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

Handicrafts

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Maniitsoq

On the mid-west coast, a small enclave is pioneered by the town Maniitsoq. Surrounded by snow covered mountains, white as sugar resting at their tins....

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Paamiut

Go on a journey back in time and get lost in the arctic beauty. A place that is sure to surprise and leave you breathless. A place of breathtaking lan...

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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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Sisimiut

​Experience adventure and culture in Greenland’s second largest city. Sisimiut is beautifully located with its colourful houses lying on the coa...

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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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Kangaatsiaq

Holding ancient history as a settlement, but not as  Kangaatsiaq city. A place so far from civilisation, not even a true adventurers imagination ...

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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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Aasiaat

Experience the land famous for it seas, as arctic sea creatures, play hide and seek between the waves and icebergs. Aasiaat known for its waters, marv...

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Nanortalik

A distinctive and original treasure is found in South Greenland, with a climate diverging itself, from the rest of the vegetated land, dominating the ...

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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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Qeqertarsuaq

Experience the only place in Greenland where dog sledding is possible all year round. A marvelous landscape that will leave you breathless with its sp...

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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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Uummannaq

Experience  the charismatic townsfolk of Uummanaq, explore the wild, wonderful and vast surroundings and get an insight to the daily lives of the...

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Upernavik

Mysterious, but yet enchanting, lies Upernavik in a bay of skerries. An empire for explorers, a paradise for kayakers and a heaven for wildlife-enthus...

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Ittoqqortoormiit

A breathtaking destination taking you back in time. An isolated place far from the usual daily life stress. Experience first hand the authentic and un...

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Qaanaaq

Dominated by forces of nature, surrounded by burdensome climate and a majestic landscape, lies a small village, on the top of the world. Ultima Thule ...

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Kaffemik

A Kaffemik is a traditional Greenlandic get-together that is held at every possible special occasion. Kaffemik is a true example of the warm Greenland...

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Katuaq| Cultural Venue

The culture house bringing all of Greenland and the north together, is named  drumstick and in its mother tongue Katuaq. It is a must to visit, w...

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Tours near Nuuk

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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South & West Greenland | 8 Days

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

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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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Snow Shoe Hike | Lille Malene | Nuuk

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

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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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Private Deep Sea Fishing XL | Nuuk

Enjoy the satisfaction of catching your own dinner, on this deep sea fishing Xl tour. You will......

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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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Private Fiord Adventure XL | Nuuk

On this fiord adventure XL, you will have the luxury of more time to explore the veins of Nuuk......

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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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Private Glacier Cruise XL | Nuuk

With the glacier cruise XL, you will get the luxury of visiting an abandoned settlement, only......

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Private Fiord Day Cruise | Captains Favorite | Nuuk

Adored by the captain, is this ultimate tour, taking you and your fellow explorers deep into the......

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Private Abandoned Settlement Tour| Kangeq| Nuuk

Travel to the Northlands across from Nuuk, and you will find a standing proof of history. An......

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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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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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Icefiord Hike | Kapisillit Settlement Visit | Nuuk

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

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Glacier Cruise | Nuuk

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

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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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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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Fishing For Acadian Redfish | Nuuk

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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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Best Of Nuuk Fjord | Nuuk

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

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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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Ghost Settlement | Kangeq | Nuuk

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

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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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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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Icefjord Affair | Nuuk

The adventure of a life time, take you to the Nuuk Ice fjord. Combining sailing and 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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Out Of Town Fishing Adventure | Qooqqut | Nuuk

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

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Grand Fly-Fishing Adventure | Nuuk

Come along this mesmerizing fly-fishing adventure, deep into the veins of Nuuk fjord. This is a......

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Explore Paradise Valley By Snowmobile | Nuuk

Come along on a snowmobiling trip to Nuuk’s most beautiful view and wilderness. Combining......

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Snowmobile Cruising | Nuuk

Get to experience the arctic tundra on a snowmobile, that you will get to drive by yourself. An......

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Snowmobiling On Your Own | Nuuk

Are you seeking a once in a life time experience, when visiting Nuuk? Then this is perfect for......

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Guided Snowmobile Cruising | Nuuk

When arriving at the Sisorafiit ski lift you will be introduced to your experienced snowmobile......

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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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Historical City Walk | Nuuk

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

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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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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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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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