Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city surrounded by awe-inspiring nature. The Greenlanders living here combine old traditions with modern twists and diverse influences. Nuuk is home to gourmet restaurants and fashion boutiques, but also “Brædtet”, where the catch of the day includes seal and whale, and the picturesque Old Harbour where historical traditions remain strong.
We start the tour with a visit to the city hall. The building itself is not architecturally eminent, but it's worth going inside to see the impressive 1998 tapestry of Inuit life. We then continue to Katuaq, the cultural venue for all of Greenland. Katuaq is described as full of dreams in daytime and at night, acting like a magnetic field that draws people into the light. The gosamer Northern Lights, icebergs and play of light on ice and snow inspired the architecture.
Our last stop is the Greenland National Museum, located in historic buildings along the old colonial harbour with a fantastic view of the fjord. The exhibitions cover all facets of Greenlandic history dating back 4,500 years - from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures, the Norse settlements, and arrival of the Thule culture, ancestors of the present day Inuit, to Greenland´s gradual transition into a modern society. Also see the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq, as well as the world’s oldest and almost intact skin boat, the Pearyland Umiaq, which is estimated to be more than 500 years old. The museum also features a large collection of Inuit transportation means, including full-scale skin boats and dog sledges, traditional clothes, and small time warps that provide a glimpse into the life and history of the recent colonial period.