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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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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Quassussuaq

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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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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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Disko Bay

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Eqi Glacier

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Sermilik Fjord

Sermilik Fjord is a big fjord west of the city Tasiilaq in East Greenland. The name Sermelik means 'place with glaciers' in Greenlandic. The f...

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Tasiilaq

A beautiful scenic landscape resembling a painting with very sharp colors creating a beautiful background, regardless of the weather conditions. With ...

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Flower Valley

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Ammassalik Island

Ammassalik Island in East Greenland Ammassalik Island is an island in the South East Greenland, with an area of 772 km2 / 298 square miles. Tasiilaq...

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Tours near Nuuk

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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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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Fjord Affair | Nuuk

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 | 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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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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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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Snow Shoe Hike | Lille Malene | Nuuk

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

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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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Explore Abandoned Settlement | Kangeq | Nuuk

Travel to the Northlands across from Nuuk under the open sky on poca 550, and you will find a......

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Out Of Town Fishing Adventure | Qooqqut | Nuuk

Join this fishing adventure in the neighbouring seas the small settlement Qooqut. Combining......

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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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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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South and West Greenland | 6 Days

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Icefjord Affair | Nuuk

The adventure of a life time, take you to the Nuuk Ice fjord. Combining sailing and Nuuk fjord,......

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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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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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Private Fiord Adventure | Nuuk

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

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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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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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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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Best Of Nuuk Fjord | Nuuk

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

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Heart of Greenland |The Capital Nuuk

Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport directly to Greenland's capital Nuuk. From the window you......

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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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Colorful Nuuk | The Capital Nuuk

Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport directly to Greenland's colorful capital Nuuk. From the......

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