The winter in Uummannaq is an absolutely fantastic experience with snow, dog sleds and northern lights. With us, winter extends from November until the month of May. It’s a long season where you have plenty of opportunity to join our trips into the Arctic winter. We can hardly wait to welcome you to our winter excursions, and we look forward to showing you a world of snow and ice. For us, winter is the time of year when the dogs get excited for the sleds, and the walks go beyond the frozen Uummannaq Fjord with stretched shackles and lingering tails. Winter is also the time of year when the Northern Lights dance in the sky, forming a perfect scene for tales of old days and traditions. Visiting Uummannaq during the winter months is a delight for the soul.
A trip to Uummannaq in the winter offers experiences in the wild Arctic nature as it shows off its cold sides. In the winter season, our city is covered with a thick layer of snow, which puts a damper on a hectic everyday life. When the snow, frost and darkness take over the city in November, Uummannaq has good opportunities to experience the wonderful Northern Lights dance in the night sky. At Uummannaq Fjord Tours you can go on a Northern Lights hike or you can take a sleigh ride out on the ice under the stars and Northern Lights. Imagine how amazing it would be to ride a dog sled while the Northern Lights dance over your head. At Uummannaq Fjord Tours we can make that dream come true. When the ice lays its frozen mantle over the fjord, we can go dog sledding and hiking both day and night. Only the imagination sets the boundaries for your winter adventure.
When you visit Uummannaq in the winter you have a unique opportunity to follow in Lunte’s sleigh trail. Here in Uummannaq you have the opportunity to experience the same adventures as the Nissebanden, when in 1989 they were up to help Santa to get ready for Christmas. Like Lunte, you can hover over the ice while the dogs happily pull the sled. However, we cannot offer Gemyse’s beautiful singing voice, so you have to think of it.
Along the way on our sleigh rides you are not just a guest on a sleigh, you are an active part of the ride. When we ride a sledge it is a team experience and you become part of the team with the dogs and the cousin. Our cousin has a lot of experience in dog sledding and they look forward to teaching you about life with a dog bucket in northern Greenland. We promise you that it will be an experience of a lifetime.
Winter modes are cold and the frost can easily seem overwhelming when you see the low temperatures on the thermometer. Typically, the average temperature during the winter months is between -3 degrees and -20 degrees. Fortunately, the air is dry, which is why it doesn’t feel quite as cold. But that can’t be emphasized enough: REMEMBER PRACTICAL HOT CLOTHES AND BOOTS.
It’s dog-cold when we’re out on the sleigh rides and ordinary winter boots aren’t good enough for most people. We recommend that you buy or borrow boots that can go down to at least -40 degrees and preferably down to -73 degrees when active use. It may sound violent, but it is super annoying to get cold feet on the sleigh ride. When you sit on a dog sled, you have your feet against the wind, which is why they quickly cool.
Compared to outerwear, a regular ski jacket is usually not enough. You need a thick jacket and lined coveralls that can have multiple layers underneath. Layer-by-layer clothing is convenient in the cold. This way you have the opportunity to regulate the heat during the trip and from day to day. After all, it may not be as cold all the days you visit Uummannaq.
Remember, therefore, ski underwear, warm sweats in several thicknesses, warm and lined mitts, woolly inner gloves, a warm cap, warm socks, inner socks, scarf and sunglasses. It may seem a little strange to bring sunglasses, but the sun’s glare in the snow can bother your eyes. It is important that the sunglasses do not touch the skin directly, as it can cause frostbite. However, you can easily fix it by putting some tape on the glasses where they touch the skin. We recommend that your clothing be in wool as it warms, even if it gets wet with sweat. In addition, wool is a great material for regulating body heat.
The trips will be better overall experiences if you have clothes and boots that you feel comfortable in and that fit the weather.