May is the perfect time for heliskiing. Heliskiing opportunities arise all over in Greenland, but skiing enthusiasts say that the mountains near Maniitsoq and Ammassalik are pristine places to be dropped by helicopter on an untouched snowy peak.
June is splendid with the midnight sun already in full swing up in North Greenland – and there’s lots you can do during summer such as kayaking, hiking, whale watching and iceberg harvesting – but for a special cultural experience, consider the colourful celebrations of National Day in the capital on the 21st of June.
Most activity is centred around the Colonial Harbour in Nuuk, where there will be live entertainment, folk dancing, and a locally-inspired barbeque. The day is usually kicked off with cannons shooting and choirs singing. For cultural buffs who really want to immerse themselves into society, this one’s for you.
July is fishing season! Greenland is the best place for non-fishy people to try their hands at catching a scaly specimen – you won’t get a better chance for success anywhere else in the world. Many fishermen who come love the thrill of fishing Arctic char, while the locals of Greenland also get kicks out of trying to fishing with their hands only.
August turns lush and green in South Greenland. Check out the Norse Ruins and visit remote sheep farms overlooking icebergs, both reasons why the region has UNESCO World Heritage status. This is a great time to visit for a relaxed yet active vacation. (Note: I left my heart in South Greenland when I visited last year with my family).
This month is a perfect time to go hiking and sailing in the fjords of Greenland. You might still see some whales in the area, but you will definitely have the chance to go hiking in nature, picking herbs and berries. The northern lights begin to dance in all of their glory, and those pesky mosquitoes who were buzzing around you during early summer will have disappeared. What’s not to like about September?
For the locals, September is all about reindeer season. If you’re into that sort of thing, you can join trophy hunting trips with licensed operators.
October kicks off the ‘Coolest Marathon on Earth’ – the Polar Circle Marathon. Obviously, this event is for running enthusiasts, with the twist being that you will run parts of the race by the Ice Cap. It is also a cosy event, with a cap on the number of participants allowed to run.
November is your chance to have a sleeping vacation and slow down completely! The sun has already set for the year in the northernmost parts of Greenland, but down south there is still the softest light you can imagine. The gentle hues of sunset coaxed out by the sun are some of the most stunning you can imagine, making it a photographer’s dream to capture.
December brings in the Christmas spirit and orange stars hanging by the window light the streets.
At the end of the month, a popular event only launched a few years ago is New Years in Ilulissat – welcome the new year with celebrations overlooking the gorgeous icefjord.