Ghost Settlement | Kangeq | Nuuk
Come along and visit one of the old abandoned settlements in the Nuuk area.
Kangeq is located on the Nordland, east of Nuuk. The settlement was inhabited until the industrialization in the 1960's where the inhabitants were forced to the capital, Nuuk. Since then the place has been abandoned and resembles a ghost town, where time has stopped. A trip to Kangeq, is a journey taking you back in time.
It takes around 45 minutes to sail from Nuuk to Kangeq. You will have one and a half hour on land to explore the settlement yourself before we sail back.
The sailing in itself is a good experience, as you will see the beautiful landscape from a new angle. You can enjoy the view of the mountains, the seabirds and the fresh arctic wind. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of a seal, whale or other arctic wildlife as well.
The lands have been inhabited by inuits for 100 of years, as it was a former inuit trading ground. Walk in the footsteps of inuits, while searching for vanished ages in the grounds. History is displayed in the old colorful trite houses, as the cores tell stories of the modest living conditions found in the colonial period. Search for inuit ruins and learn more about Greenland's present, by exploring it's past. Neighbouring the island, is the Island of Hope. The Island of Hope was inhabited by Hans Egede for years, before colonizing Nuuk.
Do not hesitate to join on this new adventure, to see the availability and to book your trip click on "Choose a Date" above.
- Available: May. - Sep.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Activities: Culture, Sailing, Settlement Visit
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Danish, Greenlandic
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
Nuuk is surrounded by a huge fjordsystem, with a lot of hidden gems to be explored. Visit the abandoned settlements and the amazing Nuuk Icefjord.
Departure time : Flexible
Iggia - Boat Bridge O, Qassuserfik
Survival-suit & life-vest
What to bring:
Warm and practical clothes
Good to know:
Remember to wear warm, practical clothes and shoes, as you are exposed to wind and water on a boat trip.
If there are less than 4 passengers booking upon departure day, the adventure will be cancelled.
Notice Kang Tourism APS claims the right to cancel tours due to bad weather, technical problems or sickness.