Two of Nuuk’s famous mountains, Ukkusissat (772 m) and Quassussuaq (443 m), come together in the fourth annual Nuuk Mountain Challenge to call you to their rocky summits. Alongside approximately 150 others, some of whom are Ironwomen, Ironmen and Olympic skiers, you’ll scramble to the top of one or both mountains to get a bird’s-eye view of our Arctic metropolis.
Like the activity but not the competition?
Hike to the top of Ukkusissat or Quassussuaq at your own pace. There are city buses that stop almost directly at their bases, and from there the mountains stand but a few paces away. Look for coloured markings to show the route up, or take a guided tour for max peace of mind.
Want to bump it up a notch?
In May there are four weeks of city-wide efforts to be active and healthy, and during Extreme Week there will be the first-ever Nuuk Mountain Challenge Endurance on 21 May 2016. You will go up and down Quassussuaq as many times as possible in six hours. Didn’t we say there’s always a new twist?
2. RUN THE POLAR CIRCLE MARATHON (29 & 30 OCTOBER 2016)
Also known as the ‘coolest marathon on earth’, pun intended, this Arctic foot race checks a lot of bucket list boxes in just 42,2 km – crossing the Arctic Circle, feeling the immensity of the Greenland Ice Sheet which is one of only two in the world, and, of course, being part of the elite fraction of the world’s population who has tried such an endeavor. Let’s just say, when you’re finished, a leisurely stroll to hunt for northern lights in the autumn sky will be well-deserved!
Want to start with simply standing on the Greenland Ice Sheet?
Thanks to a gravel road that runs directly from the town of Kangerlussuaq, this vast ice cap can be experienced with far less effort than a marathon requires. Local tour companies drive with all-terrain vehicles and drop you off nearly at the ice’s edge. And if you want to play polar explorer, you can spend the night on the massive glacier with a guide at Camp Ice Cap.
3. LIFT HEAVY AT CROSSFIT INUA
If you’re a CrossFitter, you know what skipping a WOD can feel like. Luckily you don’t have to when you’re in Nuuk thanks to CrossFit Inua, Greenland’s only affiliate. The box’s mentality is to take both training and camaraderie seriously, so every class starts with walking around and greeting the people you don’t know before you start loading the bar. This year, 23 members from CrossFit Inua are competing in the worldwide CrossFit Games. Buy your drop-in card and come train with them, the coaches, and the entire CrossFit Inua network.