In the air: take a helicopter trip
This was en excellent thing to do, and it was also my first flight in a helicopter. On our outwards journey, I was sitting in one of the back seats - however, on the inwards flight I was sitting in the passenger seat next to the pilot.
It was an excellent experience - however the one unforeseen event was that the snow was very soft. This meant that we had a difficult walk from the helicopter to the spot we were having our coffee.
Nuuk Kunstmuseum (Art Museum)
This seems to be the only private museum of art and handicrafts in Greenland.
The Kunstmuseum is home to a unique collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, characters in soapstone, ivory, and wood. The collection has been brought together by the entrepreniør, Sven Junge, over the last 45 years.
A comprehensive collection of paintings by Emanuel A. Petersen (1894-1948) numbering 150 pieces is the largest element of the complete collection.
The museum has space for temporary exhibitions to be housed and facilities for local artists to undertake workshops on an ad hoc basis.
I visited the museum in March, and a charge was levied.
Greenland's National Museum
The museum offers free admission during the winter months - it has a good permanent collection, and has a range of buildings to visit in it's complex.
There are visiting exhibitions and of course the permanent collection - including some mummified remains of the indigenous people of Greenland.
Katuaq - Greenland Cultural Centre
I found this an interesting and pleasant place to visit. This is the home of cinema, theatre and other cultural matters. There is also a very good cafe - I enjoyed my reindeer soup and a musk ox burger.
Visit the red lamp post!
What can I say about this? It is not so much a thing to do - more a thing to walk past and glance at on your way to the bank or post office.
The red post with an old lantern at it's top is a site to be seen all the guide books say! During the 19th century the Moravian Missionary Samuel Kleinschmidt made a daily journey from his home to his mission at New Herrnhut.
To light the way in the dark of winter mornings, he left the lamp at the half way point of his daily walk, then picked it up on his way home in the evening.
Swimming arena Malik
A bit away from the city center you find the swimming arena Malik. It is well worth a visit. It is not the olympic swimming arena you know with 50 meter lanes but a water play ground with lots of opportunity to entertain yourself and kids if you have any.
Entrence around 7€ for adults.
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
Nuuk Tourism – Tikilluarit A/S
There is more than one tourist office in Nuuk, this one is down by the national museum and the water front. The staff are friendly and can arrange helicopter and boat trips.
The interior has a Christmas feel - sadly it does seem a little out of context.
Church of our Saviour - Nuuk Cathedral
The Church of our Savior (Vor Frelser Kirke) is the cathedral of Greenland. It was build 1849.
Up until 1993 the cathedral of Greenland was the same as that of Copenhagen, however under legal statute Vor Frelse Kirke became cathedral of Greenland. The first bishop was Kristian Mørk (1994) but 1995 Sofie Petersen became bishop at the age of 39. She is a native of Greenland and was only the second female bishop in Denmark.
Experience the 'night'.
I was in Nuuk on the 'night' of July 9th/10th. The sun set at 11:38pm and rose at 3:25am.
In most parts of the world it's more dark than light half an hour after sunset.
However, in Nuuk in the middle of the night, 1:30am, it was still closer to daylight than dark. Streets had streetlights: ridiculous, if they were left off on summer nights it wouldn't make the streets any darker.
If you were driving you'd only need sidelights, you'd be unlikely to see your headlight beam on a clear 'night'.
The church of Greenland's first missionary
The Hans Egede Church did not look much like a church when I first saw it. It was in fact consecrated on the 250th anniversary of the founding of his mission. I was unable to get inside, as it was locked!
the national museum. It holds an ethnographic collection with little historical displays of living standards and different geographic and historical dresses. The jewel in the collection is 4 people buried in there full dresses in the year 1475 their cause of dead is unknown, their bodies have been very well preserved. The most touching is the little baby boy.
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Nuuk has recently got a swimming bath, which is an exotic experience for the locals and a very popular place.
Look at the houses
Spend a day by walking around and look at the many picturesque houses in different colours and take notice, that even in Nuuk you can have your own garden with flowers and small trees.