About Aasiaat

- one island among thousands -

250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle lies Aasiaat on the 62° latitude. During winter the temperature sometimes drop to 35°C below zero although it feels different because of the dry air. Read more below.

Climate

Average values

Summer

5-15°C above zero

Autumn

5-10°C below zero

Winter

15-30°C below zero

Spring

10°C below zero

Click the button to the left for more detalied graphs on the weather in Aasiaat.

The climate of the Greenland and Aasiaat is characterized by long, cold winters and short, cool summers. There is a large amount of variability in climate across the Greenland, but all regions experience extremes of solar radiation in both summer and winter which causes the spectacular phenomenon northern lights. In Aasiaat it is visible from October and until March. Greenland experience autumn and spring although they are short but very dramatic seasons.

The air quality in Greenland is among the best in the world due to it’s geographical position in the high north. Due to the low level of moisture in the air the line of sight is also increased a lot. From Aasiaat you can see the Disco Island which is located 70 kilometers away.

Another interesting fact about the dry air is that temperatures doesn’t affect you in the same way as you might be used to. Minus 10°C in Denmark would feel like 0°C in Greenland.

History

historical facts

Year 1759

Aasiaat was founded

Year 1763

massive growth

Year 1932

First school opens

Today

3,100 inhabitants

Click the button to the right for more information about the history of Aasiaat

Archaeological projects in the region have suggested human habitation in the region that includes Aasiaat as far back as the 5th millennium BC. The earliest modern settlers dated to around 1200; these were probably subsistence hunters.

Things to do

We specialize in arranging a pleasent A-Z experience for anyone who visits Aasiaat. We can help you to dive into your travel without a care. Your visit should be succesful, no matter what you aim for.

Our experiences varies from actionpacked snowmobile racing to cultural tours around the town. We look very much forward to seeing you here with us.

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AASIAAT WEATHER

Climate

Winter

The winter in Aasiaat is as arctic as you get it. The ocean surrounding Aasiaat is usually frozen which in itself is a spectacular sight.

sUMMER

Summertime is colortime. Birds are singing, flowers are decorating the ground and seal, whale and fishes fills the sea.

gLOBAL WARMING

In Greenland the consequences of global warming are very evident. In Aasiaat you’ll know it as soon as you speak to one of the local fishermen: The fishes are vanishing.

Fun-fact

Because of the extremely low humidity, cold doesn’t affect you the same way as E.G. in Scandinavia. So minus 20°C in Aasiaat feels like minus 40°C in Norway.

History lesson

In prehistoric times, Greenland was home to several successive Paleo-Eskimo cultures known today primarily through archaeological finds. The earliest entry of the Paleo-Eskimo into Greenland is thought to have occurred about 2500 BC. From around 2500 BC to 800 BC, southern and western Greenland were inhabited by the Saqqaq culture. Most finds of Saqqaq-period archaeological remains have been around Disko Bay, including the site of Saqqaq, after which the culture is named.

From 2400 BC to 1300 BC, the Independence I culture existed in northern Greenland. It was a part of the Arctic small tool tradition. Towns, including Deltaterrasserne, started to appear.

Newer history

Around 800 BC, the Saqqaq culture disappeared and the Early Dorset culture emerged in western Greenland and the Independence II culture in northern Greenland. The Dorset culture was the first culture to extend throughout the Greenlandic coastal areas, both on the west and east coasts. It lasted until the total onset of the Thule culture in 1500 AD. The Dorset culture population lived primarily from hunting of whales and caribou.