Stay in the smallest and most northernmost capital in the world on this short break to Nuuk. Nestled on the banks of a huge fjord system and with a dramatic mountain range as a backdrop, Nuuk is a great place for a city break with a difference. Here, explore Arctic nature, as well as everyday life in one of the northernmost capitals in the world.
Greenland's capital has good restaurants, lots of shopping possibilities and one of our favourite Greenland museums - Greenland National Museum and Archives. This museum is located in the historic harbour and tells the history of Greenland from the Inuit to the settlers. One of the most fascinating exhibitions is the remarkable mummies from Qilakitsoq - these preserved bodies were found in a remote cave near Uummannaq in North Greenland in 1971 and date from 1475.
Fly from Keflavik, Iceland with Iceland Air to Nuuk. On arrival transfer to Hotel Hans Egede and check in for 3 nights. Tonight perhaps head up to the top floor of the Hotel Hans Egede to enjoy a dinner at one of the best restaurants in Nuuk - Sarfalik Winebar & Brasserie.
After a hearty Greenlandic breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a 3-hour walking tour of Nuuk. It includes a visit to the National Museum of Nuuk. One of the highlights are the Mummies of Qilakitsoq, found in 1972 by two brothers out hunting up north near the town of Uummannaq. Looking underneath the shelter of a rock, they found eight freeze-dried mummies. They are amazingly intact, even though they are about 600 years old. Four of these mummies are on display at the museum, where you can also see Greenland national costumes and learn about Greenland’s history.
This walking tour also takes in the rest of the old colonial harbour, including the statue of The Mother of the Sea and the Parliament. The tour ends at Greenland’s Cultural House, Katuaq, where you can enjoy a tapas lunch made with local specialities. After lunch, perhaps enjoy browsing Nuuk's unique shops such as Anori Art at the Nuuk Centre. Anori Art sells Greenlandic, handmade souvenirs, and other more traditional items such as T-shirts. (B, L)
Today enjoy an excursion by boat through Arctic waters to a remote settlement. The boat ride to Kapisillit lasts about 2.5 hours and takes in spectacular views of the eastern part of the Nuuk Fjord system. The mountains flanking the fjord are some of the world’s oldest and provide precious material for local artists. Take in the vastness of the fjord while keeping a lookout for whales, seals, and white-tailed eagles. On arrival at the small settlement of Kapisillit, spend around 45 minutes walking around the village and visit the iconic church. This is a place that 70 people call home, and local school children are educated via a Skype connection to Nuuk.
On the way back to Nuuk, stop in Qoornoq, an abandoned settlement that serves as a summer destination for locals from Nuuk. Qoornoq was abandoned in the 1970s as the fish factory shut down. Arrive back in Nuuk late afternoon. (B,L*)
* Lunch is provided - sandwich and hot drinks
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight back to Reykjavik. (B)