Non-toxic and free way in which to keep mosquitoes away!

1. Greenlanders' natural favourite

A completely non-toxic and free way in which to keep mosquitoes away is the Greenlanders' favourite. The local secret is the leaves from Labrador tea (qajaasat). Take the leaves and rub them between your hands and apply the juice to your face and other bare areas.

2. Enjoy the fog

Basically all Greenlandic towns are located right by the sea. On warm summer days, fog can be seen waiting a few kilometres out over the sea.

Once the evening comes, the fog often rolls in and the temperature drops. That makes the mosquitoes cold. So on those days when your adventure does not invite mountaineering, it's all about enjoying and taking advantage of the fog.

Mosquito facts

  • As soon as the night frost has released its grip, the mosquitoes begin to appear
  • Depending on where in the country you are, you can count on having mosquitoes as travelling companions from the middle of June until the end of August.

Try a sailing trip.

3. Keep close to the sea

No matter how good the weather is, you can find a breeze if you make your way to the sea. Hiking routes along the water are good places to avoid mosquitoes.

You could also try a sailing trip. Perhaps you will be so fortunate that the mosquitoes will be swapped with whales.

4. Use a mosquito net and mosquito repellent

You will not look like a tourist if you wear a mosquito net and smell strongly of mosquito repellent. Because the locals do too.

Both items can be purchased in the majority of supermarkets and in souvenir shops throughout the country. However, you may find that they are sold out, so buying them at home before your adventure begins is a good idea.

You will not look like a tourist if you wear a mosquito net.

They are hard to find around sheep farming locations.

5. Travel to a place where there are sheep

Even though mosquitoes thrive in most of South Greenland, they are hard to find around sheep farming locations. It is said that the mosquitoes simply cannot hatch in the water holes around the sheep.

So if you know that you cannot cope with the small swarms, then a farm holiday in the beautiful South Greenland countryside is perhaps the solution.