The Arctic metropolis
Nuuk was founded by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede. When he set foot on land on the 29th of August in 1728, he could not have imagined that that remote place would develop into an arctic metropolis – an arctic center of growth with roads, cars, factories and skyscrapers each with foundations in its past, a life in the present and a direct course heading into the future.
Nuuk offers many exciting sites. The past is represented in the beautiful colonial harbor with its old, colorful wooden houses, the National Museum with its several hundred years old mummies, and the kayak club which trains in traditional arts.
Here it is light 24 hours a day during the summer, there is snow and northern lights in the winter, golden tones in the Fall, and greens that peek out in the Spring.
As you move a little further into the city you will meet the modern Greenland. In only a few years Nuuk has developed a kaleidoscope of art and culture, restaurants and rich possibilities for leisure time activities. In 1997, Greenland’s Culture Center, Katuaq, opened with year round programs offering concerts, film, art exhibitions and fashion shows.
In the citys cafes the young and old meet and enjoy one another over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake to discuss the weather, always a topic of great debate in Nuuk. Should one be more hungry, the restaurants of the city are standing in line prepared to serve traditional Greenlandic dishes, Thai curry or even Mongolian barbecue.
Nuuk also has Greenland’s only grass golf course and in 2003, the city opened the prize winning swimming hall Malik. The possibilities in Nuuk are numerous and the quality high. And, the fantastic nature surrounding the city offers unending opportunities whether it might be skiing, sailing, caribou/reindeer hunting, paragliding or just the exotic experience of living side by side with seals and whales.
The famous Greenlandic hospitality also lives well in Nuuk and the city therefore welcomes everyone regardless if they come as tourists, immigrants or to establish their businesses. Therefore: Welcome to Nuuk! Nuummut tikilluaritsi!
We reccomend a city bus tour with Greenland Escape, a city walk with Tupilak travel, or a tour of the icefiord with our Delta 29 tour boat
We recommend the Greenlandic National museum, located in the old colonial habour district. Nuuk also has the national art museum, and a small local city museum
We recommend Restaurant Killut for food with a local twist and Sarfalik or Nordlys for fine dining. Nuuk also have several cafe's, and plenty of different take away options
Godthåb Bryghus is our local brewery and we recommend the friday brew tour finishing with a nice meal
Katuaq is the cultural center of Nuuk, and holds the theater, cinema, a cafe and an event house that hosts concerts, art exhibitions and performances
During the winter we can go alpine skiing at the small lift system or cross country skiing, and if you are adventurous, we can go back country skiing or snowshoeing in the backcountry