The weather in Nunatsiavut varies tremendously throughout the year. While the summer can be a moderate 20°C, the winter often brings -20°C to -30°C temperatures. Each season in Nunatsiavut offers something new, which our communities embrace for the opportunities they bring. All of our communities are close to the Atlantic Ocean, which can bring rapid changes in the weather each day. Be prepared for a variety of weather patterns during your visit. Nunatsiavut has close to 18 hours of daylight in the summer and less than seven hours of daylight in the winter.
Spring is the most celebrated season in Nunatsiavut! Temperatures tend to become milder, averaging -5°C to -10°C with little wind and beautiful blue sky sunny days. Spring is a time where people get outdoors and spend a lot of their time on the land. Cold winter temperatures can still occur, so if you’re visiting in spring, it is best to come prepared for winter conditions.
Summer temperatures in Nunatsiavut are moderate, averaging around 15°C to 20°C, with little rain and lots of sunshine. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies are particularly bad during the summer months, so it is worth having access to a bug jacket and insect repellant to make your stay the most enjoyable.
Temperatures begin to drop quickly in the evenings during the autumn/fall in Nunatsiavut. Generally, the winds begin to blow harder and the seas become stormier. Temperatures are still above zero, averaging around 10°C during the daytime. The first snowfall is expected towards the middle to end of October, depending on the community.
Winter in Nunatsiavut can be an amazing experience. Temperatures are cold, averaging -30°C (includes the wind chill) in the colder times of the winter. Despite the cold, Nunatsiavut’s communities embrace the winter and enjoy all the activities and access to the land that the snow brings with it.
If you visit Nunatsiavut in the winter and spring months, expect there to be a lot of snow. Our communities embrace the snowfall as a means of access to the land further from the communities. The roads in Nunatsiavut communities are not snow plowed in the winter months, so snowmobiles can be seen everywhere. If you arrive in a community during the winter, expect that you will receive a ride on a snowmobile from the airport to your accommodations.