Paamiut is embodied by snowy winter slopes, majestic wildlife, and a tourist density that will make you feel like the guest of honor around town.
VITALITY LIKE THE EAGLE
It is not every town in Greenland that can boast its own guardian from the animal kingdom. But Paamiut can. The white-tailed eagle, called Nattoralik in Greenlandic, is plentiful in Paamiut, and the townspeople feel a strong connection with it. Youth often name their football or handball teams Nattoralik, and so the eagle is like the Paamiut mascot. Come to Paamiut to spot eagles and wildlife; good luck is said to come to anyone who sets eyes on this king of the sky.
Just like the eagle, Paamiut stands independently as a distinct town. It is known for its mysterious yet comforting foggy weather and a pleasant mix of old and new culture at the cusp of great nature. Tour the old neighborhood to observe picturesque buildings and see where women turned thousands of tiny beads and pieces of sealskin into extraordinary national costumes, still worn today. To hear about daily life from the Paamiut perspective, nothing beats a casual conversation with locals around town. Just a bit of openness and a friendly smile goes a long way, and you might even score yourself an invitation to kaffemik!
Aside from the great eagle population, the nature in Paamiut also soars. In winter, an uncanny amount of snow makes the Paamiut backcountry a snow sport lover’s dream! Whether randonnée skiing or cross-country skiing is your passion, there is enough untouched mountainside for everyone to have his own piece of Greenland.
In summertime, the snow recedes revealing hiking trails that are trodden ever so slightly. Aim for the mountain peaks to feel like an explorer standing on the top of the world or traverse many kilometers of trails inland, stopping along the way to pick the angelica that grows wildly on the hillside.
As with everywhere in Greenland, sailing is a summertime favorite in Paamiut. Sail around the fjord to old villages where cabins still stand, or head into nearby Sermilik Fjord to see glaciers that flow directly from the Greenland Ice Sheet.