Nanortalik, Greenland

Colourful houses in Nanortalik, Greenland

Introduction to Nanortalik

The most southerly town in Greenland, Nanortalik sits on a small island at the end of a delightful fjord, surrounded by glorious snow-covered mountains. There's a well preserved historic quarter where there are cafes and an unusual wooden church.

Nanortalik – Greenland’s most southerly town – is unlike any other town in country. Sat on a small island at the end of a wonderful fjord and surrounded by vast snow-topped mountains, the ‘Place of Polar Bears’ is truly unique.

Polar bears live and hunt on the sea ice close to the town and are often seen from the shores of Nanortalik, while seals and whales can also be spotted in the surrounding waters. On dark nights at the right time of year, visitors are able to watch in awe as Aurora Borealis provides nature’s own spectacular display, with a curtain of white, yellow and green flashes lighting up the sky. If you’re a lover of nature and all its wonders, this beautiful island is the place to visit.

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NANORTALIK INFORMATION

Nanortalik is Greenland’s most southerly town and lies in a scenic area consisting of some of Greenland’s picturesque fjords, small woodlands and steep mountainsides. The town’s name means ‘the place of polar bears’, which refers to the polar bears that occasionally pass by the town in the summer in conjunction with the field ice from Poolhavet via the east cost of Greenland.

Full details of the events will be given out onboard, and maps will be given out upon arrival.

Nanortalik is Greenland’s most southerly town and lies in a scenic area consisting of some of Greenland’s picturesque fjords, small woodlands and steep mountainsides. The town’s name means ‘the place of polar bears’, which refers to the polar bears that occasionally pass by the town in the summer in conjunction with the field ice from Poolhavet via the east cost of Greenland.

You are free to walk around the town as you please; it’s a small friendly town, and the scenery that surrounds it is just beautiful. There are no organised tours in this port, however Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have arranged a programme of activities for guests to enjoy. These will include a visit to the Open Air Museum, Greenland Choir recital and kayak show.

Open Air Museum
The museum consists of many buildings, an Inuit summer camp and Umiaq and kayak exhibition. It gives a broad picture of community development in Nanortalik from the Inuit time to the present day. Behind the museum, a summer hunting camp has been recreated to show what traditional life is like in the Arctic. Inuit in traditional clothing will show how they lived in days gone by.

Greenland Choir recital
Greenlanders are renowned for their singing. Guests can relax and admire the beautiful church as they listen to peaceful psalms and merry songs. Some of the singers will be dressed in Greenlandic national costumes. Performance times will be communicated to you on board.

Kayak show and Umiaq show
On the water in front of the summer hunting camp at the museum, a kayak and umiaq show takes place with good photo opportunities from the beach. This is a very special opportunity to experience how the hunters of Greenland, by centuries of passing on knowledge, have mastered the various techniques, such as the Eskimo roll, to ensure they would survive capsize during a storm.

Full details of the events will be given on board, and maps of the town will be given out upon arrival.

Please note that your ship will be at anchor in Nanortalik and tender boats will take you ashore.


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