The heart of a nation. Greenland’s largest city and capital is fueled on fresh air, strong coffee and diverse personalities.
COLOUrs of NUUK
Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences.
Home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, and the Northern Lights inspired Katuaq Cultural Center, Nuuk is the center of modern Greenland. However, a stroll through the picturesque Old Harbor shows that history and traditions remain strong in this growing city.
Nuuk is full of experiences not found anywhere else in Greenland. Marvel at mummies in the Greenland National Museum. Try a tasting flight of local craft beers at Greenland’s largest microbrewery. Learn about urban arctic living and the move toward Greenlandic independence with a city and parliament tour. Evaluate new and old expressions of Inuit culture at the Nuuk Art Museum. Play collegiate at Greenland University and see students preparing as Greenland’s future leaders.
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Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, was founded in 1728 by the missionary Hans Egede.
Nuuk has approximately 16,800 residents.
There are three hotels in Nuuk – Hotel Nordbo, Hotel Seamen’s Home and Hotel Hans Egede with a conference center with seating for 300 people. There is also a number of small accommodations.
Nuuk has an international airport with year-round direct flights from Iceland, via Air Greenland and Air Iceland. Air Greenland operates domestic flights from Nuuk to every region of the country.
The Arctic Umiaq Line coastal ferry docks in Nuuk twice weekly, once headed south and once headed north.
The dining and shopping scene in Nuuk is the most diverse in the country, a veritable melting pot of original Greenlandic character with fresh global influence.
Stroll the pedestrian walkway in city center to window-shop at boutiques, souvenir shops, and Nuuk Center. Relax with a cup of strong coffee (and the obligatory piece of cake) in one of the city’s many bustling cafés. And make reservations at one of Nuuk’s fine dining restaurants where the only thing that rivals the intense flavors of Greenlandic delicacies is the chef’s artistic presentation.
You can also rent a bike in the sports-shop Pikkori Sport that is located in the centre, and bike around the city.
DISCOVER NUUK FJORD
Nuuk Fjord is sometimes overlooked in favor of its icier neighbors to the north, but this intricate water system is the second largest in the world, packed with inlets and islands open for exploration by boat or kayak.
Local boat trip operators provide access to this vast backcountry with a small settlement and huts offering the opportunity to stay and explore. Along the way, refreshing waterfalls and probable summer sightings of faithful humpback whales keep eyes and cameras entertained.
The solitude and scenery provide a perfect backdrop for hiking, angling for Arctic char, hunting or kayaking. The deep waters of the fjord teem with flavorful cod and redfish, delivering a bounty for both fishing and eating. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the Narsap Sermia glacier flows directly into the fjord filling the headwaters with the sought-after icebergs, afterall.
“Colourful Nuuk” universe
Nuuk is a vibrant city full of contrast – the traditions merge with the modern Greenland, the nature and city is intertwined and the people are local as well as international. This is why colourful Nuuk is the heart of the Greenlandic nation. You can explore Nuuk through the Colourful Nuuk brand, that offers you all the information you need for your travel. Get inspired from the Colourful Nuuk universe that starts at colourfulnuuk.com, follow the everyday life on instagram (@colourful_nuuk) and when on-sight, get your own personal guide & map with the Colourful Nuuk App (Download IOS and Android)
Plan your trip
How to get there
Commercial airlines are the only way for travelers to get to Greenland, served by airports in Denmark and Iceland unless you arrive with a cruise ship.
How to get around
Read about boats, helicopters and planes that tie the country together in a web of sea and air connections operated by both large and small scale operators.
Where to sleep
Read about accommodation possibilities in Greenland - where is it possible to stay for longer or shorter period of time.
When to go
Summer is a season of the midnight sun, while winter is for dog sledding, northern lights, ski trips, and star gazing. Read more.
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