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Get authentic cultural experiences in Greenland, you can learn to speak Greenlandic, visit a local home or learn more about our traditions.

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Get authentic cultural experiences in Greenland, you can learn to speak Greenlandic, visit a local home or learn more about our traditions.
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Experience the making of Greenlandic National Costumes | Ilulissat

Come visit the local Women’s Association house. Here you will learn about Kalaallisuut and have a first-hand experience of Greenlandic culture and traditions. “Kalaallisuut” means National costumes of Greenland/Inuit and is well worth a visit even if you are not interested in fashion or clothing. In Greenland, the Women’s Association is very well known in every town and they have over 800 members nationally. Every week they meet each other for a cup of coffee and talk about old Greenlandic handcrafts and traditions. It is important to keep and take care of the old traditions because nowadays there are only a few who master the knowledge for making the Kalaallisuut. That is why the Women’s Association is well known, for protecting a special cultural heritage, which they try to pass on to the next generation. You will be transported from the meeting point to the Women's Association’s house; where one or two members waiting for us to arrive. Within the 2 hours, there will be some demonstration of techniques and treatment of the seal skin and the Kalaallisuut. They will show you national costumes for both men and women, and tell stories about the costumes. You will get a chance to touch and feel with your own hands, like the suit, the pearls, and the seal skin. After Greenlandic tradition, coffee will be served and maybe cake to the guests. In the end, we go back to where we started. It is 2 interesting hours if you are visiting Greenland or Ilulissat, not only to experience it but also to learn some of our traditions and culture. It gives a different perspective and supports local initiatives. Come dive deep into our cultural heritage, just click on “choose a date” above and find a day that suits you.

Duration:
2 hours
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All year
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Duration:
30 minutes
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Jul. - Aug.
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Duration:
3 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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Duration:
1 hour
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Nuuk city tour by car

Join this tour through the world's smallest capital, Nuuk, and get a sense of how the city evolves. You’ll be driven by car or bus with a professional guide who will tell you about the exciting history behind the colorful capital. Although the capital's inhabitants are just around 18,000,  you’ll see a fascinating cross between the urban and traditional way of life. You can go to the cinema after a nice visit at the café while meeting fishermen or hunters selling the catch of the day in the market. Like the rest of the cities in the Greenlandic coast, Nuuk is located by the coast and is surrounded by breathtaking nature - mountains and the sea play together very well in the hustle and bustle of the city atmosphere. Nuuk is divided into 3 parts. Nuuk is the centre of the city, you’ll find the oldest part of the city, the colonial harbour, where Greenland's colonial period has begun. Here you will not only see the past because you’ll also find different restaurants and cafés with food from Greenlandic to European inspiration. Lots of shops selling interesting souvenirs and local design. You can also find the Cultural House, National Museum as well as the local museum here. The second part is Nuussuaq, a part of Nuuk which sprung up in the 1980s. You’ll be impressed by colourful houses and suburban life in beautiful surroundings. The third and most recent part of Nuuk is Qinngorput, which appeared at the beginning of 2000. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from Nuuk to Qinngorput. The entire city has been in rapid development and it never stops, new buildings are always springing up around the entire city. Come along and get an idea of the conditions of which the modern Inuit live in, here in the capital and hear what your guide has to say, there are a lot of hidden wonders See availability for the tour by pressing "Choose a date" for the tour and book your tour today.

Duration:
1,5 hours
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All year
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Art, Science and Society | Nuuk

