping expedition. Seeing and touching the glacier is something that stays with you.”
“Learn a few words of Greenlandic and meet the locals. Admiring their national costume up close and hearing about the pride that goes into its creation is really memorable.”
Tips from our travelers
“Take a range of clothes for all temperatures. I did not expect it to be high 20s 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle! But I wasn’t complaining!” - Judith Olsen
"Spend as much time on deck, you never know when you may see something, really take in every moment we are privileged to be able to travel and see such wonders" - Paul Lee on a small ship cruise.
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