November 2017
 
Winter has come. The day temperature is generally below zero degrees Celsius, and Greenland has dressed in white. The snow covers mountains, valleys and towns practically everywhere.
 

 

 
 
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The Northern Light
 

The daylight hours are decreasing rapidly during November, and the polar winter darkness begins this month in the Northern part of Greenland.
 
Although the polar darkness reigns - in Qaanaaq (Thule) the sun doesn't rise for a whole three months! - it is never totally dark. During the polar night, the sky is still lit up for a few hours during the daytime. The moon reflecting off the snow and ice makes it perfectly possible to go skiing. A unique experience: White earth, dark sky, soft light. Almost like a dream.
 
Now is the time for outdoor winter activities. Cross-country skiing is popular as weel as downhill skiing, and November is usually the time to begin.
 
Riding snowscooter is another winter acticity enjoyed by some people, and as a visitor to Greenland you can rent a snowscooter or buy a guided snowscooter tour at many local tourist offices.
 
Although snow covers the landscape it's still to early for dog-sledging except in the northernmost part of Greenland. You have to wait for the sea to freeze.
 
Greenland hosts several international winter events, and participants have started to register.
 
The Arctic Circle Race for cross-country skiers, regarded the toughest ski race in the World, takes place around Sisimiut late March - early April.
 
It's not really cold yet. In Ilulissat in the Disko Bay area the average temperature this month is -4,2 degrees Celsius (24 degrees Fahrenheit).
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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