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Facts about West Greenland | The most popular area in Greenland

To the locals, Western Greenland is also known as Mid Greenland, and it spans from Nuuk in the south to a place slightly north of Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq. Nuuk and Sisimiut are the two largest towns in Greenland, but they are very diverse.

Around Nuuk in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Kangerlussuaq Airport - neighbour to the Greenland Ice Sheet

The vast majority of people arriving to Greenland, land at Kangerlussuaq, which is located at the base of fjord, which is 180 kilometres long. Kangerlussuaq is actually the only place in Greenland, which is located this far inland, making the climate highly stable – compared to the general conditions in Greenland where the weather is sovereign.

Kangerlussuaq is an excellent point of departure for travelling in Greenland. In Kangerlussuaq, the easy access to the Ice Cap is by far the biggest scoop. Make sure you go on an excursion in there while you are here. From Kangerlussuaq you can travel either south or north in order to get completely different impressions of the large country. You can also go to the end of the fjord where Sisimiut is located.

The Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Sisimiut in West Greenland

Sisimiut is a beautiful fishing town with a lot of offers for those who seek exciting adventures. Climbing, diving, trekking, skiing and snowboarding, running and dogsledding are some of the many activities the city invites you to try. Sisimiut Hotel has nice rooms and an excellent restaurant, so you might want to spend some time here.

Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Nuuk - the capital of Greenland

Some hundred kilometres south of Sisimiut, Greenland's capital, Nuuk, is located. With its 16,000 citizens, the atmosphere here is unlike that of any other town in the country. Nuuk is home to administration and education, but you will also experience characteristic Greenlandic elements such as hunting, fishing and the many different-coloured houses that lie scattered in the landscape.

Nuuk is a large town – at least by Greenlandic standards. And it will take you several hours to walk from one end of the town to the other. Culture, restaurants and striking architecture lie side by side with more questionable architecture. We would like to write that the latter has its own charming character, but you would immediately be able to call out the lie once you get there. The intense work of renewing the housing stock in Nuuk is currently on-going, and new housing estates shoot up all over town at the same rate as the old town centre is being modernised. Here, you will find the beautiful arts centre, Katuraq, Nuuk Centre and an abundance of restaurants, pubs and cafés. But the town centre also holds the stunning, old colonial area with Greenland National Museum where the incredibly well preserved mummies are exhibited and the museum's restaurant, Nipisa, overlooks the fjord.

Katuaq in Nuuk in Greenland
Photo: Daniel Gurrola - Visit Greenland

The coastal vessel in West Greenland

Many travellers choose to experience several of the Western Greenlandic towns by travelling on board the coastal vessel to the Disco Bay in Northern Greenland where the massive icebergs are chilling.

The coastal ship in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

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