Join on a combined tour of two of Nuuks best and most interesting sites: the beautiful and architecturally interesting buildings of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Ilimmarfik, University of Greenland. The tour will focus on the history of science in Greenland and the displayed art and architecture of the two buildings, both decorated by internationally recognized artists Aka Høegh and Anne-Birthe Hove. The tour starts at the architectually interesting building of The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. Being a former Communications Officer at the Institute the guide, Kitte Witting, has great inside knowledge of both the science conducted and history behind the Institute and the exhibition Paasisaqarusuppunga, Science and Society. The exhibition ties the building together and inspires the visitor to explore the architectural landscape while learning about the history of science in Greenland starting with the Danish cleric and Naturalist Otto Fabricius. It displays his outstanding work as a humanist and scientist that was the basis of the world-famous Fauna Groenlandica, published 1790. It also displays the “Plankton Cloud” which creates an impressive view into the otherwise invisible microworld of the sea and the shell of the world´s biggest bivalve, that lived approximately 83 million years ago. The tour continues with a short walk to the neighbouring building Ilimmarfik that houses the University of Greenland and the National Archives, Groenlandica. Ilimmarfik was finished 10 years after the Institute, and is also decorated by Aka Høegh and Anne Birthe Hove and contains artwork of Julie Edel Hardenberg a.o. After the tour, you can buy lunch or have a coffee and cake in the canteen of Ilimmarfik, which offers a spectacular view over the fiord to the landmark of Nuuk, Sermitsiaq Mountain. The tour will take about 1.5 hours. There are plenty of possibilities to sit and rest during the tour while listening to the stories and facts of the buildings, the art and the scientific work of the Natural Institute and the University of Greenland.   See availability and book your tour by clicking 'Choose a date' above and experience a whole other side of Nuuk.

Duration:
1,5 hours
Available:
Nov. - Jun.
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Kaffemik in Ilimanaq | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Visit a local 'Ilimanarmiut' family and experience the Greenlandic hospitality. A 'Kaffemik' is a traditional get together that is held at any special occasion in Greenland. Usually people invite family, friends and in smaller places the whole village joins. The structure of a 'Kaffemik' is very loose, the guests do not have to attend at a fixed time, but come when it suits them, stay for a little while to have coffee and cake and then leave. You will always find a lot of food at a 'Kaffemik'. The tables will be full of Greenlandic specialities, lots of different cakes and something good to drink. On this trip you get to visit one of the local families that have lived in Ilimanaq for a long time. They will introduce you to the local way of life with all its cultural traditions. They will tell you stories from the old days and what it is like living in a place like this today in the ever more modern and globalized world. This is an unique opportunity to get close to the nice local people. The Greenlandic specialities might taste different from the food you are used to back home, so we cannot guarantee that you will like it, we however encourage you to taste it. At least you will probably enjoy the cakes. Furthermore this excursion is a contribution to the local community, so when you are in the area you should join. If you stay in Ilulissat please remember to add-on transportation to and from Ilimanaq. You have the option to choose a boat-shuttle when you book this trip. It is possible to book an overnight stay at Ilimanaq lodges, by pressing the following link: https://guidetogreenland.com/accommodation/hotels/ilimanaq-lodge/70 If staying at Ilimanaq lodges, book boat-shuttle return through the lodge.  Click on "Choose a date" to see the availability and come along on 'Kaffemik'.

Duration:
2 hours
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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2 hours
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Hike & Cultural Immersion | 2 Days | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join this authentic trip to Oqaatsut settlement with plenty of exciting activities to do on this This trip is for everyone who seeks a unique adventure through the arctic summer landscape. With this tour you will get to hike the grounds around Oqaatsut and investigate the arctic flora and admire the rivers and rocky plains. The journey starts with a hike from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut, where we will get to see plains of arctic floras, sky high mountains and rocky terrain. A peaceful hike through the wonderful landscape leaves every explorer breathless, surrounded by astonishing views in every direction. Meet the friendly locals and watch the daily activity of hunters going out and coming back from a fishing trip or a hunt. Take your time to study the houses and imagine living in a place surrounded by breathtaking nature and the harsh living conditions in winter time. Around the settlement you will see Greenlandic dogs situated outside houses and some with puppies. Most of them will come to you as they are curious small dogs and love a belly rub. Take your time to look at the many drying racks of fish and maybe polar bear skin. Surrounded by stunning nature you should take the advantage of exploring the arctic tundra. Come along this adventurous journey to the charming settlement of Oqaatsut and enjoy a 2-day trip of cultural activities and other activities. See the availability by pressing on ‘Choose a date’ and book your tour today.

