There are about 500 plant species in Greenland, but there is a big difference between the vegetation in the great polar deserts in the north and the lush and well protected valleys in the south. The Arctic summer is short but hectic, and it means that the country is flourishing in the period from early July to mid-August. Greenland’s national flower is broad-leaved willowherb, which in Greenlandic is called “Niviarsiaq” which means “young girl”.
You can experience the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle. It lasts from one day to five months – all depending on how far north you travel. The sun is one of the most common things in life. Every day it rises and sets again in the evening, which creates the switch between day and night. But each summer, north of the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun disturbs this common perception of time.
The northern lights are visible in the sky above Sisimiut from late September to late March. On a starry night, you have a great chance to see the northern lights. The best way to experience the northern lights is to go outside the city, where it is darker and the lights are clearer.
Attach the skins on your skis, and then you’re ready to go into the mountain landscape surrounding Sisimiut. An absolutely wonderful way to combine a beautiful mountain experience, exercise your body and find the best snow.
Ski touring is a very popular winter sport for nature lovers.
You will get the best introduction to the area’s geology if you go west from the old heliport into Sisimiut and follow the gravel road, that can be found at the bottom of the Ulkebugt. After crossing the small river that flows out to the Ulkebugt, that with its fresh water gives many of the locals water for tea and coffee or to fill their waterbottles when they are hiking.
The nature surrounding Sismiut gives us a large amount of different hiking routes that reveal some of the area’s finest places. We have selected some of the best routes, and marked them with images. There are both hiking routes for beginners as well as experienced hikers.