But this doesn’t mean that the weather is always bad in Greenland – just sometimes.
Believe it or not, bad weather is one of the things we love most about Greenland. Yes, you read that right. We love bad weather! It’s the best excuse to get together with friends and family, snuggle up, and forget the world outside.
Check out our 7 favourite things to do in bad weather in Greenland.
We love to share our history and our culture with our guests, and one of the best ways to do this is through museums. There are museums in all major towns in Greenland and also in many smaller towns and settlements as well. From Greenland’s National Museum in Nuuk, to art museums in Nuuk and Ilulissat, to tiny museums located inside local houses in Ittoqqortoormiit and Kulusuk, there is a real variety of different kinds of museums to choose from.
Some towns have what we call “open air” museums, which means they are spread across a number of original local buildings, so are mostly inside. In other words, don’t be deterred by the name – you can also visit them in bad weather!
Gather with locals
Forsamlingshuse – literally, “gathering houses”, are a real staple of modern Greenlandic culture. They are a kind of community centre where all kinds of events take place – from flea markets, to music performances, to dance classes, to bingo. There are forsamlingshuse in most towns, but you’ll have to do a bit of investigation, as events are not generally advertised to tourists. Try checking bus stops or notice boards for flyers, or asking local people what’s on.
Immerse yourself in everyday culture
Greenland’s cultural centres are an easy opportunity for tourists to experience some local culture and mingle with local people in a natural setting. There are currently three official cultural centres in Greenland, with the biggest and most well-known, Katuaq, being located in Nuuk.
Katuaq is located in Nuuk’s city centre and contains a cafe, art exhibition space, concert hall and cinema/theatre space. Its big windows looking out onto Nuuk’s pedestrianised high street make it the perfect place to cosy up with a cup of coffee and some Greenlandic delicacies and watch the rain or snow fall outside.
Taseralik is Sisimiut’s cultural centre and it is also an impressive, modern building in a beautiful setting. Looking over the lake and mountains, it is worth braving the harsh conditions to make it to this idyllic spot where you can enjoy a warm drink at the cafe, some art in the exhibition space or a movie or theatre production in the concert hall.
Sermermiut cultural centre in Ilulissat is not as new or modern as the other two but is just as lively. It is located just up the hill from the town centre, opposite the Pisiffik and Elgiganten stores. Pop by to see what’s going on.