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1. Posted by wheres_luke (Budding Member, 4 posts) 28 Oct '12 15:29

Hi Guys

Im new to this whole world of travellerspoint, but I was after some help. I am thinking of going on a big trip next year, and part of my trip will involve trying. to get to Greenland (nuuk). Can anyone give me any information on the best way to get there from say London, also the best time of year to go in order to see the Northern Lights. Any info will be much appreicated

2. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 292 posts) 28 Oct '12 16:53

Sounds ambitious!

I'm pretty sure there are no direct flights, you'd get there via Copenhagen or Reykjavik - the latter is said to be cheaper as there's competition on the route, but I think it's summer only (Air Iceland - which isn't the same as Icelandair).

3. Posted by staaleand (Full Member, 23 posts) 29 Oct '12 14:17

Hi.
I do not know much about the flights, but I can tell a little about northern lights.
You have to go in winter, because it has to be dark to see these lights properly. Avoid the full moon as well. Nights during summer are short. The southern tip of Greenland is at lat 60 deg north (same as Oslo in Norway)- that means only 3-4 hours of twilight at the Summer Solstice, and even less further north. Perhaps contrary to popular belief the chance of seeing northern lights does not increase the further north one gets. You will actually have a better chance in the south of Greenland than in the north (just as well, south is the most accessible part).
Have a nice journey.

4. Posted by wheres_luke (Budding Member, 4 posts) 29 Oct '12 17:09

Thanks guys, I have looked into it and I can get a return flight with Air Iceland from Reykjavik for around $1000 Australian. I guess I really want to go to Nuuk as well in particular because it is the capital- doesnt necessarily mean it is the best spot in Greenland I know, but I think it would be pretty cool to visit the closest capital to the North Pole.

Summer months it is, seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list!

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5550 posts) 30 Oct '12 13:24

Quoting wheres_luke

but I think it would be pretty cool to visit the closest capital to the North Pole.

Summer months it is, seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list!

In that case, make Longyearbyen on Svalbard your capital for a visit, as it's the northernmost capital in the world. ;)
Probably a lot cheaper as well, guess you can find flights from Oslo or Tromso for less than half of what you pay for getting to Nuuk from Reykjavik.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Oct-2012, at 13:25 by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by staaleand (Full Member, 23 posts) 8 Nov '12 14:16

I agree with Utrecht that Longyearbyen/Svalbard is worth a visit. To label Longyearbyen a capital is, perhaps, a little bold. Svalbard is no country, it is regarded as a Norwegian administrative area. The Svalbard Treaty gave Norway the right to rule the area, with some limitations given in the treaty. Thus it is doubtful if Longyearbyen can be considered a capital, it is at least not a capital of an independent country. Greenland, on the other hand , should be considered a country nowadays, even if some ties to the former colonial power Denmark remains.