Information about Nuuk

The northernmost capital in the world. Expanding in all directions, mixing Greenlandic traditional- and modern culture, Nuuk the capital of Greenland is growing faster than ever and offers every opportunity for the nature- and culture loving guest.

History and background


The capital was founded in 1728 by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, and has today of more than 17,000 inhabitants. The center of Greenland lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system, on the mid-west coast of Greenland. The fjord system, is the second largest fjord system in the world, therefore offering piles of adventures all year around, originating from the capital.

Inspiration is to be found in all of Nuuk, as divergence and contrast dominates the town.

Colorful Nuuk


Nuuk is titled Colorful Nuuk, as the capital holds colourful houses and modern buildings, from start to end of the six kilometer long town. The colourful buildings are a trademark for the town, as they stand to contrast the environment of rock or white winter snow, creating a spectacular picturesque canvas for the eyes. The town’s infrastructure giving the full vision of the old and new perfectly collaborating.

Food & Culture


Nuuk is the national home of gourmet food, boutiques of all sorts, cultural venues, modern architecture and the leading conductor in Greenland of modern lifestyle, with an extension of traditional culture.

Entertainment is to be found in all of Nuuk, visit the local brewery and taste beer made of Greenlandic commodities, the national museum to explore vanished ages. Seek shelter from the Arctic winds in one of Nuuk's cozy cafés and get the heat with a cup of something good. For culture, visit the cultural venue, Katuaq and experience live traditional drumming or view modern and traditional inspired art. Explore all sites of Nuuk, from the city center to the suburbs, with the local busses that drive all days and connect all areas of the city.

Nature


The metropolitan town coincides with the nature that surrounds it. No matter where situated in the smallest capital of the world, there is easy access to the nature. The nature around Nuuk is dominated by rough and rocky landscape. Look to the north and you will see the iconic snow covered mountaintop of Sermitsiaq island from almost everywhere in town. If you look to the west you will see the mountain of Store Malene and just next to it the little sister Lille Malene, in their mother tounge Ukkusissat and Quassussuaq. Looking to the east you will see the smoother landscape of the Nordland, which is guarding Nuuk from the North Atlantic Ocean.

Hikes & Tours


Hiking around Store Malene and Lille Malene, are popular activities for the locals. Hiking to the top of Store Malene is a popular activity in summer and now ice-climbing tours are also available in wintertime. Lille Malene and its surrounding valleys make up a great recreational area for locals both in winter and summer. There different marked trails leading to the top and to some lovely lakes in the summer. In winter children and adults have fun around the two ski lifts on the mountainside.   

Explore the wild, vast and wonderful nature of Greenland, when venturing into the Nuuk fjord system. Deep into the veins of fjord you can visit abandoned settlements, go fishing, explore ancient Inuit ruins and retracting glaciers, in the presence of cold arctic winds and wildlife. The city offers a wide range of excursions, regarding guided tours by boat, helicopter or by foot.

Nuuk offers the best opportunity to experience old traditions perfectly entwined with the twenty-first century.   

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What to see & what to do in Nuuk


  • Boat Tours
  • Ice-climbing
  • Skiing
  • National Museum
  • Nuuk Art Gallery
  • Katuaq
  • Hiking
  • Culture
  • Villages & Settlements

Services near Nuuk

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Nuuk

Lille Malene

Lille Malene (Little Malene) is a mountain peak about 50 km outside of Nuuk. Lille Malene is about 440 meters (1,380 ft.) above sea level and is ...

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Nordlandet

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Nuuk Fjord

Nuuk is surrounded by a huge fjordsystem, with a lot of hidden gems to be explored. Visit the abandoned settlements and the amazing Nuuk Icefjord. ...

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Qoornoq

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Quassussuaq

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Store Malene | Ukkusissat

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Apussuit Glacer

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Arctic Circle Trail

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Kangerlussuaq

Greenlands main entrance from the world. A unique place with easy access to plenty of adventures. Experience the amazing Greenlandic Ic...

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Russel Glacier

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Narsarsuaq

South Greenland’s gates from the rest of the world. A unique place with easy access to plenty adventures. A place to experience the Greenland Ic...

