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Facts about Sisimiut in Greenland | Greenland's adventure hub

Sisimiut offers plenty of opportunities for you to make exciting experiences that are highly unusual – even to the Greenlanders themselves. You will find a wide range of options for being active in nature – either taking relatively relaxed hikes or checking out activities for the more hard-core travellers. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, making it a modern city – at least in the eyes of the Greenlanders.

Video about dog sledding in Sisimiut

Winter sports

The Arctic Circle Race is recognised as one of the toughest cross-country skiing races in the world. It spreads across three days, and when you cross the finish line, you will have covered 160 kilometres on skis. This is certainly not for everyone. But you will find numerous other ways to experience the snow. In the hinterland of Sisimiut, a lift will lead the way towards alpine skiing, and the many trails for cross-country skiing lie at your feet. Sisimiut is the southernmost town in Greenland where sled dogs are permitted, so both in town and especially outside of it, sled traffic can be dense. Many locals also enjoy racing their snow scooters out into the white wilderness.

Wintersport in Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Visit Greenland

Summer sailing

Just like anywhere else in Greenland, the harbour is bustling with life during summer. Sisimiut is an important fishing town in Greenland, making the harbour quite lively all year round. But during summer, the busy fishermen lie side by side with the many yachters who are preparing their boats for weekend and evening outings. You can get out on the water here too, as many offer boat trips to tourists. Sisimiut also attracts a lot of diving enthusiasts, who want to try diving into the cold Arctic water – guided by local experts.

Sommer sailing in Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

A modern city

The people of Sisimiut have an amazing self-confidence, making them less reserved than other Greenlanders. This gives the town its wonderful atmosphere and nightlife with lots of fun. A good night out might begin at Sisimiut Hotel with a delicious meal. Several of the large organisations and businesses operating in Greenland are headquartered in Sisimiut, providing a good foundation for the entertainments. Moreover, Sisimiut is a town of education, attracting a lot of young people to the town.

Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Visit Greenland


Sisimiut has trails for hiking in all degrees of difficulty. The easier trails take you through town itself and its outskirts as well as into the mountains, where you will reach the upper air and find spectacular vantage points. The hike between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq is popular among tourists and Greenlanders alike, and you can choose between many options for this hike. During the long walk, you can spend the night in cabins where you will often meet fellow travellers that you can spend a great evening with in front of the fire as dusk falls. Sisimiut brands itself with these three words: 'Rough. Real. Remote.', which signal that you have a wide range of options for exposing yourself to the elements.

Hiking in Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Olafur Rafnar Olafsson - Visit Greenland

The museum and culture

The museum in Sisimiut allows you to experience local history as well as some cultural historical treats, exhibiting early life in Greenland. Several places invite you to experience the production and sale of Greenlandic arts and crafts. The people of Sisimiut enjoy making new things and you will be able to discover interesting stores selling everything under the sun. Perhaps you would want to go swimming under the sun –in Sisimiut, you will find the only outdoor swimming pool in Greenland. Another special place is Qiviut, producing and exporting loads of wool from musk oxen. This wool makes for some of the warmest and softest products you can imagine.

At the Taseralik Arts Centre, you can experience concerts, plays, films and much more, and its café offers a great view to enjoy while you have a drink or a bite to eat.

Old town in Sisimiut in Greenland
Photo: Visit Greenland

Guide to Sisimiut

Sisimiut has something to offer in all four seasons, and regardless of when you decide to explore the area, an abundance of great natural experiences awaits you.

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