Winter adventure in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut
Clear blue skies, blinding white snow, packs of sled dogs and the chance to watch the northern lights unfold in the night sky are just some of the experiences awaiting you on a winter trip to Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
You will spend the first two days in Kangerlussuaq, which is the only place in Greenland where you can both see and get to stand on the Ice Cap. This white ice desert is an impressive experience and the tour is led by an informative guide. Large herds of musk oxen and reindeer are another typical feature of the Kangerlussuaquan landscape, and if you are lucky, you might get to see some of these Arctic animals in their natural habitat.
The journey continues to Sisimiut where you will spend the next five days. This picturesque town lies north of the Arctic Circle. It is the northernmost town in Greenland to have an ice-free harbour throughout the winter season, and, at the same, it is the southernmost town to have sled dogs, which even in the more modern Sisimiut are a common sight during winter. With 5,500 inhabitants, Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town. Here you will meet Greenlanders running traditional businesses, including fishing and hunting, while young students study to become Arctic engineers.
There is no shortage of fine, clean snow here during winter. In February and March, you get to experience a proper Arctic winter in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut with average temperatures dropping to around minus 15 degrees centigrade. During particularly cold spells, the temperature might drop as far as minus 30-40 degrees. Fortunately, it never feels as cold as it sounds, thanks to bone-dry air, bright sun and clear blue skies.
There are many ways to explore the winter-clad Sisimiut, and you have an abundance of opportunities to try dog sledding, hikes, cross-country and alpine skiing, boat trips, snow scooters, museum visits and watching handicraft artists at work. And when the day is over, simply turn your gaze upwards to marvel at the magic of the northern lights unfolding in the sky. A real Greenlandic winter adventure!