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Narsaq

On a flat tableland, lies a colorful town at the foot of two mountains, Qaqqarsuaq. The town’s name is Narsaq, with a self sufficing people with...

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Qooroq Icefjord

The Qooroq glacier throws over 200.000 tons of ice into the fjord every day. It is a beautiful sight, to see the huge wall of ice tower out of the wat...

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Qaqortoq

Explore the Arctic tundra of the south coast of Greenland. A place that will mesmerize any traveler with its green, grassy mountains and blue fjords. ...

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Uunartoq Hot Springs

Uunartoq Qeqertaq literally means "Very Hot Island" in Greenlandic. This scenic island is situated on the eastern side of the tip of South...

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Ilulissat Icefjord

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Ilimanaq

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Ilulissat

Get lost in the sound of soaring icebergs retracting, explore untouched arctic tundra and experience an extraordinary gastronomic get-away. Ilulissat ...

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Zion's Church

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Disko Bay

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Tours near Nuuk

Glacier Cruise | Nuuk Icefjord

With this glacier cruise , you will be taken around Nuuk fjord, on an adventure leading to the......

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Icefjord Expedition | Nuuk

Come along on this trip deep into the Nuuk fjord and sail between the beautiful icebergs in all......

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Fjord Cruise | Nuuk

Sit under the sky, on this adventure on the poca 550! Nuuk fjord is famous, for it mythical......

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Catch'n Eat | Qooqqut Nuan| Nuuk

A gastronomy get-away, is what there is to be found in the abandoned settlement of Qooqqut. We......

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Fjord Affair | Nuuk

Explore the capital from the seaside and its astonishing surrounding fjord system. This journey......

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Icefjord Hike | Kapisillit Settlement Visit | Nuuk

Travel 2,5 hours outside Nuuk, and you will find the mesmerizing Nuuk ice fjord. Departure......

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Fishing For Acadian Redfish | Nuuk

Do you want to do like the locals? Then join on this fishing trip and try to catch your own......

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Historical City Walk | Nuuk

Let an eager and knowledgeable guide take you on a historical tour through Greenland's colorful......

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Fish'n'dish | Qooqqut Nuan | Nuuk

Hop on board on an adventure, exploring the deep seas of Nuuk fjord system by fishing, paired......

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Ghost Settlement | Kangeq | Nuuk

Come along and visit one of the old abandoned settlements in the Nuuk area. Kangeq is located......

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Pay By the Hour Private Charter Boat Tour | Nuuk

Travel the Greenlandic seas, with Nuuk Water Taxi. Nuuk Water Taxi specializes in chartering......

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Deep Sea Fishing | Nuuk

Enjoy the satisfaction of catching your own dinner, on this deep sea fishing tour. Fish in the......

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Private Glacier Cruise | Narsap Sermia Glacier | Nuuk

With this glacier cruise , you will be taken around Nuuk fjord, on an adventure leading to the......

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Quassussuaq Mountain Hike | Nuuk

Explore the fascinating and awe-inspiring Quassussuaq mountain ridge on foot.  Quassussuaq is a......

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Fishing For Cod | Nuuk

Do you want to do like the locals? Then join on this fishing trip and try to catch your own......

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Kapisillit Settlement Tour | Nuuk

Come along on this adventure, exploring the veins of Nuuk fjord and a remote settlement, far......

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Sail, Hike & Explore | Kangerluarsunnguaq Skicenter | Nuuk

Get out of the city and experience the mountains and fjords surrounding Nuuk on your own. Kang......

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Pay by the Hour Private Charter | Open Poca Yawl | Nuuk

Travel the Greenlandic seas, with Nuuk Water Taxi. Nuuk Water Taxi specializes in chartering......

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Cultural City Walk | Nuuk

Join on this guided tour to get an insight into Nuuk's culture and interesting history. You will......

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Boat Charter on P550 | Nuuk

If you want to go to a specific place or do a customized boat tour in the fjords around Nuuk,......

