Best time to visit Greenland

Hiking

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

Hiking in Greenland 2019 - Best Time
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Greenland is huge, around the size of Western Europe, but 85% of its surface is covered with ice and snow all year round. Such conditions, being surrounded by ice and water, really radiate a genuine feeling and even smell of the Arctic​. This frosty and raw smell makes hiking in Greenland especially pleasant. There's absolutely no trouble with finding a route for hiking or trekking since there's a great system of trails, especially in the South. The towns are small, surrounded by natural landscapes, so short one-day hikes are possible. Longer hikes between towns are also possible—like Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq along the Arctic Circle Trail. The diverse scenery of valleys, lakes, and hills is quite spectacular. The eastern part of Greenland is great for mountain hiking thanks to some high mountains with dramatic views. The mountain air is so dry and clear that you can see quite far and experience the enormity of this island first-hand. The best time for hiking and trekking is usually between June and September, but August is especially great because there are fewer mosquitos too.

Hikers near a waterfall in Narsarsuaq 2019
Hikers near a waterfall in Narsarsuaq
Two hikers approaching Tasiusaq sheep farm in South Greenland 2019
Two hikers approaching Tasiusaq sheep farm in South Greenland
A hiker overlooking Kobberfjorden near Nuuk 2019
A hiker overlooking Kobberfjorden near Nuuk
A hiker on Ukkusissaq - Stroe Malene in the midnight sun overlooking Sermitsiaq near Nuuk  2019
A hiker on Ukkusissaq - Stroe Malene in the midnight sun overlooking Sermitsiaq near Nuuk
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