Nuuk

Greenland

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Cruises to Nuuk

As the country’s capital and largest city (population less than 18,000), Nuuk sits at the mouth of an expansive fjord in southwest Greenland. Though the city was founded in 1728, the region’s first inhabitants arrived around 2200 BC. Learn about the area’s storied past at the Greenland National Museum, and then discover the modern boutiques, vibrant cafes and delicious local cuisine as you explore the city and its rainbow-colored wooden houses facing the sea. Or take to the water on a boat or sailing tour in Nuup Kangerlua – one of the world’s largest fjord systems – where you may encounter whales, seals, walruses and more.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Nuuk. Ship will DOCK or ANCHOR OFF SHORE at this port.
  • Time Zone
    West Greenland Summer Time Zone UTC/GMT-2
  • Language
    The official language is Greenlandic, which has four dialects (South Greenlandic, East Greenlandic, West Greenlandic and Thule). “Aluu” means hello and have a nice day. To tell someone thank you, say “qujan.”
  • Currency & Shopping
    In Nuuk, locals use the Danish Krone for shopping and other purchases. Visit the boutique shops and souvenir stores lining the pedestrian walkway in the center of the city.
    • Famous For
      The country’s largest city melds traditions and modern life – all surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Housed in a former church, the Nuuk Art Museum showcases artwork dating back to the early 20th century and offers a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture.
    • Fun Fact #2
      Located at the edge of the water by the cathedral is a city landmark, the Mother of the Sea granite sculpture. This artwork is based off the country’s most famous myth that the mother of the sea keeps watch to make sure hunters and fishermen are not being greedy and taking more than they need.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Constructed in 1848 and 1849, the Nuuk Cathedral is easily recognized with its bright red wood paneling. The landmark, Statue of Hans Egede, sits on a hill above the church, offering panoramic views.

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