The first tour I went on was a refreshing boat trip to the abandoned settlement Kangeq to have a look at what’s standing left. I’ve always had an interest in exploring abandoned buildings, but in addition, to explore, I also got to learn a lot about the history of this town and why it’s abandoned.

The day started with being pretty foggy, which were a good start considering we were going to a ghost village.
Exploring the ghost settlement KangeqDisappearing in the fog as we were on our way to Kangeq.

Exploring the ghost settlement KangeqI didn’t want to freeze so I made sure to put many layers of clothes on, including a bit too big survival suit.

As we arrived, we walked on land to take a closer look at the abandoned buildings. I got really excited and decided to explore some buildings a little further away while the others stayed closer to the boat. I must admit that I wish I brought someone with me because some of the buildings looked pretty scary, and I didn’t dare to look inside through the windows, even though I wanted to. I gave it a try to film inside without looking, but unfortunately didn’t the filming turn out well...

Kangeq is known for its good hunting and fishing opportunities. In former days, the men used to go hunt and fish, while the women usually worked in the factory. 
Exploring the ghost settlement KangeqThis is how the factory looks like today.

The villagers of the settlement were forced to move into Nuuk because of lack of labor force in the factories. I think it’s a shame because it was a beautiful settlement, despite the worn out buildings.
Exploring the ghost settlement Kangeq

Exploring the ghost settlement KangeqThere is more than just abandoned buildings to see on the island.

The settlement isn’t actually completely abandoned, because of on the other side of the bridge was it someone living in the houses. And there is actually someone who works on renovating one of the houses in the middle of the ghost town.
Exploring the ghost settlement Kangeq

After a small coffee break with good company, we kept on going the tour to the island of hope before returning back to Nuuk. That's where Hans Egede lived for 5 years before moving to Nuuk. Hans Egede is a Norwegian priest who founded both Kangeq and Nuuk.

Exploring the ghost settlement KangeqThe island of hope is right by the island where the Kangeq settlement is.

Either if the settlement stays a ghost town or gets renovated, it will still be a beautiful place I would recommend others to visit too. Especially if you’re interested to learn more about the history behind Kangeq.

 

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