Qaqortoq, Greenland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Qaqortoq, Greenland? If you're planning to go to Qaqortoq, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Qaqortoq, Greenland

Based on the climate and weather in Qaqortoq, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Qaqortoq, Greenland by month

January

If you are traveling to Qaqortoq in January, you will notice that it is biting cold and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Very heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Insulated boots
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof coat

February

If you are traveling to Qaqortoq in February, you will notice that it is biting cold and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof boots
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots

March

March here is frosty and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains occasionally and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Multiple layer jacket shell

April

April for Qaqortoq is freezing and somewhat snowy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans

May

If you go to Qaqortoq in May, you will notice that it can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat

June

June in Qaqortoq can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear

July

In July, Qaqortoq can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Qaqortoq, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

August

In August, Qaqortoq is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Qaqortoq, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans

September

In September, Qaqortoq is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) and sometimes jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Qaqortoq, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

October

October in Qaqortoq is cold and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time.

It also snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots

November

November in Qaqortoq is frosty and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

It also snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy jacket
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters

December

If you go to Qaqortoq in December, you will notice that it is frosty and somewhat snowy. Expect it to rain once in a while and snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Qaqortoq, Greenland

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Qaqortoq, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, E, F and K
  • A SIM card that works in Qaqortoq
  • Appropriate museum wear

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