Nanortalik, Greenland

Nanortalik means "place of bears" in Greenlandic. Summer visitors to this extraordinary - and extraordinarily isolated - port may spot polar bears on the offshore flow ice. Those offshore waters also teem with seals and Minke, humpback and fin whales. Ashore, brightly painted wooden houses cluster to a rocky peninsula in the harbor. Dramatic boulders dot the landscape, and mountains surround the port. (Nanortalik is well known to the world's elite rock climbers.) Ruined Viking farmsteads and ancient Inuit sites dot the surrounding countryside.

The port was founded 1797 as a Danish whaling station. Today, Nanortalik is a fishing port, and many people are traditional seal hunters.

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Points of Interest

  • Nanortalik Open Air Museum
  • Tasermiut Fjord
  • Knud Rasmussen Stone
  • Nanortalik Town

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  • Nanortalik Open Air Museum

    Greenland's most unique museum. Wander through original colonial buildings and peruse items from the Inuit culture, Norse ruins, and local artifacts. Visit the outdoor camp and Eskimo huts.

  • Tasermiut Fjord

    The peaks rising to the skies from the crystal clear water of the Tasermiut Fjord are often compared to the Alps.

  • Knud Rasmussen Stone

    The landscape is strewn with dramatic boulders, the largest, located near the island church, is named after a Danish hero.

  • Nanortalik Town

    Nanortalik was founded in 1797. It currently has approximately 1350 inhabitants making it the 10th largest town in Greenland. Its friendly and genuine locals delight in sharing their lives and thriving culture with visitors.

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Nanortalik on Foot

2 hours | Nanortalik | N A 2 - 3 8 0
  • Nanortalik Town

Lace up your comfortable shoes and embark on a guided walk around the town of Nanortalik. See all the highlights accompanied by lively commentary that vividly brings the town to life. Grab your camera!

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Tasermiut Fjord by Boat

4 hours | Nanortalik | N A 2 - 3 8 5
  • Tasermiut Fjord

Cruise the spectacular Tasermiut Fjord and take in the picture-perfect views of its towering mountains, glassine waters and Arctic wildlife. You'll stop to visit an old northern settlement to experience Greenlandic culture and to admire the raw natural beauty of the land.

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Cruise Among the Icebergs

1 hours | Nanortalik | N A 2 - 5 0 0

A winter wonderland all year round, Greenland shimmers with the beauty of scattered glaciers that punctuate its frigid waters. An iceberg cruise offers up-close views of these slowly moving, huge masses of ice and incredible Arctic wildlife, including whales, seals and a variety of birds that thrive in these harsh yet beautiful conditions.

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Among the Icebergs by RIB

1 hours | Nanortalik | N A 2 - 5 0 5

A winter wonderland all year round, Greenland shimmers with the beauty of scattered glaciers that punctuate its frigid waters. An iceberg RIB cruise offers up-close views of these slowly moving, huge masses of ice and incredible Arctic wildlife, including whales, seals and a variety of birds that thrive in these harsh yet beautiful conditions.

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