About Nuuk

Green verdant mountains blanketed with colourful wildflowers. Awe-inspiring fjords with sheer rock faces. Hot steaming springs and crystal clear skies. Nuuk (or Gothab) is an outdoor wonderland. Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it's actually in North America. And lying only 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle it's the world's smallest and most northerly capital city.

Nuuk has a cosmopolitan feel yet is more laid back than other world capitals. Probably due to being in the world's least densely populated country. But you'll find a wealth of historical and cultural attractions here. The National Museum covers 4,500 years of Greenlandic history with a star attraction - the 500-year-old freeze-dried mummies from Qilakitsoq.

Head out of town to witness the spectacular arctic landscape of ice sheet and discover fascinating Norse ruins. Explore Nuuk Fjord, the second largest in the world. It's packed with inlets, islands, waterfalls, icebergs and humpback whales.


Shore excursions in Nuuk

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Highlights of Nuuk

Activity low

Duration: 1½ hours

Discover the contrasts of Nuuk as you travel from the historic old town with its pretty scenery to the city with its modern architecture.

Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, where old and new meet in unique Greenlandic fashion.

It's just a short distance from the colonial harbour, which features beautiful old buildings, to the city centre. Here, you will find the newly-renovated brættet -- the covered market where the day's catch of seal, birds and fish is sold.

Other attractions in town include the award-winning Katuaq cultural centre, the University of Greenland, the cathedral (1849), and the National Museum. The latter offers Greenland's visitors’ hours of fascination, delving into Greenland's history.

Today, you'll acquaint yourself with this region with a panoramic drive by bus. You'll stop to take photos of the new part of Nuuk, called Qinngorput, of the new cemetery, and of Sermitsiaq -- a landmark of Nuuk.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Please note that this short tour is designed as a simple introduction to the city. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto the coach.

Hjortetakken flightseeing

Activity low

Duration: 0¾ hour

Take a helicopter flight to Hjortetakken summit for incredible views over Nuuk and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Hjortetakken is a 3,700-foot-tall mountain located a few miles south of Nuuk. Its name is Danish for 'Deer Antlers' and its equivalent Greenlandic name is Kingittorsuaq. is a 3,700-foot-tall mountain located a few miles south of Nuuk. Its name is Danish for 'Deer Antlers' and its equivalent Greenlandic name is Kingittorsuaq.

On this amazing flightseeing experience, you will transfer to the airport and board either an AS-350 or a Bell 212 helicopter. You're headed to a plateau approximately 300 feet below the top of the mountain. During the flight, take in the mesmerizing view over Nuuk below, and the view from the landing spot on Kingittorsuaq is just spectacular.

Expect approximately 10 minutes of flying to the landing site, approximately 20 minutes at the landing site, and 15 minutes flying back to Nuuk.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by helicopter. Passengers must be able to walk up the 5-10 steps onto the aircraft and fit comfortably into the aircraft seat. Time in the air is approximately 25 minutes We advise that you dress to suit the weather and wear layers. Sturdy, non-slip footwear is recommended. Do not bring bags and purses as there is no room for these on the helicopter. Guests will be seated for weight and balance purposes based on the weight of all participants.

Panoramic Fjord Cruise

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

Absorb the beautiful panorama as you sail around the Nuuk fjord and look out for whales and other native Greenlandic wildlife.

From Nuuk harbour, enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the 2nd largest fjord system in the world. As you sail through this stunning fjord you’ll pass breathtaking scenery of cascading waterfalls, the jagged Sermitsiaq Mountain and many surrounding little islands.

Humpback whales frolic in these waters from early June to October. These huge, intelligent marine mammals weigh up to 30 tons but they really are the acrobats of the ocean and often put on a spectacular show. Feel the anticipation in the air as your experienced captain negotiates his way to the best places to spot these magnificent creatures. The whales are used to tour boats and don't mind them getting close. The fjord is also home to many other forms of wildlife including seals, eagles and other forms of birdlife so you never know what you may see.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. There are inclined gangways and a few steps to negotiate to access the toilets. The deck of the boat can get wet with sea spray, so please take care when moving around as it may be slippery. If you are prone to seasickness please take the necessary precautions. The boats usually take a maximum of 12 passengers. The temperature can get very cold in the fjords so please wrap up warmly. Approximately 2 hours is spent on the boat. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.