Where Can I See Northern Lights in Greenland?

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The short answer is: everywhere.

It’s firmly into the autumn season – snow has come to stay in most places and the mornings stay dark longer each day. Time to hibernate? Think again. Here’s one reason to welcome the darkness – it makes seeing Northern Lights easier!

Read here about Northern Lights Hot Spots in Greenland.

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Do you know about the Big Arctic Five?

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If you can only do five things in Greenland, make it the Big Arctic Five! They are tried and true – every single memorable experience I have had in Greenland includes some combination of these essential elements!

Meet Pioneering People – At the center of everything are the people who live in and love this country!

Experience Ice and Snow with all 5 senses – Be it glaciers, floating icebergs, or the massive Ice Sheet, you are never far from this element!

Traverse landscape via Dogsled – Thanks to the Greenlandic Dog, who lives to run/pull a sled, you can get to places you could never dream of reaching on foot.

Gaze at the Northern Lights – Sunlight may be fleeting in wintertime, but the sky is far from dark. Watch the sky come alive as a vision of green and purple!

Go Whale-watching – Spot these majestic summer visitors during a sailing tour or maybe even from the comfort of your own balcony!

Also, stay tuned for upcoming posts about my personal experiences with each of the Big Arctic Five! Just select “Big Arctic Five” in the Category menu on the Home page!

Northern Lights

Sometime between late August and early September the Northern Lights became very visible. I do not know exactly when – I think the first time I had gone to bed quite early and Ulrik knocked on my door to tell me to look out the window, but I was too tired to really stay up and watch. But on one night they were out in full force, and I got a few good pictures of them (for a digital camera, that is)!