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If you have a need for stunning, wide-angle views spiced up with drinkable waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and lush greenery - hiking in the backdrop of Nuuk needs to be on your must-try-list.
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Explore the Arctic Wilderness at First Hand
By the City
One of the ways to explore the vast and beautiful nature is by strapping on your best shoes and go hiking. There are several hiking routes that start just at the edge of the city - just jump on a bus to the subburb of Qinngorput and you are ready to go. There are 5 different marked hiking routes that differs from easy to extra hard - under all circumstances having trained uphill hiking beforehand is a must.
It can be a very good idea to hire a guide for your first hike - this way you will get a well-prepared trip that includes all the best photo opportunities while being able to learn about the nature in which you indulge. Either way you are in for treat that will challenge you physically and amaze you with beauty.
If you want to take on the biggest mountain of Nuuk - The Ukkusissat/Store Malene - we strongly recommend hirering a guide, since it is a very challenging peak to conquer.
In the Fjord
If you want to go even further into the Arctic wilderness the fjord of Nuup Kangerlua offers many opportunities by the settlements of Qooqqut, Qoornoq and Kapisillit. You can hire a boat charter to sail you to one of the destinations, bring your camping equipment (or rent a cabin) and explore on your own. Or you can book a package trip that includes transport, accommodation and guided tours.
Here it is easy to combine hiking with activities like fishing, gathering berries and herbs and off course get those perfect vacation photo memories.
If you are up for an extreme hiking challenge you can try out the 120 km. long route from Nuuk to the settlement of Kapisillit. It is tough trip in rough terrain and it will take out on an out of this world trip to mountain peaks and lush valleys - wildlife sightings guaranteed. There are shelters to spend the night in the entire trip.
- The weather changes rapidly, so remember to bring extra clothing, sunglasses and food.
- Prepare your trip well and train steep, uphill walking.
- Bring a waterbottle and try drinking directly from the clean streams on you path - the cool water makes an excellent refreshment.
- If you hike near Nuuk - bring a fully charged phone and code in emergency numbers.
- If you hike outside of Nuuk bring a GPS Spotter, tell people where you go, and and plan you return with your accommodation, so they can keep an eye out for you.
- If you venture to Kapisillit and go for the Icefjord-hike - remember to bring you best whisky to taste with the ice.