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

Apussuit is a skiing centre on top of a glacier, about 25 km east from Maniitsoq. Apussuit means ‘the big snow’ in West Greenlandic. Apus...

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Arctic Circle Trail

The well-known Arctic Circle Trail is a 160 km long trail that stretches between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. It is a perfect hike to escape everyday&n...

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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

Ilimanaq is a tiny settlement just 15 km south of Ilulissat. During the summer there are several departures from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, at a near dail...

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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

The Disko Bay is named after the Disko island in the middle of the bay. There are 2 villages on the Island, Qeqertarsuaq and the settlement of Kangerl...

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Tours near Nuuk

Open Boat Tour to the Narsap Sermia Glacier | Nuuk Icefjord

Want to travel the entire length of the Nuuk Icefjord to witness the incredible Narsap Sermia......

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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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Open Boat Glacier Expedition | Nuuk Icefjord

Is it your dream to sail past icebergs and stand before one of Greenland’s many impressive......

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Closed boat fjord safari | Nuuk

Do you only have a few hours to get out on the water near Nuuk? Exploring the Nuuk Fjord is one......

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Catch'n Eat | Qooqqut Nuan| Nuuk

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

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Northern Lights Tour | Nuuk | West Greenland

Is your dream to see the Northern Lights but you want to do it in relative comfort? Join us on a......

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Icefjord Hike and Kapisillit Settlement Visit | Nuuk

Want to experience the remote arctic wilderness on foot, but don’t have the time to hike......

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City Walk | Nuuk

Want to quickly get your bearings when you arrive in Nuuk and learn all about the city at 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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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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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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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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Northern Lights Photo Tour | Nuuk

Do you want to learn how to take high quality photographs of the Northern Lights? Join this tour......

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Half day Snowshoe Hike | Nuuk

Are you looking to get a bird’s eye view of Nuuk and its surrounding fjord system during the......

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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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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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Quassussuaq Mountain Hike | Nuuk

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

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Snowshoe to the top of Lille Malene | Nuuk

Want to try snowshoeing for the first time? Or do you only have time for a short snowshoe hike......

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A day in the life of a Greenlandic Fisherman | Nuuk

Become a fisherman for a day and hop on board, this tour takes you around the surrounding seas......

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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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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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Helicopter Summit Flight | Nuuk

Want to take your helicopter scenic flight to the next level? Experience the adventure of......

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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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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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Best Of Nuuk Fjord | Nuuk

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

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Full Day Snowshoe Adventure | Nuuk

Want an extended snowshoe hike that will give you a real workout? Head out to a little-visited......

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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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Art, Science and Society | Nuuk

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

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Nuuk - The Worlds Smallest Capital | 4-Day Package tour | From Iceland to Greenland

Discover the worlds smallest capital with this exciting 4-day package tour! Your 5 days will be......

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Best of Nuuk in 5 days | West Greenland

Explore the capital of Greenland (and the smallest capital in the world) Nuuk, that is......

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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 | West Greenland

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

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Chasing Northern Lights At Sea | Nuuk

Are you looking to experience the Northern Lights from the darkest possible location near Nuuk?......

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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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Great Greenland Cruise | 8 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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Northern Lights Private Boat Tour | Nuuk

Do you want an exclusive view of the Northern Lights from the luxury of your own private boat?......

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Overnight snowshoe adventure | Nuuk

Looking for an overnight snowshoeing adventure in the backcountry around Nuuk? Camp in comfort......

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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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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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Arctic Farm Visit | Nuuk | West Greenland

Take a boat trip through the majestic Nuuk Fjord and visit an Arctic farm at the bottom of the......

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Photo tour | Nuuk

Want to capture the best possible photographs of your trip to Nuuk?  Join our professional......

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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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Boat charter | Nuuk | West Greenland

Do you need a fast boat for an assignment or leisure at your own pace?  With this boat you will......

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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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Paddleboarding the Northland | Nuuk

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

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Best of Nuuk in 3 days | West Greenland

Join this amazing tour to the world's smallest capital - Nuuk. Nuuk is home to wonderful......

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Rent a bike | Nuuk | West Greenland

Enjoy unparalleled freedom while exploring Nuuk on quality bicycles. Nuuk has a lot of......

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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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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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Greenland by Air | 8 Days | South to North

The Grand round tour of Greenland This unique tour includes a visit to the green South......

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Shuttle Service | Nuuk

Go on a guided mini bus tour around the colourful city of Nuuk with your friends, or do you just......

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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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Bus service | Nuuk

Go on a guided bus tour around the colourful city of Nuuk with your friends, or do you just need......

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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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South & West Greenland | 8-Day Vacation Package | From Iceland to Greenland

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

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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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Nuuk, Ilulissat and Disko Island package | West Greenland

Book this package if you want to experience 3 incredibly different towns in Greenland. You’ll......

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Nuuk city tour by car

Join this tour through the world's smallest capital, Nuuk, and get a sense of how the city......

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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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Colorful Nuuk |5-Day Vacation Package | The Capital Nuuk

Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport directly to Greenland's colourful capital Nuuk, with......

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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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5-Day Package | Nuuk In The Winter | West Greenland

Come along on a 5-day journey to visit the capital of Greenland, Nuuk fjord, Kapisillit,......

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