Types of weather

All weathers are beautiful in their own way, as long as you are prepared for them. Here are 7 different types of weather with a few ideas for how to beat them at their own game. (Source: greenland.com)

Windy

Some towns are notorious for being windy – like Nuuk – but in general, any town or settlement in Greenland can get breezy at the drop of a hat, as nearly all of them are located on the coast. Winds of 5-10 mps are doable and nothing to worry about, but once you get up into the range of 15-20 mps, the wind is impossible to ignore. FYI – winds up to 25-30 mps are not uncommon.

Foggy

Fog can be tricky business because it not only makes the temperature drop but also disorients a bit by hiding landmarks in a grey, misty cloak.

High sunshine

High sunshine is of course what everyone would probably wish for, but maybe what nobody expects in Greenland. The truth is, in summer it actually can get surprisingly warm when sitting on the terrace or hiking with a pack. And north of the Arctic Circle, the sun does not go away in the summer months. In the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, there can easily be plenty of sunshine, but it probably won’t be warm enough to sit outside and sunbathe.

Cold to the bone

Greenland remains a frozen planet from late autumn to late spring with temperatures plummeting to 20-30 degrees below zero in many places in the coldest months of December, January and February. It is fantastic to imagine society thriving in this environment.

Snowy

The snow can be so peaceful and soothing, blanketing everything in a fresh layer of white that crunches underfoot. It even gives the air a particular scent.

Rainy

In summer, rain replaces snow, giving life to all the flowers and angelica, making them grow colourful and large while they can. Getting wet does not scare Greenlanders, so your city tour or outdoor adventure most likely will not get cancelled just because it is raining. Oddly enough, thunder and lightning are a rare occasion.

Total white-out & Piteraq storm

These most extreme of the extreme conditions are normal for Greenland here and there in the winter and spring, but they do not last for more than a few days. If you should travel on one of these days, you will be delayed. But don’t worry; cabin fever does not set in until Day 5.

If you experience delays due to weather the Airline you are travelling with, will provide your clients with accommodation, transportation to and from hotel and meal vouchers.

How to dress up?

There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. Regardless of whether you are travelling to Greenland during the winter, the spring or the summer, we recommend that you dress according to the layer-to-layer principle. The outermost layer should be wind and waterproof, and underneath you should wear items such as synthetic fibre fur and/or wool. Even in the middle of summer, when it can be warm on land, sailing trips can be cold as the temperature of the water is only one or two degrees Celsius (33-36 degrees Fahrenheit). So bring a hat, scarf and gloves with you on a sailing trip. During the summer it can occasionally be so warm that shorts and t-shirts are suitable, although mosquitoes can be a problem in July and August. It is important to bring a mosquito net, insect repellent and antihistamine if you are allergic to insect bites.

Regardless of the nature of your visit to Greenland, you will often have to travel a lot on foot, and frequently in hilly and uneven terrain. Therefore it is important to bring good, waterproof walking boots or walking shoes with a sturdy moulded sole. If it is the first time you are using this type of footwear, make sure you break the boots in before departure so as to avoid blisters.

If you are coming to Greenland in spring to drive a dogsled, you can hire leather clothing and boots at the local tourist office or from the sled tour company. This is highly recommended as even light winds at sub-zero temperatures can feel bitterly cold.

Summer

Winter