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Kangeq – Abandonment has its charm!

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Gabriela Zendejas Maldonado
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No matter the season you are coming to Nuuk, this boat trip is available all year around, and you cannot miss the chance of experiencing this tour, being back in time, visiting this coastal settlement formed by the first Danish colony.

We sailed on a cozy cabin boat, comfortable and heated, with Captain Peter as our guide. 

Man sailing a boat
The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
The abandoned settlement of Kangeq

Situated close to The Island of Hope, we find Kangeq, a picturesque settlement which was abandoned during the 60´s decade. Kangeq was built on an island at the mouth of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord, and founded about 300 years ago. 

Arriving at the abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Boardwalk at the abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Houses in the abandoned settlement of Kangeq

Depending on the weather, it takes 45 – 60 minutes to het to Kangeq, and we have approximately an hour to walk around the village, get into the buildings, take pictures, and enjoy the fresh air.  

A boardwalk at the abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Sun shining down upon houses in the abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Red house at The abandoned settlement of Kangeq

We tried to imagine how would have been living there, when it became an official trading station, and inhabitants were fishing, crossing the peculiar bridges, hiking to the colorful hills, picking berries, embark and disembark, visiting friends, go hunting seals, reindeers, and ptarmigans. 

Broken boardwalk in The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Abandoned house in The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Abandoned house in The abandoned settlement of Kangeq

Be careful while getting into the buildings, because the wooden floor could be broken or quite fragile. It was snowing and later the sky cleared up and we spot a beautiful rainbow!

The weather changed pretty fast and it was quite cold when we headed back to Nuuk, but on our way back, captain Peter shared coffee and we enjoyed the landscapes with the tip of the mountains covered by the freshest snow of the season. 

Red house at The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Rainbow over The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
Old tower in The abandoned settlement of Kangeq
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