If the weather can’t cheer you up, a kaffemik for sure might! With coffee, cake and Greenlandic specialties: that’s how everything from birthdays, to anniversaries to the first catch is celebrated. The tradition of inviting family and friends over to coffee and cake is something we consider to be very Greenlandic. There are “unwritten rules” you might find useful: firstly, always take off your shoes when entering a house at any time. Secondly, always at least have one cup of coffee or tea and a bun with butter. At least. Thirdly, if there’s lack of space you make room: don’t sit around for hours when people are politely waiting for a seat. Keep these three points in mind, and become a good kaffemik guest!
– You can read more on kaffemiks here.
– There are providers in Greenland offering a good kaffemik, like North Greenland Adventure and SikuAput.
4. NO COMPLICATED ROAD NETWORK TO SUPPLY THE STORES EXPECT
There’s no asphalt. Some settlements will only have one truck in town, while others also have ATV’s. Everything in the store is either shipped or flown in. The shop will have a selection of different groceries, and for most places it’s the ocean, land and air that will be the biggest provider of food.
This is nature’s own equivalent to what you might know as the meat and fish section at the supermarkets. The lack of cars is something you really notice: the air is cleaner and clearer and you won’t be disturbed by highway noise.