Nanortalik is a port town in the Kujalleq municipality of southern Greenland. It is the tenth-largest and southernmost town in the country and boasts a unique landscape found nowhere else in Greenland. The word Nanortalik translates to Place of Polar Bears or Place Where the Polar Bears Go, which is appropriate as the area is often associated with polar bear activity. The town has a population of around 2000 people and is surrounded by majestic fjords, craggy mountain cliffs and verdant woodland, which creates an incredible and awe-inspiring natural landscape. The vast and sparsely populated landscape of Nanortalik has allowed wildlife to flourish, which makes hiking excursions particularly popular in the area. Nanortalik is an essential cruise destination for intrepid travellers looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure in an unforgiving but beautiful section of the Northern Hemisphere.
Sightseeing in Nanortalik
Nanortalik’s rugged backdrop is the ideal place to embark upon a thrilling outdoor adventure. An array of possible activities awaits travellers who stop off in this unique corner of the globe, including hunting, fishing, skiing and snow mobile excursions. Hiking is also very popular in the surrounding regions, with hiking trails to neighbouring areas of Klosterdalen and Quinndalen offering fabulous views across the region’s majestic glaciers and mountains. Climbers also flock to the area to take on some of the most challenging climbs in the world, especially on the 1000 metre cliff faces that dominate the skyline. Activities in the water include sailing and kayaking, but visitors can also take a relaxing swim in the area’s hot springs, located on the island of Uunartoq near Nanortalik. Other attractions in the area include:
Nanortalik’s museum is spread across several buildings, housing many fascinating artefacts and exhibits celebrating the regions culture and history. Items within the museum’s buildings include historic boats and kayaks as well as many other fascinating finds.
The Northern Lights
Despite being the most southern town in Greenland, there is still an excellent chance for visitors to observe the beautiful Northern Lights. To stand the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, travelers should move away from any artificial light and wait until it is as dark as possible before attempting to view them.
The town of Nanortalik sits at the mouth of the colossal fjord known as Tasermiutfjord. Visitors can wander down to the end of the fjord and observe the huge glacial tongues of inland ice. On the eastern side of the town travelers will see the magnificent Sermeq glacier up close, an ancient ice cap that covers the majority of Greenland.
Shopping in Nanortalik
The town centre of Nanortalik offers a selection of souvenir and gift shops, in which tourists can purchase various authentic Greenlandic jewelry and garments as well as local arts and crafts to take home as mementos or give to friends.
Eating Out in Nanortalik
Several restaurants are open around Nanortalik, catering for both adults and children. Most eating establishment will offer a set menu of international cuisine alongside a la carte breakfast and lunch options.