Best time to visit Greenland

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Best time of year to visit Greenland

Thanks to more comfortable weather, the best time to visit Greenland is a smooth and bright summer. A period from June through August is ideal for flightseeing, watching the midnight sun, enjoying hot springs or watching giant whales. Winters in Greenland are frosty and almost synonymous with dogsledding. If you want to see more on a smaller budget and avoid to the crowds, come to Greenland during shoulder season in spring and autumn to watch the Northern Lights and practice some ice diving.

12 THINGS TO DO IN GREENLAND (AUGUST 05 - AUGUST 14)

Cottongrass Blooming

Cottongrass Blooming

June–September • nature

The surprisingly​ green landscape of Greenland becomes dotted with white fluffy flowers in summer

Flightseeing

Flightseeing

May–September • activity

There's no better way to experience the size and the magnificence of Greenland

Hiking

Hiking

June–September • activity

While hiking the monumental landscapes​ of Greenland you can truly experience the smallness and temporality of being human

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

June–mid-September • activity

Greenland has plenty of hot springs but only one of them is used as an outdoor spa

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

May–September • nature

One amazing phenomenon of nature only available in the far north or south

Cruising

Cruising

June–September • activity

Observing glaciers under the midnight sun or the northern light is an unforgettable experience

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

May–August • activity

Check out several magnificent species of whales though you may feel smaller than ever

Flower Valleys Blooming

Flower Valleys Blooming

June–August • nature

A walk along the valley of flowers is a wonderful way to discover the surprising variety of flora in Greenland

Greenland Ice Sheet

Greenland Ice Sheet

May–October • activity

The best Arctic adventure ever—just you and untouched millennial glaciers, glacial lakes and ice rivers

Kayaking

Kayaking

June–August • activity

Kayak is not only a fun water activity. For the locals, ​it's also an ancient transportation and hunting tool

Diving

Diving

April | August–September • activity

If you have some experience and courage you can try either open water iceberg diving or diving under icebergs trapped in the pack ice

River Fishing

River Fishing

July–September • activity

When fish migrate up the rivers, Greenland begins a short and intense season for fishing

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–April • nature

One of nature's most beautiful natural phenomena

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

January–April • activity

A classic way to explore the majestic Greenland nature in winter

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

October–February • activity

A fast and fun way to explore the snowy expanses of Greenland

Polar Circle Marathon

Polar Circle Marathon

October 27–28, 2018 • event

All marathons are quite demanding and exhausting but this one is especially tough

Wild Berry Season

Wild Berry Season

September–October • food

Wildberries are an important part of Greenlanders' diets

Frost 'Flowers'

Frost 'Flowers'

November–February • nature

The most unusual "flowers" that "bloom" only in winter

Arctic Circle Race

Arctic Circle Race

March 29–31, 2019 • event

One of the toughest cross-country races in the world

Ice Climbing and Mountaineering

Ice Climbing and Mountaineering

December–May • activity

There's nothing like observing the world's biggest island from a high rocky and snowy mountain after a challenging climb

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

February–May • activity

Hiking is possible even in winter. The only thing you need is showshoes

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Celebrations

December 24–December 25 • event

One of the most important holidays in the country is celebrated with some peculiar traditions

Kiviak

Kiviak

December–March • food

Hundreds of raw auks are wrapped into a sealskin, then sewn up and fermented under a heap of stone—that's the recipe of Greenland's typical winter delicacy

Ski Tours and Heliskiing

Ski Tours and Heliskiing

February–May • activity

Off-road skiing might be tough but the experience of riding in peaceful, virgin snow is definitely worth the effort

Mattak

Mattak

December 24–December 25 • food

This might sound cruel and weird but whale is a common delicacy in Greenland

Arctic Poppy and Purple Saxifrage

Arctic Poppy and Purple Saxifrage

July • nature

The hardiest flowers in the world bloom in the freezing cold