The ancient hunting culture of the Inuits is still an important part of life in Greenland, and the backbone of Greenlandic 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 customers bring in their polar bear, muskox and reindeer skins for professional tanning.