Popular Destinations in Greenland
Capital of Greenland, Nuuk is the economic and cultural centre of the country. The city is located at the mouth of Nuup Kangerlua, on the southwestern coast of Greenland. Founded in 1728, the city is home to the oldest building in Greenland, Hans Egede's House, built in 1721 by the Danish missionary Hans Egede. Nuuk’s picturesque waterfront is lined with vibrant houses set against Sermitsiaq Mountain. Notable attractions in Nuuk are Nuuk Cathedral, Nuuk Art Museum, Herrnhut House, and Hans Egede Church. Nuuk is also the departure point for tours to the Godthab Fjord, one of Greenland's most beautiful regions. Visitors here can see waterfalls, icebergs, and humpback whales in the nearby fjord area.
Located at the eastern end of a deep fjord, in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq is a small town known for housing Greenland’s major international airport. Founded in 1941, the city was an American airbase during WWII. Kangerlussuaq offers plenty of opportunities to the adventure enthusiast and nature lovers. A gateway to the Greenland Ice Cap, the city offers easy access to the Ice Cap via a 25 km dirt road. Here, Russell Glacier is a vantage point for ice-calving events. Whlle here, visitors can indulge in wildlife tours exploring the glacial valleys and highlands of tundra inhabited by reindeer, arctic foxes, snow hares, and musk oxen. Snowmobile excursions and dog-sledding are popular, as are exploring ice caves, and kayaking in the lakes or fjord.
Formerly known as Jacobshaven, Ilulissat is in western Greenland. The Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Greenland's most visited area. This fascinating berg-strewn section of the coast in Disko Bay is where huge icebergs break off from the glaciers and float into the coastal waters (ice calving). This is the perfect place to witness this awe-inspiring natural spectacle.