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, however “Brædtet” where the catch of the day like seal, whale and fish is sold and the picturesque Old Harbour shows that history and traditions remain strong.
From modern tapestries and architecture to old mummies
We start by visiting the city hall. The building itself is not architecturally eminent, but it's worth a visit to go inside and see the impressive 1998 tapestry of Inuit life. We continue to Katuaq, the cultural venue for all of Greenland. Katuaq is described as full of dreams in daytime and at night it acts like a magnetic field, drawing people into the light. Waving northern lights, icebergs and the play of light on ice and snow inspired the architecture. The Greenland National Museum is our last stop. It is located in the characteristic buildings of the old colonial harbour with a fantastic view over the fjord. The exhibitions cover all of Greenland’s history over 4,500 years; from the first Arctic Stone Age Cultures, the Norse settlements, the arrival of the Thule culture – the ancestors of the present Inuit – to the gradual transition to modern Greenland. See the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq, as well as the world’s oldest and almost intact skin boat – the Pearyland Umiaq, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to the 1470s. The museum also features a large collection of Inuit means of transportation, including full-scale skin boats and dog sledges, traditional clothes and small time warps that provide glimpses into the life and history of the recent colonial period.