Qaanaaq has one Pilersuisoq supermarket that stocks a little bit of everything, including limited, basic camping supplies. It is best to bring all of your outdoor gear with you.
For souvenirs, seek out locals who sell privately. Qaanaaq is particularly known for its beautiful bone jewelry and tupilaks.
Qaanaaq is the destination for people wanting to experience extremes. It is the most northern town in North Greenland where the Sun never makes it above the horizon for 3.5 months of the year (a time of Polar Darkness), and then never sets for 5 months over summer (known as the Midnight Sun). Qaanaaq – a place where traditions such as hunting with dog sleds, kayaks, and harpoons are still common and necessary for survival. A place where the sea ice extends for more than a day’s dogsled from shore during the winter and where massive icebergs dwarf the colourful houses along the shore.
Despite this, you do not need to be an extreme outdoor adventurer to enjoy a visit to Qaanaaq. You simply need an open mind, a willingness to go with the flow, and an adventurous spirit to make the most of your journey to Ultima Thule – the top of the world.
Qaanaaq is small enough that the only time you need transport is to and from the airport. Accommodation providers generally arrange to pick you up/drop you off, and the municipality runs a car back and forth. Otherwise, you just walk everywhere.
For excursions in the area around Qaanaaq, the most common way to get around is by boat during the summer, or with a dog sled or snowmobile across the frozen sea during the winter.