Nuuk – the capital of Greenland
Urban living and the beautiful fjords
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, balancing commerce and culture with fresh air and stunning views. Nuuk’s embrace of both the traditional and modern life can be seen in the city’s dynamic cultural life and way of life. The city bursts with local entrepreneurs, nature-oriented foods and sustainable activities, which makes this city an ideal destination for eco tourists.
Every day, all year round, people travel to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, and make this town the busiest in Greenland. Nuuk is also the largest town in Greenland. While Nuuk hosts a distinctly urban feel (despite its relatively small population of 17,000 people), nature is never far. The iconic mountains of Quassussuaq/Lille Malene and Ukussissat/Store Malene can be tackled on a hike just outside of downtown. It’s not long after departing Nuuk Harbor that the fjords transition to a true wilderness of snow-capped mountains and barren islands. The surrounding areas are perfect for sailing excursions, whale watching and hiking tours however mostly in spring, summer and autumn. In wintertime, skiing and snowboarding is the thing.
Visiting the Capital
A lot of people ask what is the capital of Greenland like? Nuuk is always worth a visit and we offer several tours to Nuuk either as short trips to Greenland or roundtrips where Nuuk is part of a larger tour of Greenland. Tourists come to Greenland for various reasons and to explore various activities and experiences. Nuuk offers most of them but not all of them.
You should visit Nuuk to experience the Capital of Greenland, to go whale watching in the fiords of Nuuk and to explore the beautiful surroundings. The fjord system is the second largest in Greenland (and the world) – large enough to easily contain the Faroe Islands.
However, if you wish to experience large icebergs and go dog sledding, Nuuk is not the place. Then you should consider a round trip in Greenland to combine Nuuk with other places in Greenland. However, Nuuk is great to visit on a short trip from Iceland since both Air Greenland and Air Iceland have direct flights to Nuuk Airport.
We almost always offer Nuuk in combination with other destinations, and as an embarking and disembarking city for the popular coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk.
The Capital of Greenland – also from a cultural perspective
In the eyes of the Greenlanders, Nuuk’s population makes Nuuk a big city. And, actually, it is fairly big. In fact, it takes several hours to walk from one end of Nuuk to the other, as the town itself has gradually spread across a large area. For instance, the suburb of Nuussuaq would be Greenland’s second-largest town had it been a separate town.
Cultural life is thriving in Nuuk, which is not only due to the architectural gem of the Katuaq Cultural Center in the heart of town, but due to the fact that the many people make it possible to practice all sorts of cultural activities. This not only includes traditional Greenlandic culture, which can be found in most villages in Greenland, but also genres such as classical music, rock and Arctic hip-hop have a scene in the town.
A place not to miss is the National Greenland Museum where you find the famous Qilakitsoq Mummies. Nuuk Art Museum has changing exhibitions of modern art, and your guests should also visit the old church situated in the colonial part of Nuuk.
Restaurants in the capital
When you come to the capital of Greenland, you have to try some of the wonderful restaurants in town. The average standard of living in Nuuk is high, which gives rise to a lot of interesting restaurants and cafés. At Hans Egede Hotel, for instance, you will find the Sarfalik restaurant, serving amazing versions of Greenlandic cuisine.
Not far from there, you can taste Greenlandic sushi at the Thai restaurant Charoen Porn. Just across the street, the kitchen of Café Esmaralda is also popular among diners. Nuuk is located close to the Baffin Bay, making it chillier in town than in the fjord system where summers are really lush. The fjord system is also home to Restaurant Qooqqut Nuan, which serves delicious dishes while providing you with an outstanding view.
The sea and the whales of Nuuk and Greenland
A whale photo safari in Nuuk is a must when visiting the capital of Greenland, and so are the fascinating boat trips to the old settlements near the town. In the waters surrounding Nuuk, humpback whales and minke whales are common visitors.
If you do not have time to go sailing, make a quick stop to the point behind Tele Greenland. From this vantage point you can get a great view of both the town and the suburbs, but also of the fjord where your guests are likely to spot a whale swimming by.
Northern lights in Nuuk
Nuuk is a great place to watch Northern Lights even though Nuuk is a larger town with a lot of street lights and lights from the windows. Your guests do not have to go very far to get away from the lights and see the beautiful Northern Lights on a dark and clear night sky.
Sports in Nuuk
Nuuk is an excellent winter sports resort. Next to the airport your guests will find the foot of several ski slopes. Three lifts make sure that they are able to find new slopes all the time. Snowboarding is very popular too, and it is also possible to tyr out snowmobiles outside of town. If your guests enjoy cross-country skiing, they can gain access to a lot of tracks directly from within the town.
If you visit in summer, the capital of Greenland also has a nine-hole golf course, which has a lot of natural obstacles as it is placed in beautifully undulating terrain.