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About Day Tours in Winter

1. Is it dark all the time?

No, it is only in the farthest north that we have complete darkness. The sun lights up the sky even when it is below the horizon, so there are long hours of twilight colors in the sky around midday in many places. Days are short, of course, so you have plenty of time to watch out for northern lights, enjoy the stars and moonlight on the snow.

If you’re coming in the spring, from mid March to April, actually it’s very light. After spring equinox in late March, we have long hours of daylight combined with powder snow. If you’re going to north Greenland in mid April, you’ll be enjoying the sunset at around 10 o'clock in the evening.

2. How cold is it?

In Ilulissat in the north, be ready for -20°C/-4°F if you’re going in February. It can be milder that that and also colder, of course. In April, it’s around -10°C/+14°F, with some days going over 0°C/+32°F. Spring in Greenland is like going to a ski resort. If you are going south to for example to Nuuk, it’s about 10 °C/5°F warmer than up north.

3. How shall I dress?

Dress in layers, and have a good warm coat, also warm overpants. Warm hat, socks, gloves, and make sure your hiking boots/snow boots are warm. If you take a lot of photos, it’s a good idea to layer your gloves, and wear thin gloves inside that can handle your camera. A good neck warmer can be a key item to keep your warm.

4. Do I have to join a tour to see the northern lights?

 You will see the northern lights if they are out in the sky, but the good thing about joining a tour is that you can go out where there is no artificial light, and enjoy the show in the sky in a nice landscape. You can also enjoy exchanging tips with the guide or other travelers on the tour, on how to take good photos of the northern lights.

5. What do you recommend to do in the winter?

Northern light tours are a favorite, and it’s fascinating to have a backdrop of icebergs reflecting the northern lights. There are different kind of tours, from driving out into the countryside, to boat trips, snowshoeing, or dog sledding in search of northern lights.

The dogsled is still used in Greenland for hunting, fishing and transportation. A dog sledding experience, either for a few hours, or a week-long expedition, will give you a glimpse of how life is in the Arctic. 

Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to get around in the winter and spring. You just strap your hiking boots onto the snowshoe, and go out to enjoy the scenery.