1/2Photo: Mads Phil / Visit GreenlandPhoto
2/2Photo: Mads Phil / Visit GreenlandPhoto
Great Greenland Tannery
Visit Great Greenland, the only tannery in Greenland, and see how hides and furs are processed. You will also learn about the old hunting traditions, which are an important part of Greenlandic culture.
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
Summer (Jun - Aug)
Level 2: Easy
Approx. 1 hour
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.
Not accessible for wheelchairs.
Walking information: Learn about old hunting traditions.
Remarks/requirements:The tannery visit might happen after working hours. Wind and rain proof jacket and flat shoes recommended.