Greenland: Nuuk & Ilulissat
Greenland, an autonomous nation inside the Kingdom of Denmark, is actually a world apart and an adventurer’s vacation spot. It is a surprisingly straightforward country to visit with flights from numerous cities in Europe expanding annually. The inhabitants numbers lower than 60,000 in the largest non-continental island on earth, with over 16 villages and 17 cities.
Icebergs and glaciers are in all probability probably the most well-known features of the surroundings. Nevertheless, Greenland is a country with a rich, cultural historical past that spans again a number of centuries. Greenland gives the globetrotter a singular, exciting expertise away from the hustle and bustle of metropolis life with a give attention to abandoned settlements, icy glaciers, unbelievable vistas and some of probably the most fascinating individuals on the earth.
We visited the culturally numerous capitol of Nuuk in addition to the vacationer destination of Ilussiat. Both locations provided an thrilling peek into the lives of the Greenlandic individuals made up principally of the Inuit and Danish individuals. Sharing our favourite issues to do, locations to go to, keep and dine from our current journey.
Prime Things to Do in Greenland
There’s a multitude of things to do during your keep from glacier and helicopter excursions, to mountaineering and kayaking, just to call a couple of. The individuals are very pleased to share their tales and welcome you with open arms.
Throughout our week in Greenland, we visited Nuuk and Ilulissat. We will’t wait to return and visit more locations in Greenland and expertise all that it has to offer. Listed here are our suggestions under
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is an Arctic metropolis with a small-town feel, formed by nature and recognized for its cultural variety. Nuuk mixes purchasing, whale watching, skiing, and wonderful eating into a cosmopolitan expertise with a backcountry twist where progressive, adaptive individuals, and trendsetting artists meet workplace staff, fishermen and hunters. Legends and traditions are reinterpreted by native artists, musicians, and designers. Nuuk is titled Colourful Nuuk, because the capital holds colourful homes and trendy buildings, from begin to end of the six-kilometer lengthy city. The colourful buildings are a trademark for the town, as they stand to distinction the surroundings of rock or white winter snow, creating a spectacular picturesque canvas for the eyes
Our first cease upon arriving in the capitol of Greenland was to hitch Tupilak Journey They offer all kinds of tailor made tours for the customer trying to absolutely experience Greenland. Our trip included a full day boat tour to the ice fjords with a go to to the settlement of Qoornoq.
The boat experience to the fjords was fascinating as we drove very close to the icebergs, Hen Island and saw the Nuuk Fjords. Relying on the time of yr, you can even see local whales breaching. Our lunch was spent floating in the surreal bay surrounded by glaciers consuming sandwiches of smoked cod and reindeer. It was a symphony of ice music as we quietly listened and spoke to our new pals from Denmark. Our guide (Sebastian) was fascinating as he informed us the history of the world and the previous Norse settlement.
Recognized for their exclusive boat excursions, we have been scheduled to go to a settlement with Nuuk Water Taxi on our last day in Nuuk. Nuuk Water Taxi permits you to expertise the beautiful surroundings of the world’s inlets, or transport individuals and/or cargo shortly, safely, and conveniently. One of their water taxis is perfect for six passengers to go in search of whales, see the northern lights, or discover the region’s icebergs and coastal settlements. Captain Anders whose information of hidden special places made this a “must do” outing for anyone visiting Nuuk. We’ll enroll again for this tour on our subsequent journey!
Photograph credit: Nuuk Water Taxi
Unfortunately, our excursion was cancelled at the final minute as a consequence of an unforeseen emergency, the place Captain Anders was wanted to assist with a medical rescue a number of hours away. We of course, agreed this misery call took priority and admired how the group in Nuuk responds to these in want. If you stay in distant towns in an enormous country like Greenland, every individual depends on each other for help.
Downtown Nuuk also gives a stunning Art Museum full of a variety of older artwork from European touring artists. Greenland Nationwide Museum and Archive is Greenland’s largest cultural history museum. The museum preserves the Greenlandic historical past, art and pictures from everywhere in the nation. In addition, Katuag is a cultural venue that gives musical, theatrical and visiting reveals throughout the year. Simply examine their web site and plan accordingly. The native museums are actually a should for any visitor to raised perceive this particular island.
The place to Stay & Dine in Nuuk
Lodging are somewhat
limited in Nuuk, however that is to be anticipated in a country of lower than 60,000
individuals with guests that quantity far much less. Small Airbnb’s, cottages and a couple motels
are available within the capitol metropolis. We stayed at a superb lodge for our 3-night
Lodge Hans Egede –
The largest lodge in Nuuk and situated on the primary road lower than 6 km from the airport. Guest rooms are snug and spacious. We had all of the amenities wanted for a pleasing stay. Employees was helpful in each means and we gave a “green” thumbs as much as the water filling stations in every hallway so visitor can easily refill their eco-friendly water bottles.
Friends have many dining options to select from as nicely at Lodge Hans Egede together with: Tom Norgaard, the manager of the lodge’s restaurant kindly invited us to dine at both restaurants throughout our stay. They did not disappoint.
