Heart of Greenland | The Capital Nuuk
Explore the best of Greenland's capital and its surrounding fjord on this 4-day partially guided summer package trip. Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport directly to Nuuk. From the window, you will be able to see how massive the mountains and land is compared to the size of the town. Here you will be spending the next three nights, with many different activities planned and of your own choice.
Even though Nuuk is a small capital far north, there are plenty of things to experience for every traveller. You can walk around town, observe the daily life and visit the different museums, to get to know the Greenlandic culture and history.
If you want to get out of town, go for a hike in the surrounding mountains or join a boat trip for the day. There are no roads going out of Nuuk, but in the summer the sea serves as a highway and you will see the locals sail in and out of town. When you have been on a boat tour into the fjord, it is no wonder why the locals enjoy this activity. The nature is amazing, fishing is a popular activity and humpback whales are not strangers to the fjord. Get out of town to experience all of this.
Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place on this exploration of Greenland's capital Nuuk by clicking on Book Now.
Welcome to colourful Nuuk
When arriving in Nuuk a transfer is arranged to take you from the airport to your accommodation at Hotel Hans Egede, in the heart of Nuuk. Hotel Hans Egede will accommodate you the next three nights.
Take a stroll through the streets of Nuuk! Get a cup of coffee in the famous Katuaq culture house, with its interesting structure. Katuaq often displays various exhibitions by local and foreign artists, there might be something interesting to look at. Nuuk is located 240 km south of the Arctic Circle with a size of 690 square km. Nuuk has a population of approximately 17,000 people.
As you walk around town you might see why it goes by the name "Colorful Nuuk", as many of the houses are painted in different colours.
Tonight's dinner will take place in one of Hotel Hans Egede's restaurants.
Past and present in the capital Nuuk
On your trip to Nuuk, we recommend visiting the National Museum located down by the colonial buildings at the old harbour, with a fantastic view over the fjord. This is only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
The museum was established in 1966 and became Greenland's National Museum and Archive because they in 1991 opened the first archive in Greenland. The National Museum has a unique ethnographical collection. Explore the collection from Ammassalik and Avanersuaq from 1880-1920 in the exhibition Thule Culture, New People.
Discover the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq in northwest Greenland, as well as the world’s oldest and almost completely intact skin boat the Pearyland Umiaq, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to 1470s. In addition, special exhibitions will represent Greenland's cultural heritage.
If you are looking for more adventurous options, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the nature and deep fjords around Nuuk on day tours.
As the day goes by and it becomes time for dinner, do not worry - Nuuk has a variety of restaurants and cafés that serve both local and international food.
Explore the city and nature
In Nuuk there is widely optional activities such as hiking at the around the nearby mountainsides and experience the free nature. Please be aware of the weather forecast, the surface of the mountains can easily become slippery.
If you want to get to know all the hidden corners in the city and its history, you can book a guided city walk.
If you are not into hiking, getting out of town either requires sailing or flying - sailing being a much-enjoyed activity by the local population. Join on a boat trip and you will see why most of the local population owns a boat.
The fjords around Nuuk offer splendid views to mountains where ever you look along with the great chance to see seals and whales playing in the ocean. You can take a boat trip to go fishing, visiting old settlements, see whales or go all the way to the ice fjord. Yes, you can even see icebergs and a glacier in the fjord! See the selection of day tours here on Guide to Greenland.
Tonight you will again have dinner at Hotel Hans Egede, as this is your last night in tow.
Back to Iceland
Today it is time to get your bags packed as you will be traveling back to Iceland. Your return flight leaves in the afternoon, so if there is some last minute souvenir shopping, that is still missing you will have time to do this before your transfer to the airport.
As you fly back to Iceland enjoy the beautiful view of the great ice cap!
- Flights: Reykjavik - Nuuk (roundtrip incl. airport taxes)
- Transfers between airport and hotel on arrival/departure
- Accommodation for 3 nights at Hotel Hans Egede (Nuuk)
- Two dinners at Hotel Hans Egede
• Personal travel insurance
• Optional day tours
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather) Day Pack
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Prescription medicine if needed
|Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. The tour originates from Iceland and you therefore might have to spend a night in Iceland before and after the trip to Greenland. This is not included in this package. The summer climate in Greenland is generally mild and dry with average temperatures of 5 – 7° Celsius. However, due to the possibility of sudden weather changes, we recommend bringing warm, waterproof outerwear, thermal layers and good hiking boots and/or rubber boots. It is also ideal to bring mosquito repellent and sunglasses. In Greenland the currency used is Danish Kroner (DKK), foreign currency is not widely accepted. It is recommended to bring Danish Kroner. In Nuuk credit cards are accepted in most shops and at the hotel. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required. Please note that the distances in Greenland are big and there are no roads connecting towns and settlements. When you book optional day tours, make sure they are in the Nuuk area and are available on the right days. NOTICE: Terms and conditions can be found in the supplier description.|
Terms of service
Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service.
We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.
Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark). Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.
All cancellations must be made via e-mail.
Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy
Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the "Terms & Conditions".
16 228 DKK