Nuuk (Greenlandic meaning "The Headland"), also known by its Danish name of Godthåb (Good Hope), is the capital and administrative centre of Greenland, with a population of around 15,000 (about 1/4 of the entire population of the country). The city is sometimes accused of being rather soulless, with many high-rise blocks.
ClimateNuuk, along with most of Greenland, has a subarctic climate. Being on the coast helps moderate temperatures somewhat, and winter temperatures are not unlike those of northern Europe or central Canada. However, in July the average temperature is only , with highs rarely above .
Autumn has the highest rainfall and snowfall, although it is fairly steady all year round.
By planeThe capital has its own airport, but due to length constraints of its runway, it only accommodates small aircraft and domestic flights. Flying to Nuuk from abroad requires changing from a large airliner to a smaller aircraft on neighbouring airports like Kangerlussuaq.
- Air Greenland offers connections to various destinations in Greenland, including Kangerlussuaq which has flights to Copenhagen, a major airport. During the summer months they fly to Keflavík Airport, Iceland, where there are flights to Canada, Europe and the United States.
- Air Iceland flies year-round to Reykjavík (domestic airport), three times a week during the summer and twice a week during the winter months.
By boatArctic Umiaq Line has a passenger terminal to Maniitsoq-Sisimiut-Aasiaat-Uummannaq and Paamiut-Qaqortoq-Narsaq-Narsarsuaq.
Royal Arctic Line and Blue Water are cargo-boat companies operating out of Nuuk.
Nuuk has a small bus company (Nuup Bussii A/S), or you can rent a car.
phone: +299 342 300Six bus routes. Ticket costs 15 kr for adults and is good for 90 min.
address: Industrivej 18 and at the airport
The old colonial town is on the east coast side of the town centre.
Here you will also find the statue of Hans Egede, Hans Egede's House and church.
Statue of Hans Egede
Hans Egede's HouseBuilt in 1728 and reputably the oldest house in the country. The former residence of Hans Egede and later used for the country's prime minister. It is now used for government receptions.
Hans Egede ChurchA wooden Evangelical Lutheran church.
phone: +299 36 37 70
- Whale watching by boat.
- Helicopter ride to the inland ice, Norse ruins and kaffemik at a nearby village.
Several hiking routes start from Nuuk:
- An easy hike from the Circuslake around the mountain Little Marlene follows a marked trail.
- A unmarked trek goes up Big Marlene and offers a view over Nuuk from above. Parts of this trail is on mountain sides with large boulders or steep climbs up loose rocks.
phone: +299 48 22 03address: Aqqusinersuaq 6, 1. salPasta, wrap, burgers, omelettes and sandwiches.
phone: +299 34 80 80address: Imaneq 30This brewpub has good beer and good food. Burgers and steaks, often serves muskox, reindeer and lamb.
SarfalikGourmet food at reasonable prices. They have both a global menu and a local menu with muskox, carabou, seal, whale, etc.
phone: +299 325759address: Aqqusinersuaq 5Good Thai food with a Greenlandic touch: mattag, halibut, whale and musk ox
phone: +299 34 80 80address: Imaneq 30A self-described Chinese-Greenlandic fusion restaurant, with a wide range of dishes.
Central Nuuk offers a variety of locations for the enjoyment of alcoholic beverages, all within quick walking distance of each other. Nearly all pubs offer the same selection of beer (Classic on tap and Tuborg and Carlsberg in bottles) at the same (expensive) price (60 kr for 40 cl of draught), but beer from Godthaab Bryghus is also available.
Greenlandic coffee is prepared with coffee, whisky, Kahlua, whipped cream and Grand Marnier. It is prepared at the table in a little show and if you ask, you also get the story.
Baristaphone: +299 321114address: Spindlers Bakke 10CThe place to get good coffee, slushies, and sandwiches
Kristinemutphone: +299 348094address: Aqqusinersuaq 7The oldest bar in Nuuk. Very lively
Daddy'saddress: Imaneq 30Irish-inspired pub.
phone: +299 324222address: Aqqusinersuaq 1-5Nuuk's largest hotel.
phone: +299 32 10 29address: Marinevej 3
phone: +299 32 66 44address: Vandsøvej 13
phone: +299 32 66 44address: Samuel Kleinschmidtsvej 11
phone: +299 32 11 56address: Imaneq 26