Nuuk Travel Guide
Be amazed by the immense nature in Nuuk, Greenland's capital.
Nuuk is the oldest established city in Greenland and was founded in 1728 by Hans Egede, who was a missionary coming from Norway. His house still exists today and is used by the Greenland Government to host special honoured guests.
Nuuk is full of experiences not found anywhere else in Greenland. In the winter you have the opportunity to see the amazing Northern Lights or in the summer the Midnight Sun cover the Sky in clear weather.
The Nuuk Fjord is packed with inlets and islands, and you can have an unforgettable excursion here by boat or kayak.
What to do and see in Nuuk?
Nuuk has gourmet restaurants, fashion and souvenir boutiques, museums, and boat tours just to mention some. It is possible to see mummies in Greenland National Museum and get a good impression of the traditional Inuit culture at the Nuuk Art Museum.
Regarding accommodation, Nuuk offers very good overnight conditions. The hotels have a very good reputation here, and you can be spoiled in many ways during your stay here.
Whale watching in Nuuk fjord
In summer Nuuk fjord is home but a dozen humpbacks year after year, and it is the return of the whales that signals summertime in the Capital Region.
The whales are in the Caribbean Sea in the winter and come to Greenland in the summer to feed in Greenland’s fish-rich waters.
In winter it is only possible to see whales in North Greenland around Disko Bay and Qaanaaq or in Northeast Greenland. Here there are only three different species, the narwhal, the beluga and the bowhead whale.
Greenland has an arctic climate with average temperatures that do not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June, July or August. Nuuk is most popular for visitors from June to August.
Contact the local tourist information which holds a wealth of local knowledge that you should research and listen to before the adventure start. Such information combined with your experience should give you an idea of the trip ahead of you and of what you need to do to prepare.
If you are on your own or have any doubts whatsoever, then there are plenty of tours operators that can help arrange a boat trip, hunting, fishing, hiking or kayaking tours on a highly professional level.