Historical City Walk | Nuuk
Let an eager and knowledgeable guide take you on a historical tour through Greenland's colorful capital, Nuuk.
On this tour the guide will walk you through the capital and let you explore a long gone time of dense history. The tour starts from the colonial harbor with its old, cozy buildings. Here you among others find the National History Museum. From here we will make our way over to the beautiful red Annaassisitta Oqaluffia Church located next to the statue of Hans Egede. You will get an insight to the city's development and be introduced to the many historical buildings and their use along with the newer parts of the city. You will get the history of the obvious buildings that you see, but also be introduce to places that are hidden to the bare eye. Here the guide will share his excellent local knowledge and stories with you.
The tour will continue to a more modern part of town, as you will be led over to the Greenland's parliament and Nuuk's Town Hall. In both of these locations we will have a look into the buildings if they are open at the time.
Do not hesitate to join on this lovely historical walk in Nuuk packed with stories and beautiful views. Click "Choose a date" to check the availability and book your tour.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 2 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Culture, City Walk
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Danish
The northernmost capital in the world. Expanding in all directions, mixing Greenlandic traditional- and modern culture, Nuuk the capital of Greenland is growing faster than ever and offers every opportunity for the nature- and culture loving guest.
History and background
The capital was founded in 1728 by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, and has today of more than 17,000 inhabitants. The center of Greenland lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system, on the mid-west coast of Greenland. The fjord system, is the second largest fjord system in the world, therefore offering piles of adventures all year around, originating from the capital.
Inspiration is to be found in all of Nuuk, as divergence and contrast dominates the town.
Nuuk is titled Colorful Nuuk, as the capital holds colourful houses and modern buildings, from start to end of the six kilometer long town. The colourful buildings are a trademark for the town, as they stand to contrast the environment of rock or white winter snow, creating a spectacular picturesque canvas for the eyes. The town’s infrastructure giving the full vision of the old and new perfectly collaborating.
Food & Culture
Nuuk is the national home of gourmet food, boutiques of all sorts, cultural venues, modern architecture and the leading conductor in Greenland of modern lifestyle, with an extension of traditional culture.
Entertainment is to be found in all of Nuuk, visit the local brewery and taste beer made of Greenlandic commodities, the national museum to explore vanished ages. Seek shelter from the Arctic winds in one of Nuuk's cozy cafés and get the heat with a cup of something good. For culture, visit the cultural venue, Katuaq and experience live traditional drumming or view modern and traditional inspired art. Explore all sites of Nuuk, from the city center to the suburbs, with the local busses that drive all days and connect all areas of the city.
The metropolitan town coincides with the nature that surrounds it. No matter where situated in the smallest capital of the world, there is easy access to the nature. The nature around Nuuk is dominated by rough and rocky landscape. Look to the north and you will see the iconic snow covered mountaintop of Sermitsiaq island from almost everywhere in town. If you look to the west you will see the mountain of Store Malene and just next to it the little sister Lille Malene, in their mother tounge Ukkusissat and Quassussuaq. Looking to the east you will see the smoother landscape of the Nordland, which is guarding Nuuk from the North Atlantic Ocean.
Hikes & Tours
Hiking around Store Malene and Lille Malene, are popular activities for the locals. Hiking to the top of Store Malene is a popular activity in summer and now ice-climbing tours are also available in wintertime. Lille Malene and its surrounding valleys make up a great recreational area for locals both in winter and summer. There different marked trails leading to the top and to some lovely lakes in the summer. In winter children and adults have fun around the two ski lifts on the mountainside.
Explore the wild, vast and wonderful nature of Greenland, when venturing into the Nuuk fjord system. Deep into the veins of fjord you can visit abandoned settlements, go fishing, explore ancient Inuit ruins and retracting glaciers, in the presence of cold arctic winds and wildlife. The city offers a wide range of excursions, regarding guided tours by boat, helicopter or by foot.
Nuuk offers the best opportunity to experience old traditions perfectly entwined with the twenty-first century.
What to see & what to do in Nuuk
- Boat Tours
- National Museum
- Nuuk Art Gallery
- Villages & Settlements
Departure time : Flexible
Atuagkat, bookstore in Nuuk city center
What to bring:
Clothes suitable for the weather
Good walking shoes
Good to know:
This is a walking tour, so you will be walking around for two hours. Please note that you in winter-time most likely will be walking in snow. Always remember to wear clothes that are suitable for the weather. This tour will only be confirmed when there are four reservations.