The Abandoned Settlement of Kangeq & The Island Of Hope | Nuuk
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.
- English speaking captain
- The tour is on a closed boat with a heated cabin, restroom, and safety equipment
- Life jackets
- Tea & coffee
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 and gloves, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Camera and spare batteries
- Drinking water and snacks
- Optional: binoculars
- Although this tour takes place on a closed boat, the best views are from the outer decks. Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes (even in Summer) so you can enjoy from outside.
- The route is dependent on wind and weather conditions. To ensure the best experience, the scheduled highlights may need to be altered.
- You can order a sandwich in the booking process, or you may bring your own snacks/food.
- This tour has a minimum requirement of 2 passengers. If we do not reach this number of people on the day of your tour, we will cancel the tour and refund the paid price.