Here are our 7 ways in which Nuuk offers a city break with a difference:
1. Whale sightings
During the summer, whales often come close to shore and are quite easily sighted. There are up to 15 species of whales that visit Greenland’s waters. The most common are the fin whale, humpback whale, and minke whale. We saw a humpback whale spout and swim past us in early June – it was a thrill!
2. Northern Lights
In wintertime, visit Nuuk to watch the Northern Lights and be amazed by this natural phenomenon.
3. ACCESSIBLE BACKCOUNTRY
Adventurers who love to hike, ski and camp will find plenty of opportunity in the backcountry, countryside & wilderness. Fly into Nuuk, then head out and experience nature at its best. Walking through town to see the iconic colourful houses along the waterfront is a must. Don’t Miss! Hike above Nuuk for unbelievable vistas. Check Visit Greenland’s Ultimate Greenland Hiking Guide for routes.
4. BREATHTAKING Boat Trips
Take a full day boat tour from Nuuk into the fjord, with a visit to the settlement of Qoornoq. Depending on the time of year, you can also see local whales breaching. Our lunch was spent floating in the surreal bay surrounded by icebergs, eating sandwiches of smoked cod and reindeer. It was a symphony of ice music as we quietly listened to icebergs cracking and colliding. We chose Nuuk Water Taxi for our day trip to see the stunning scenery of the area’s inlets, go in search of whales, see the northern lights, and explore the region’s icebergs and coastal settlements. Captain Anders’ knowledge of hidden special places made this a ‘must-do’ outing for anyone visiting Nuuk.
5. Culture & History
Downtown Nuuk offers a lovely Art Museum filled with a selection of older art from European traveling artists. Greenland National Museum and Archive is Greenland’s largest cultural history museum. The museum preserves the history, art and images from all over the country. In addition, Katuaq is a cultural venue that offers musical, theatrical and visiting exhibits throughout the year. Legends and traditions are reinterpreted by local artists, musicians, and designers. Music and sports fans can enjoy a variety of concerts and events, many of which are free. Connect with the Greenlandic people through a homestay or a traditional kaffemik in a local’s home.
6. Foodie Adventure
Forage for berries and herbs, go fishing and catch your own fish, or buy organic, exotic, top quality meats from local hunters at a great price.
7. Wellness & Nature Bathing
Nuuk takes nature bathing to another level. Visitors can take in the outdoor surroundings and be at one with nature by taking an icy dip in the Nuuk harbor with locals every Sunday morning. Rumor has it there will even be a mobile sauna coming to Nuuk in the near future.