Dog sledding musher in Sisimiut

An extended sunshine weekend in Sisimiut

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When we were planning our trip to Sisimiut, three days just didn’t seem like enough. However, we managed to make a well-wrapped program that gave a bit of everything Sisimiut has to offer. Read on and hear about my first visit to the wonderful town of Sisimiut.

Friday: Off we go

Normally, I do not fancy switching flights during my travels. From Nuuk, we had to stopover in Maniitsoq and Kangerlussuaq on our way to Sisimiut. In this case, it was absolutely okay due to the extraordinary view you get from the small red airplane flying high above the icy landscape.

The view from the flight
The view from the flight

When we arrived in Sisimiut, we used the day to get settled in our cozy apartment and explore every charming corner of the town. In the evening, we met with some local friends who told stories about Sisimiut and shared some beverages with us. And maybe one beverage too many…

Saturday: Dog sledding and spa 

The following day, we woke up to a clear blue sky and met early with our young musher where the access to the backcountry of Sisimiut began. The scene was a big lane full of howling sled dogs who were looking forward to burning off some energy.

A few instructions later, we were sliding our way towards snow-capped mountains that continued as long as the eye reached. And for those who do not know, dog sledding is key when your head seems heavier than usual.

Dog sledding in the backcountry of Sisimiut
Dog sledding in the backcountry of Sisimiut

After one hour or so, we had a break where the sled dogs could catch their breath while we could enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. Our musher was so kind as to offer us a hot drink from his thermos. I sure hoped for coffee, but it turned out to be a red and transparent drink. It was a heated blackcurrant lemonade, and guess what: it wasn’t too shabby!

Heated blackcurrant lemonade
Heated blackcurrant lemonade

When the break was over, we headed back to town where we had a private booked spa waiting for us at the Seamen’s Home. Dog sledding in Sisimiut was definitely worth every penny and an experience that will stick with me to the very end. 

Our spa was during the evening and we were even so lucky to witness a beautiful sunset from the big bowl of bubbles. I guess the only thing missing for a superior spa experience was some northern lights, but that would also be a bit too greedy to ask for.

Spa at the Seamen's Home in Sisimiut
Spa at the Seamen’s Home in Sisimiut

Sunday: Snowmobile and snowshoes 

Our Sunday menu was full of speed, exercise, and sun! We started out with a crash course in snowmobiles and afterward drove out in the backcountry. It was a pretty cool feeling driving on your own snowmobile in this magical scenery. If my bank account allowed me, I would buy one for myself!

Snowmobile tour
Snowmobile tour

After our fun and speedy snowmobile tour, we jumped directly into a pair of snowshoes (which is one of my favorite things to do in Greenland). We had a wonderful guide with us who shared her stories about growing up in Sisimiut. 

Snowshoeing in Sisimiut
Snowshoeing in Sisimiut

Our snowshoe tour was around three hours which included a short break on the top of a hill. Here, we sucked in some D-vitamin and drank some more heated blackcurrant lemonade that our guide had brought. I must say, that drink grew on me. 

A break with a view
A break with a view

Monday: Back home to Nuuk 

Our flight back to Nuuk was late in the afternoon, so we decided country skiing in the amazing landscape should be our last activity. It turned out to be a short tour since my friend was not born on skis to say it gently. Nonetheless, we had lots of fun! 

A little break during country skiing
A little break during country skiing

Do you want to experience Sisimiut? 

Sisimiut is without question a town in Greenland that is worth a visit. I enjoyed every bit of our extended weekend in Sisimiut and could easily have used more days in the wonderful town. Below, you can see the tours I went on.


Discover Dogsledding | Sisimiut

Learn to ride a Snowmobile | Sisimiut

Snowshoe Winter Hike | Sisimiut


Viewpoint in Sisimiut
Viewpoint in Sisimiut

If you plan to go to Sisimiut, it is a great idea to read The Ultimate Travel Guide to Sisimiut. Here, you can learn everything from A to Z about your upcoming trip to Sisimiut. 

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