Due to Greenland’s location in the high north, it is one of the best destinations to see the northern lights (Aurora Borealis).
Across the cultures, the northern lights are believed to represent a number of myths. The Inuit believe that the lights are torches set by the spirits to lead the way to heaven. In Roman Mythology, it is the Goddess of Dawn, Aurora, who is dancing across the sky in preparation for the arrival her brother Sol – the Sun and daybreak. In Greenland, legend has it that the dead are playing football with the skull of a walrus.
The less ghoulish and more scientific approach suggests it is the solar winds and explosion of particles in the atmosphere that create the blue, violet, green and red colours that dance and glow across the sky much to the onlookers delight. It is the height of when these explosions occur that dictate the colours of the display.
When to Go
The Northern lights can frequently be observed during the summer months although they are most vivid between September and April when the short daylight provide a blacker nights’ sky.