Best things to do in Nuuk
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Most of the roads in Greenland lead to Ilulissat Ice-fjord, a UNSECO World heritage site, or Kangerlussuaq, where you can witness the stunning Northern Lights, but the capital city of Greenland, Nuuk, is well worth a visit and with the advantage of offering travelers plenty of things to do, as compared to other areas of Greenland, it is becoming a popular tourist destination. Founded in 1728, this cultural and economic center, and the largest city of Greenland has the tallest building, Nuuk Center, and the oldest building, Hans Egede’s House, of the country. Colorful small houses along with the amazing Sermitsiaq Mountains, which can be seen from almost every area of Nuuk, give you beautiful views while you are traveling through the city. Discover the history of different cultures that existed in the country by visiting Greenland National Museum, which contains many objects related to history, handicrafts, arts and archaeology. Make your tour memorable and snap photos of the impressive red-brick color building of Nuuk Cathedral and explore its beautiful interior and while you’re at it, visit the Statute of Hans Egede which is located on a hill right beside the Nuuk Cathedral. Don’t pass up on a boat ride from Nuuk to Qornok where you can relax and enjoy nature.
Learn about the cultural history of Greenland by visiting its largest cultural history museum, the Greenland National Museum. Along with many objects such as traditional clothes, costumes, the oldest skin boat in the world and items related to Inuit, the museums also contains four (three women and one less than a year old child) of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Nuuk Cathedral, build in 1849, is not just a holy place but a popular tourist attraction in Nuuk. Visit this church to see its amazing wooden building which along its surroundings is perfect for photos. The interior of this peaceful church is just as beautiful.
Perched on a hill in the Old Nuuk and overlooking the Nuuk Cathedral, is the Statue of Hans Egede, which was built to honor Nuuks’s founder, Hans Egede. Not only does it give beautiful view of Nuuk Cathedral but also of the historic Old town of Nuuk.
The building which was once an Adventist Church became the Nuuk Art Museum in 2005. With an amazing collection of drawings, paintings, ivory, wood and graphics it is a hidden gem of Nuuk. The museum is a mix of old and modern art and it hosts exhibitions from both local and international artists.
The ancient village, Qornok, is an abandoned village in Nuuk but still offers enough to grab your attention. Rent the old houses, and relax in this peaceful village while enjoying beautiful views of snow capped mountains, icebergs and glittery waters. Don’t forget to taste the delicious local food in the village's only restaurant.