A Hereford Beefstouw is a place where food and artwork type a synthesis and provides lovely views of the town. Whether your order a ribeye steak or the Greenlandic Reindeer, you gained’t be disenchanted. The baked potatoes with bitter cream and chives have been a delicious addition, and the choice of desserts have been tantalizing.
Restaurant Sarfalik is an revolutionary restaurant that combines the most effective Greenlandic and international cuisine for lunch and dinner. Our 4-course meal included a delightful and tasty native musk ox appetizer that was superbly plated. The primary dish of southern Greenlandic lamb shank was cooked to perfection. Our meal was full with a wonderfully set panna cotta plates to entice any urge for food. We completed our evening with a nightcap at the resorts` Skyline Bar.
When you have additional time, make sure to visit Ilulissat, a short flight north from Nuuk.
What to Do & Where to Stay:
Ilulissat Guesthouse has some of the perfect views of Disko Bay where you’ll see icebergs, perhaps some whale sightings or the northern lights within the winter time. I met Kasper Trojlsgaard, native owner of the guesthouse who has been dwelling and working in Greenland for many years.
Kasper organized for a personal boat tour with Jonas to see the huge icebergs floating by means of Disko Bay. It was surreal as we navigated by way of the waterway between these big ice sculptures, some towering as high as 250 ft!
Kasper took me on the town stroll and launched me to Karl, an area Inuit craftsman who carves objects out of reindeer antlers, and I purchased a seal fur purse from one other artisan. We also stopped on the native fish market to see what the “catch of the day” was picked up by the local fishermen.
A spotlight was also visiting the city museum situated in an previous 18th century storehouse, the place Greenlandic artists’ works, and Emanuel A. Petersen’s assortment is exhibited. E-mail: [email protected] Luckily, I used to be capable of attend the reception of Bolatta Silis-Høegh, one of the nation’s well-known artist.
Subsequent trip, I hope to go on a couple of designated trails close by with views of the UNESCO protected lands and bay with icebergs. Ask for a map from the guesthouse with the strolling paths – there are 1 km, 2.7 km and 6.9 km trails to choose from.
Kasper’s household’s pretty guesthouse gives tours all around Greenland, so for those who need assistance to arrange your Greenland Journey outdoors Ilulissat, by way of their company “Arctic Friend” to customized make authentic experiences. They offer tailor-made excursions for groups, personal tours together with VIP and luxurious choices throughout Iceland. Take a look at their 10-day Greenland on a Finances for as low as ~$2,500 together with airfare to/from Denmark.
Don’t Miss! A scenic flight over the iceberg bay to the UNESCO Isua Glacier and Ilulissat Ice fjord with Air Zafari providing spectacular sightseeing excursions over the Russel Glacier, blue lakes and Ice Cap.
You may even spot reindeer or musk ox or each. We acquired up close to see the crevasses and blue lakes on our flight. Passengers are guaranteed a window seat on this flight to get one of the best photographs. The views have been completely breathtaking.
Air Zafari presents several excursions to choose from in Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq. Go to Air Zafari to e-book your flight. Our pilot Helmuth Rame took us on a tremendous flight and he shared insights concerning the local space. Extremely advocate Air Zafari and Helmuth!
How one can Get to Greenland & Get Round
At present, there are two airlines that operate regular providers to Greenland: Air Greenland and Air Iceland. We enjoyed the service of Air Greenland for our round journey from Reykjavik, Iceland to Nuuk. The service was a stunning 3-hour flight on a well-equipped Air Greenland Sprint eight. Wonderful comfort, refreshments and friendly service by the flight attendants and crew made it very memorable. We had inflight service Three occasions on our 3-hour journey by one of the friendliest flight attendants in our current memory.
The pilots made positive that this flight was unforgettable as a result of of the informative dialogue and service friendly angle. We extremely advocate Air Greenland and will use them in the future.
The 5 commonest Greenland airports are Kangerlussuaq, Narsarsuaq, Nuuk, Ilulissat and Kulusuk. Within the near future, Nuuk airport will probably be expanding to accommodate even larger airplanes and expanded worldwide flights.
A visit to Greenland would not be full with out first visiting the web site of Visit Greenland. This is the official tourism office of Greenland and they are nicely outfitted to guide any sort of visitor who’s contemplating a visit to this fabulous nation. We found them to be extremely helpful prior to our journey and advocate them for anyone who is considering journey to this vacation spot. When in Nuuk, be certain that to stop by and go to their workplace situated in the previous village.
Foreign money: Danish Krone
Written and Edited by: Julie Bishop & Patricia Stone
Photographs Credit score: Julie Bishop & Patricia Stone
International Adventuress want to thank the next for hosting our stay in Nuuk – Go to Greenland Tourism Office, Air Greenland, Lodge Hans Egede, Tupilak Travel, Nuuk Water Taxi, A Hereford Beefstouw, & Sarfalik restaurant. Also huge because of Ilulissat Guesthouse and Air Zafari for hosting us throughout our visit to Ilulissat.