Duration:
2 days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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Duration:
2 hours
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All year
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Boat Shuttle Express | Kapisillit | Nuuk

Come aboard, this fast travelling boat shuttle from Greenland's capital, Nuuk to Kapisillit. This boat shuttle is perfect for you who would like to experience Greenland, its nature and its culture. Kapisillit offers unique opportunities for exploring Greenlandic culture and the beauty of the Arctic nature. Kapisillit is a small settlement, living off its surrounding nature - by fishing and hunting. The settlement has approximately 60 inhabitants and is surrounded by endless miles of Arctic tundra and unimaginable beauty.  With this boat shuttle, you will be transported to Kapisillit Friday, and return to Nuuk Sunday. Book a two-day stay at the local hostel, rent a cabin for a weekend or camp in the surrounding nature. This is the perfect opportunity if you would like to create your own Greenland holiday. For cultural activities, visit a local family, join the cultural celebration – Kaffemik, attend a church ceremony or go on a self-guided settlement tour and chit chat with the locals. Visiting Kapisillit is a true insight into what Greenland is like, outside of the capital. The surrounding nature offers a fjord of opportunities, for fishing and hiking. The area is known for its large lakes and river system, with breeding arctic char and salmon. Kapisillit means salmon and the settlement is named after its rich waters of salmon.   There are tons of hiking opportunities. Only an hour or two by foot, you can visit the ice-filled fjord, Nuuk ice fjord. The fjord houses the Narsap Sermia Glacier, which produces endless icebergs, flowing into the fjord. The many icebergs create a picturesque landscape with icebergs as far as the eyes can see. The hike is quite easy and can almost be done by all ages. Please note that these tours are without a guide. Departure is:  FRIDAY Nuuk – Kapisillit 16.00 Kapisillit – Nuuk 18.30 SUNDAY Nuuk – Kapisillit 12.00 Kapisillit – Nuuk 14.30 Pack your camera and fishing equipment for this out-of-town settlement visit. Check the booking availability by pressing 'Choose a date' above.   

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Jun. - Aug.
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1 hour
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Jul. - Aug.
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Duration:
8 days
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Feb. - Apr.
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Duration:
3 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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Duration:
1 hour
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Duration:
4 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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Duration:
2 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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2 hours
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Qarajaq Glacier | Private tour | Uummannaq | North Greenland

Navigate your way through a labyrinth of icebergs to the front of the Great Qarajaq Glacier. The Glacier is one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, located about 60 km from Uummannaq. The area used to be, and is still, great hunting grounds, leading to great stories about magnificent hunters such as "Tivagdlarge" who lived here more than a 150 years ago. On the way there are good chances of seeing humpbacks, fin whales as well as minkes and seals.  After enjoying the sounds of the grandiose glacier and possibly even witnessing the immense power of a calving, you will move along to the settlement of Ikerasak.  Ikerasak is, with its 234 inhabitants, a modest village, mostly living the traditional way through hunting and fishing. Here the church also functions as a school as it has since 1936. A few of the buildings are also more than a houndred years old, and yet they probably own a flat screen showing great contrast between modern and traditional lifestyles.  After a nice stroll around the settlement, its time to head back to Uummannaq after a day full of memorable experiences. Please note that the price is for chartering the whole boat for this excursion. This will include one to six passengers. When booking you will register one person and following choose how many extra passengers are on the trip. It is important for the Captain to know how many people you will be on the trip and that you fill in the names on the passenger list.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Private Full Day Adventure | Uummannaq | North Greenland

Join this full day adventure for a unique glimpse of the nature of the Uummannaq fjord system and its historical and cultural sites. The day starts off with a trip to Qilakitsoq, the place of the most significant find of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies, the guide will tell you about the discovery of these amazingly well preserved 500 year old mummies before you move on to the "Desert of Uummannaq". This place has the vibe of landing on a different planet, it is littered with billion year old rocks and life seems non-existant on this patch of pure barrennes. The colours are sure to keep you in awe. After the desert, you continue the sailing along the fjord, where whales, seals and icebergs in all kinds of shapes and sizes, will be in your surroundings. You will be sailing towards a 1 kilometer tall sheer vertical rockface, thereafter followed by a visit to the settlement of Saattut, with a population of about 229 it is a tiny community, with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Here, most are fishermen and hunters, just as it was when the place was first settled upon, but modern life is creeping in and it is very interesting to see the slow mix of this traditional lifestyle with modern amenities. After Saattut, you will head back towards Uummannaq, having experienced many of the best and most interesting sites of the Uummannaq Fjord. Please note that the price is for chartering the whole boat for this excursion. This will include one to six passengers. When booking you will register one person and following choose how many extra passengers are on the trip. It is important for the Captain to know how many people you will be on the trip and that you fill in the names on the passenger list.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Duration:
1 hour
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Jun. - Oct.
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Duration:
3 hours
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2 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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