Attractions from Greenland

Disco Bay

Hannibals House and Garden

Hannibal's house and garden are found in Saqqaq. Hannibal Fencker was famous for his hothouses, which were the northernmost of their kind in the world. In spite of the location, Hannibal succeeded in getting the most difficul plants to grow in his garden, and he received the Royal Gardening Society's silvermedal in 1973 for outstanding gardening.

The Qeqeertarsuaq area

On Qeqeertarsuaq in Disko Bay, you'll find the Lyngmark glacier, where you can drive a dog sledge in the summer, when the sun is shining. It takes a few hours of walking to get to the top of the glacier, but it is worth the effort.


Hans Egede Statue

On your way down to the colonial harbour you pass a yellow house, built of granite boulders. Today, it is the home of the president of the home rule, but it used to be the home of the town's founder, Hans Egede.

Samuel Kleinschmidt Lamp Post

Samuel Kleinschmidt (1814-1866) belonged to the German hernhut missionaries. He lived at a distance outside of the town, and it is said, that he hung his lamp on this pole every morning, on his way to the seminar, and fetched it every evening on his way back.

Santa Clauss Summer Residence

By Uummannaq is a little wooden house, which has become quite famous. The house is located in Spragle Bay by the foot of Mount Uummannaq, and has become known as the summer residence of Santa Claus. Even though you might not actually see Santa, you can easily imagine that an old, white-bearded man lives there during the summer.

The Colonial Harbour

The colonial harbour is Nuuk's first harbour, and many of the old colonial houses remain, giving a good impression of how the former colony looked. In the basin you often see kayakers practicing the art of kayaking.


Apparsut Cliff

The Upernavik district in northwestern Greenland is known for its many bird cliffs, and more than 100,000 guillemots - which have named the cliff - breed on the largest of them, Apparsut. Appa means guillemot and su means cliff in Greenlandic.

Greenlands National Museum and Archives

The museum is situated by the colonial harbour in Nuuk, and here you can see the famous and very well preserved mummies from Qilakitsoq. The museum also contains an exhibition of kayaks, umiaks and Greenlandic garments from different times and districts.

Ice bears

IN the winter months, you can observe ice bears, literally walking past the settlement when the sea is frozen. Quite a few ice bears are killed near the settlement.

National Costumes

The Greenlandic national costume for women consists of sealskin boots with beautiful embroidering. The most beautiful, though, are the beadworks on the collar of the women's anoraks - neat patterns made up of thousands of small beads embroidered by hand.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus lives in a giant ice castle in Greenland - a fact which has finally been accepted by all Santa's helpers, living in other parts of the world - and every year, when the children send Santa their lists, they end up in the world's largest mailbox here in Nuuk.

The cultural house Katuaq

The Greenlandic cultural house, Katuaq, is in Nuuk. It opened in 1996 and was built to strengthen Greenland's role in the Nordic teamwork. There are films about Greenland, art exhibitions and theatre in the house, which also contains Greenland's largest cinema.

The ice cap

The inland ice cover more than 85 per cent of Greenland's land, and was formed about 2-3 million years ago, when the climate suddenly became colder. The snow remained and slowly transformed into ice during a number of years. On the thickest places the ice is more than 3000 metres thick.

The outdoor gallery Stone and Man

In Julianehåb is an impressive outdoor gallery. The artist Aka Høegh took initiative to this project, where 18 Nordic artists worked together to create an open-air gallery, and scattered around the town are 30 stone sculptures, many places carved directly in the rock.

The settlement Oqaatsut

Oqaatsut is one of the four settlements in the Ilulissat municipality. The cormorants used to breed in the mountains behind the settlement, hence the name - Oqaatsut means cormorant. You can experience a dinner or kaffemik at a local family, if you arrange it with the local tourist agency.

Uummanaq Mountain

By the foot of this characteristic mountain is the settlement of Uummanaq, which is the original Thule. The Americans removed the settlement's inhabitants with force during the cold war, to give room for a military base.


Jakobshavn Museum

The buildings containing the museum today were the birthplace of the polar scientist, Knud Rasmussen. A part of the museum's exhibition describes the scientist's journeys and contains things from his birthplace, and outside the museum traditional Greenlandic buildings, among other things a copy of a peat hut has been erected.


In order to get to Kællingekløften, you need to walk quite a bit from Jakobshavn. The legend says, that this is the cliff where the old people in the settlement went to throw themselves off, when times were bad and they felt that they were a burden.

Naalakatta Illua church

The church was originally built in Qullissat, but as the town closed in 1973, the church moved with the inhabitants to Ilulissat. Naalakatta Illua means "Our House".



Hvalsey are the ruins of and old Scandinavian church, a bit outside of the town. The ruin is almost intact and was used by the Scandinavians for the last time in 1408. The church is 8 times 16 metres, and its walls are 1.5 metres thick.

Julianehåb Museum

The Museum has a very fine collection of old artefacts, such as harpoons and kayaks. The museum is situated in the old town forge from 1871, and the building is interesting itself. The canon in front of the museum was placed there by Knud Rasmussen, who brought it with him from the east coast.

Our Saviors Church

The church was built in 1832 and was the town's first. Inside you'll find an old lifebuoy, the only thing found after the Hans Hedtoft shipwreck, which took place at Cape Farewell in 1959.


Kullorsuaq Mountain

Kullorsuaq means "The Great Thumb" and is situated near the settlement of Kullorsuaq. It is also known as the Devil's Thumb, because it was the last thing, which the crew on an English whaling boat saw, before the ship wrecked in the ice. Kullorsuaq is the northern most settlement in western Greenland.

Navaranas Grave

In the churchyard in Upernavik is the wife of the polar scientist Peter Freuchen, Navarana, buried. During the fifth Thule expedition she got ill and died. The grave is founded in concrete and very striking. Navarana hadn't been baptised and the priest refused to bury her, so Peter Freuchen did it himself.

Upernavik Island

The region's most elevated point, The Top of Life, which is 151 metres above sea level, is situated on this island and provides you with a fantastic view of the bay and the its islands. The island is also the home of the old hunting settlement, Qataarmiut.

Upernavik Museum

The museum is the northernmost open-air museum in the world, and consists of the entire old part of the town, where you can see buildings from the colonial times. Among other things, you can see the old parish community centre from 1863 and the old church, built in 1839. The buildings contain a large collection of historical objects.

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