The Abandoned Settlement of Kangeq & The Island Of Hope | Nuuk

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Hans Egedesvej 78, Nuuk 3900, Greenland
3 hours
English, Danish
All year

Are you interested in the colonial history of Greenland and wanting to see what a small Greenlandic settlement looked like? Join us on this 3-hour excursion to the now abandoned village of Kangeq and the site of the first settlement in Greenland - the Island of Hope.

Starting from the harbour, you will sail for 30-45 minutes in the comfort of our heated, closed boat to arrive in Kangeq. This former whaling village was abandoned in the 1970s as part of the government’s repatriation scheme as they consolidated of the population centers of Greenland. It has barely been touched since, and you can get a good feeling for the harsh living conditions of the early 1900s by exploring the cores of the slowly crumbling buildings.

You will have about an hour to wander around the open-air museum of Kangeq and imagine what life was like, before we set sail for the Island of Hope. This is where the missionary Hans Egede established the first settlement in Greenland, which was later moved to the more protected position that Nuuk currently occupies.

We will sail around this historically important island at the mouth of the Nuuk Fjord before returning to the capital. 

For a glimpse of the history of Greenland as told by its colonial settlements, select your date of travel and click Book Now.


Life Jackets
Tea & coffee
Heated Boat Cabin
Restroom on board


Boat Tour
Settlement Visit


Nuuk Fjord

What to bring

Layered clothing. Including an outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom).
Warm hat, gloves & neckwarmer
Water & snacks

Good to know

The exact route for the tour is dependent on wind and weather conditions. To ensure the best experience, we may need to alter slightly.

This adventure takes place on a boat with a heated and closed cabin. However, if you wish to go outside on the deck while the boat is moving, you will be exposed to wind and possibly the sea. Make sure you bring appropriate wind- and waterproof clothing.

It is possible to order a sandwich for your tour as part of the booking process. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own snacks.

This tour has a minimum requirement of 2 passengers. If, we do not reach the minimum number of passengers, the tour will be cancelled and you will be refunded the paid price.

The terms and conditions of this tour can be found in the supplier description.

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