Colourful Culture - explore the arctic way of life in Greenland
Nuuk means ”the headland” in Greenlandic. The city lies at the edge of a large peninsula - hence the name - at the mouth of the vast fjord system ”Nuup Kangerlua” meaning Nuuk Fjord. The fjord is the second largest in the world and exploring it will leave you breathless.
Nuuk is also the oldest established city in Greenland. It was founded in 1728 by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede after he left his first settlement at the nearby ”Island of Hope”. Hans Egede’s house still stands to this day, at the very same spot where he built it, in the idyllic area near the old town in the colonial harbor. The house is now used by the Government of Greenland to host special events and honored guests.
Enjoy a fascinating walk in the oldest part of Nuuk - the Colonial Harbour - as a guide relates the history of Nuuk from its earliest times to the present day. You can also learn more about the wildlife of Greenland with a guided tour at the the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources that studies the wildlife and advises the Government of Greenland on its protection and conservation. A hiking trip to one of the prehistoric food stocks is also a fascination tour for anyone with interest in both food and history.
Nuuk has a vibrant cultural scene with music, dancing, theatre, art and events. So whether you are into concerts, exhibitions or drama there are lots in store for you.
As a guest you can experience Greenland's Culture House Katuaq in various ways; Katuaq is the name of a traditional Greenlandic drum and describes the shape of the building seen from above. Katuaq houses a café serving high quality food often using local ingredients, exhibitions, concerts, theater and dance productions, cinema and a conference center. You can also get swept away by the Greenlandic history in one of the city's museums; Greenland National Museum, Hans Lynge´s House or Nuuk City Museum.
Look to Nuuk Art Museum or the National Theatre of Greenland to see both traditional, historical and contemporary arts and of course - do not cheat yourself of the experience of seeing the national costume being sown at the Econo Museum Kittat.
In downtown Nuuk, there are several possibilities for shopping. You can visit the Nuuk Centre, which is the first and only shopping centre in Greenland. Another option is to walk down the shopping street that starts at the community hall and post office and continues through the centre of Nuuk.
If you are looking for a one of a kind souvenir, there are several local designers and craftsmen that offer handmade sculptures, drawings, paintings and decorations as well as interior design and modern and traditional fashion.
Besides exploring the nature surrounding Nuuk, there are many opportunities to stay active during your stay.
You can test your golf skills at the short, but challenging 9-hole golf course situated in beautiful surroundings. You can also go for a swim in our public indoor pool; an award-winning architectural masterpiece, or drop by at one of the fitness centers.
There are vast opportunities for cross-country skiing in the middle of the city and also in the backcountry of Nuuk. If you are more into alpine skiing, Sisorarfiit - a skiing centre - offers a green, red and black ski slope where you can rent skis and have a hot cup of coffee.
Are you the running type? Then do not cheat yourself of mesmerizing runs on some of Nuuk’s challenging roads and paths. You can also test yourself in one of the many races in Nuuk city and off-road in the backcountry.
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