Northern Lights over Greenland

Winter nights in Greenland are not just dark

Photo: Iurie Belegurschi

Northern Lights over Greenland

There is nothing as beautiful as the Northern lights dancing across the night skies. Regardless of whether they are mostly »only« shades of green and yellow, or at times when they are in all the colours of the rainbow.  
The Northern lights – Aurora Borealis – shimmer over the sky like long curtains. They can light up the night skies of Greenland for hours, while they change in intensity and colour. 
Some of the Greenlandic legends say the Northern lights are the dead, playing football with a skull. Others say you can be caught up by the Northern lights, if you whistle at them. 

Northern Lights over Greenland

September to April
It is the sun’s surface activity that creates magnetic particles in the sky and increases the amount of Northern lights. Greenland usually has a lot of Northern lights, but after bigger so-called solar flares there are periods each year with more Northern lights than usual. 

Northern Lights over Greenland

Season
Greenland is the same size as Western Europe and the season for Northern lights starts in August in Southern Greenland, and a little later to areas further north. 
There are magnetic particles in the sky all year round, but from April the light is so bright in Greenland, that it is no longer possible to see the Northern lights.  

Northern Lights over Greenland

 

Northern Lights over Greenland