Standing there, with your feet planted securely in the Greenlandic snow, gazing upwards at the fascinating blanket of verdigris green stretching across the night sky, you will feel small and humble. Suddenly the concepts of infinity and timelessness seem to make sense.
When you look out onto the magnificence of Greenland's scenery, a quite unique mood often envelops you. Thanks to the silence and the sense of connectedness with nature, you will attain a state of equanimity and serenity that's otherwise rare in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Northern Lights are a welcome setting for your journey into this mood.
The Northern Lights weave a soft velvety wave across the firmament and remind you of the grandeur of space and your own insignificance.
The scene provides a feeling of inner warmth and happiness - in spite of the cold that stings your cheeks. The Northern Lights represent a catalyst for emotions that aren't often explicitly expressed. It's as if the Northern Lights remind us of our ancient origins and of the reasons for our existence on this planet.
Or otherwise the fantastic scene just represents a break from our busy everyday lives, which can otherwise often be difficult to make sense of.
The Northern Lights require darkness. The phenomenon is therefore best experienced as far away from artificial light, e.g. streetlights, as possible. It's also best when the skies are clear and the nights are long, i.e. during the winter season, which stretches from September to April. During the summer, the Northern Lights are simply not visible because of the midnight sun which lights up the sky both day and night.
Read more about the Northern Lights here.
Getting there and away
The Northern Lights can be seen in all parts of Greenland, with the best conditions being towards the north, although visitors must be aware of the seasonal variations as described above.
Several tour operators in Greenland offer excursions that focus on the Northern Lights by travelling outside the range of artificial light in the towns - for instance by dogsled - in order to experience the spectacular display of light in the night sky.
Practical info about Northern Lights
No physical requirements. No previous experience needed.
Little or no requirements on physical condition or previous experience.
Some requirements on physical condition. Previous experience may be needed for some activities.
Highly demanding activities, requiring good physical condition and endurance. May involve extremely low temperature, rough terrain, etc. Previous experience needed.
Please note that some activities can be found on several adventure levels, and offerings may vary by location.
What time of the year?
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