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

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

When to go to Upernavik, Greenland

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

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

January

If you are traveling to Upernavik in January, you will notice that it can be bitter cold. Daytime temperatures are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • High performance gloves
  • Coveralls
  • Goggles for eye protection

February

If you go to Upernavik in February, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold. Daytime temperatures are in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thick pajamas
  • High performance gloves
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Coveralls
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear

March

March here is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thick pajamas
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves

April

April in Upernavik is beyond freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Coveralls
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas

May

If you go to Upernavik in May, you will notice that it is very cold. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens

June

If you visit Upernavik during June, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you go to Upernavik in July, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August is cold. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Upernavik is frigid. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). 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:

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

October

October for Upernavik is frigid. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket

November

November is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December is beyond freezing. Temperatures average in the single digits F (10+ below zero C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • High performance gloves

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Upernavik, 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 Upernavik
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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