Greenland weather in December

Planning a journey to Greenland this December and curious over the weather conditions to await? Your essential details are found on this page, answering your query:

What is the weather like in Greenland in December?

In December, Greenland experiences a range of weather conditions, with temperatures that range from very cold to cold and precipitation levels ranging from low to heavy.

The average maximum daytime temperatures vary from very cold in Nord at -22°C to cold in Ittoqqortoormiit at 4°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 0°C in Ittoqqortoormiit and -28°C in Nord. In many areas in Greenland, December brings with it chilling temperatures. When visiting these parts during this time, it's of utmost importance to be ready. Choose clothing that is both layered and insulating to combat the cold effectively.

In December, precipitation varies across different areas. From low snowfall in Kangerlussuaq with an average of 16 mm to heavy snowfall in PrChristianSund with 199 mm.

For specific regional insights in Greenland for December, refer to the map provided below. For an in-depth overview of the yearly weather conditions, do visit our Greenland climate page.

Where to go in Greenland in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Greenland on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations in Greenland

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Greenland?

Average weather in Ilulissat

In December Ilulissat generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -9°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -16°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Ilulissat
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly snowfall Snowfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
-6°C 
-14°C 
30 mm 
9 days 
poor 
-9°C 
-16°C 
25 mm 
8 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-12°C 
-19°C 
19 mm 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Ilulissat

Average weather in Kangerlussuaq

In December Kangerlussuaq generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -12°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -20°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Kangerlussuaq
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly snowfall Snowfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
-8°C 
-16°C 
20 mm 
10 days 
poor 
-12°C 
-20°C 
16 mm 
8 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-15°C 
-23°C 
14 mm 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Kangerlussuaq

Average weather in Narsaq

In December Narsaq generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -4°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -11°C and moderate monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Narsaq
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly snowfall Snowfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
-1°C 
-8°C 
121 mm 
12 days 
poor 
-4°C 
-11°C 
84 mm 
12 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-5°C 
-12°C 
92 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Narsaq

Average weather in Kulusuk

In December Kulusuk generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -3°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C and high monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Kulusuk
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snowfall Snowfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
-0°C 
-4°C 
11 hours 
142 mm 
15 days 
poor 
-3°C 
-7°C 
0 hours 
157 mm 
14 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-4°C 
-8°C 
1 hour 
156 mm 
16 days 
poor 
Climate in Kulusuk

Average weather in Tasiilaq

In December Tasiilaq generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -3°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -8°C and high monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Tasiilaq
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snowfall Snowfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
-1°C 
-6°C 
11 hours 
128 mm 
15 days 
poor 
-3°C 
-8°C 
0 hours 
139 mm 
14 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-4°C 
-9°C 
1 hour 
141 mm 
16 days 
poor 
Climate in Tasiilaq

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Is December the best time to visit Greenland?

In our view, December might not be the best time to travel to Greenland with often poor weather in Ilulissat.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in June and July offering mostly tolerable weather in Ilulissat. On the other hand, the weather in January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December tend to be poor.

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