Great Greenland Tannery
Summer (Jun - Aug)
Visit The Great Greenland Tannery
See how the fur and hides are processed
Visit the fashion design studio in the tannery
Learn about old hunting traditions
The ancient hunting culture of the Inuits is still an important livelihood in Greenland, and the backbone of Greenland culture as a whole. Tanning - the conservation of hides - is an old trade that has been practiced for thousands of years.
At Great Greenland, many of the steps in the tanning process are automated, but the process still requires manual work and handling. The purpose of the process is to conserve the hide while preserving its natural look and feel.
Great Greenland is the only tannery in the country. Most of the furs are exported, but some are sewn into fine fashion creations directly at the tannery. This tour includes a visit to the fashion design studios and the impressive fur storage rooms, with huge piles of sealskins and polar bear furs.
This tour is much more than just visiting the tannery. Your local guide will explain the ways and means of seal hunting and the working conditions of today's hunters. Great Greenland also lets private people bring in their polar bear, muskox and reindeer skins for professional tanning.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
Walking information: The walk to the tannery takes approx. 5 minutes along the harbour.
Remarks/requirements: The tannery visit might happen after working hours. Wind and rain proof jacket and flat shoes recommended. Photos are not allowed.
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