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Best Of Nuuk Fjord | Nuuk

This adventure by boat takes you to the stunning waterfall of Sermitsiaq, the abandoned......

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Nuuk The Worlds Smallest Capital

This journey takes you to the world’s smallest and most colourful capital – Nuuk! At the mouth......

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Private Catch'n Eat | Qooqqut Nuan| Nuuk

A gastronomy get-away, is what there is to be found in the abandoned settlement of Qooqqut. Nuuk......

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Kayaking & Arctic Char Fishing | Nuuk

Would you like to experience a local gem, adored by the locals? Come along to the wild and vast......

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Northern Lights Cruise | Nuuk

Come join this exclusive cruise in the fjords around Nuuk, and experience the joys of the......

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Snow Shoe Hike | Lille Malene | Nuuk

A unique experience adored by the locals, explore the untouched and remote mountain Lille......

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Boat Charter on P600 | Nuuk

If you want to go to a specific place or do a customized boat tour in the fjords around Nuuk,......

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Out Of Town Fishing Adventure | Oriartorfik | Nuuk

This adventure take you out of Nuuk fjord to the northside of Oriartorfik. The neighbouring seas......

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Northland Akia Route | Fjord Boat Shuttle | Nuuk

Have you always dreamed of exploring the Nuuk fjord system? Now you have the chance, boat......

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Pay By The Hour | Power Boat I Nuuk

Explore the amazing Nuuk fjord with Greenland Powerboat! Do you need to get from a to b? Would......

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South & West Greenland | 8 Days

Come along this spectacular Grand exploration of South- and West Greenland. The adventure is......

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Greenland from the sea | 6 Days | North to South

Ever dreamed about seeing icebergs, sled dogs or a sea full of life? Have you ever dreamed about......

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Paddleboarding the Northland | Nuuk

Are you looking for an action-packed adventure in Nuuk fjord? Then come along on this......

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Great Greenland Cruise | 9 Days | North to South

If you'd like to explore and see the diversity of Greenland. This is it. The world's largest......

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Midfjord Route | Fjord Boat Shuttle | Nuuk

Have you always dreamed of exploring the Nuuk fjord system? Now you have the chance, boat......

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Saturday City Walk | Nuuk

Join on this guided tour to get an insight into Nuuk's long and interesting history. You will......

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Private Deep Sea Fishing Tour | Nuuk

Enjoy the satisfaction of catching your own dinner, on this deep sea fishing tour. Fish in the......

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Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

With this tour you can in six days see some of the most wonderful places! Travel to Greenland......

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Boat chartering Nuuk Fjord | Nuuk

Would you like to customize your own adventure or do you need to get from a to b? Then come......

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South and West Greenland | 6 Days

Come along this spectacular exploration of South- and West Greenland. The adventure is paired......

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Greenland by Air | 9 Days | South to North

The Grand round tour of Greenland This unique tour includes visiting the really green South......

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Personal Guide | Half Day | Nuuk

Have your own personal guide showing you around the city for half a day. With a personal guide......

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Snow Shoe Ascent | Store Malene | Nuuk

Explore the capitals best view from the top of Store Malene! While appareled in winter hikers......

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Ukkusissat Mountain Hike | Nuuk

Would you like to see Nuuk from the best view possible? Then come along and join us on this......

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Private Fiord Adventure | Nuuk

Venture deep into the veins of Nuuk fjord system. With in its deep, hides abandoned settlements,......

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Architecture, Culture & Science | Nuuk

Join on a combined tour of two of Nuuks best and most interesting sites: the beautiful and......

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Hike among the Mountains | Nuuk

This hike takes you from the edge of Qinngorput, along the Cirkus lake, in between the mountains......

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A Hike Back In Time | Nuuk

Join on this guided tour to get an insight into Nuuk's long and interesting history. You will......

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Barbecuing in Qoornoq | Nuuk | West Greenland

Come along on this adventure and explore the abandoned settlement of Qoornoq! Would you like to......

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Snow Shoe Adventure | Nuuk

Come along and explore the untouched snow-covered mountainsides and conquer Quassussuaq by snow......

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