South of Nuuk lies the town of Paamiut, which during the summer can boast an attraction that only a few other towns in Greenland can: a sandy beach with a view of the Ice Sheet.
- Greenland’s eighth largest town
- Formerly also known as Frederikshåb
- Approx. 1500 inhabitants
- Founded in 1742
- Have One settlement
- On a large peninsula at the mouth of a West Greenlandic fjord
Tourists are particularly welcome and are received with great hospitality by the local inhabitants, who are extremely fond of their town and of sharing this enthusiasm with others. Today the local population primarily lives of fishing, and the town is home to various programmes of maritime education. Earlier, the trade of animal skins and whale products was an important source of income and the town was also known for its soapstone artists.
The town lies on a peninsula with an impressive view of the mountains. You can see whales, falcons and white-tailed eagles in large numbers. If you sail to the town, you’ll meet Paamiut surrounded by dark blue fells towering up in the background. The town has several buildings worth seeing.
Greenland’s churches are generally very attractive, and one of the most beautiful is found in Paamiut. It’s inspired by the architecture of the Norwegian stave churches and the acoustics are fantastic. The museum is also well worth a visit with its exhibitions of local handicrafts and pictures from the whaling period. You’ll probably also be attracted by the lovely items made from animal skin and bone that can be bought at the museum.
FISH IN THE SUMMER
The local fishermen are happy to invite visitors on fishing trips and whale-spotting trips on dinghies or speedboats. Minke whales, fin whales, killer whales and humpback whales are the species that are most likely to frequent the local waters. Tighten your safety belt, lean back and enjoy the magnificent sight that almost causes your heart to miss a beat. Take a fishing rod with you, and should there not be any whales, there are sure to be lots of trout and salmon throughout the summer months.
Don’t miss out on a hike along the old nature trails which head out from the town into the interior. Take a tent with you – and remember your fishing rod. If you prefer a more comfortable night’s sleep, then Paamiut has a pleasant hotel.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Paamiut has nature trails that are one thousand years old. The trails head out from the town into the interior and are up to 50 km long.
- Archaeological finds suggest that the area has been populated in various periods since 1500 BC.
- Greenland’s largest population of protected white-tailed eagles is found in Paamiut.
- A popular recreational activity is reindeer hunting.
Experiences in Paamiut
The town that has a sandy beach and a view of the Ice Sheet! Explore the area in walking boots and see the dark blue fells and visit the beautiful church. A fishing trip with a local fisherman will almost certainly result in a good catch of trout and salmon.
Transportation to Paamiut
How do I get there?
Serviced by DASH8
You fly to Paamiut with one of Air Greenland's DASH8s from South Greenland's international airport at Narsarsuaq twice a week. There are also two weekly flights to Paamiut from Nuuk.
The Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq route is served 3 times a week in the summertime.
How do I get around?
You can experience Paamiut on foot and the surrounding areas on foot or by boat. Going by taxi is also an option. In winter, transport snowmobiles is also possible.