Nuuk

City, high-rise apartments, cosy atmosphere, culture, rock, gourmet restaurants, cafés, fashion outlets, art, the national museum and the university – all the ingredients of a capital.

Facts
  • Greenland’s capital
  • Formerly also known as Godthåb
  • Approx. 16,800 inhabitants
  • Founded in 1728 by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede
  • Has two settlements
  • On a large peninsula at the mouth of a giant fjord complex

About Nuuk

Most of Greenland is gathered in Nuuk. A quarter of the country’s population lives in the capital, and the town has ice, whales, magnificent scenery, traditions and myths – or everything that most people would imagine makes up the heart of the country. The capital’s heart is big, and there’s capacity for renewal and innovation.

You’ll see this on a short walk from the colonial gardens with their beautiful old buildings to the town centre with a roof deck board, as in the old days was the place where you could buy freshly caught raw supplies to take home.

Today you can buy freshly caught supplies in the modern buildings in the pedestrian zone in the center. Carry on past the house of culture at Katuaq with its facade resembling the flickering northern lights. Drop into a café and enjoy a glass of something cold or a delicious cafe latte. Head out to the University of Greenland and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and enjoy modern architecture which blends in superbly with the natural surroundings.

Arrival - Nuuk

PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY ALWAYS CLOSE AT HAND

Take a sailing trip along the coast and allow peace and tranquillity to infuse your body and soul. Enjoy the view of Myggedalen with its small colourful houses lying like beads on a string. Tours on the fjord to old settlements also come warmly recommended. En route you’ll get close to the huge sea mammals: humpback whales and minke whales. A day-trip to the ice fjord deep inside the fjord is a must. You zigzag between the growlers all the way up to the glacier.

SKIING, SNOWBOARD AND GOLF 

During winter and spring we recommend a skiing trip, both cross-country skiing on well-prepared slopes and alpine skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. From the top of the fell there are fantastic views of the magnificent white world surrounded by brilliant blue fjords in the distance.

The town’s tour operators provide plenty of good advice! Tell them about your wishes and let them fulfil them for you – whether it be climbing in the fells or a round of golf on the town’s unusual golf course!

Transportation to Nuuk

How do I get there?

Flights to and from Nuuk are serviced by DASH8.

From Copenhagen, Denmark, transfer at the hub airport Kanglerlussuaq to fly to Nuuk. Travel time is about 45-50 minutes from Kangerlussuaq. In the summer, there are up to nine ten weekly departures from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, and in the winter we have four weekly departures.  We always connect between all flights from and to Copenhagen.

From Iceland, we fly three times a week in the summer and once a week in the winter, from Keflavik, the international airport of Reykjavik.  The flight is 3 hours. 

It is also possible to get to Nuuk from Narsarsuaq, the International airport in South Greenland. The international route is seasonal, and connects Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen two times a week in the summer, and with three weekly rotations during the high season. See our Narsarsuaq page for more information.

You can also travel with Arctic Umiaq Line, which runs passenger traffic between towns and settlements from Ilulissat in the north to Qaqortoq in the south. The ship docks once a week from late May to late August.

How do I get around?

Hop on a bus or take a taxi if you need to get around town or out to the capital's suburbs. On foot you can easily experience the town centre. Take an excursion to the nearby settlements by boat. In winter, you can also experience Nuuk on skis on the cross-country ski trails.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The town has 120 km of asphalt to cater for its 4,000 cars.
  • Business or pleasure? Travel to the capital – also in combination with other towns. Contact - Greenland Travel and hear what’s available.
  • In July 2012 the first shopping mall was built in Greenland. With 10 floors where 2 of them are featured shops, and the rest are offices and a basement car park, Nuuk Center is the biggest structure in Greenland.
  • Tuck in to muktuk: healthy crackling made from the outer layer of whale skin with blubber full of vitamin C and omega n-3 fatty acids.
  • Greenland’s longest ski lift is situated in Nuuk and is around 1,000 metres long.
  • Are we inside or outside? Enjoy the view of the fjord and fells through the enormous panorama windows at the Malik swimming baths. The swimming baths are open all year round.
  • Greenland’s first and biggest hydropower plant is situated in Nuuk. A total of four plants are operational, supplying five towns – Nuuk, Tasiilaq, Qaqortoq, Narsaq and Sisimiut. As a result, almost 70 percent of Greenland’s electricity comes from CO2-free hydropower.

Experiences in Nuuk

City, gourmet food, café life, house of culture and educational institutions. The capital offers a lively atmosphere, fantastic scenery and the chance to spot whales both from the land and from the water. We strongly recommend a daytrip to explore Nuuk’s enormous fjord complex.