The best times to visit Greenland for ideal weather are
January 1st to December 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
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Weather in Greenland
Average temperatures in Greenland vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 34th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Greenland, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 48.9°F (9.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 38.2°F (3.4°C) at night.
Greenland Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Greenland Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Greenland Perceived Temperature (F)
Greenland Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Greenland Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Greenland are June, July, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.
When can you find snow in Greenland? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to mid November. The best time to ski (if at all) in Greenland is often around around November 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Greenland.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Greenland (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Greenland has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is December (59.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (74.4%).
Wind in Greenland is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by November and January. December’s average wind speed of around 10.9 knots (12.6 MPH or 20.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 20.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Greenland.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||10.6||Gentle breeze||18.1||Strong breeze|
|Feb||10.1||Gentle breeze||17.6||Strong breeze|
|Mar||9.6||Gentle breeze||16.8||Strong breeze|
|Apr||9.1||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|May||8.5||Gentle breeze||14.6||Strong breeze|
|Jun||7.6||Gentle breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.1||Strong breeze|
|Aug||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||9.3||Gentle breeze||16||Strong breeze|
|Oct||9.9||Gentle breeze||16.8||Significant breeze|
|Nov||10.7||Gentle breeze||18.5||Strong breeze|
|Dec||10.9||Gentle breeze||18.8||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Greenland?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Greenland; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Greenland is April, followed by November and July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Greenland in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Greenland Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 37.6°F (3.1°C) and 5.6°F (-14.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Greenland, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 39.3°F (4.1°C) and 16.6°F (-8.6°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: approximately 1 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Greenland to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 17.2°F (-8.2°C) and 5.6°F (-14.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
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