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Nuuk - Capital of Cool

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A July 2008 trip to Nuuk by MikeInTown

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Quote: My dream of visiting Greenland became reality when our plane touched down in Nuuk. We spent a day in this capital city before flying north to Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq.

First Impressions of Greenland

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Streets of Nuuk Photo, Nuuk, Greenland
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We were groggy when we arrived in Iceland at 6:30 AM (2:30 AM EST) after our 6-hour flight from New York JFK. We had a 3-hour layover before our flight to Greenland departed, so we grabbed some breakfast and found a bench where my wife took a nap and I read an article about Greenland in the latest addition of Rolling Stone magazine of all places. What a coincidence.Iceland was pretty much the same as I remembered it when we last visited in 2003. The weather was chilly, windy, and rainy as we walked across the tarmac to board the 50-seater IcelandAir Dash-8 prop plane. It was a 3-hour flight between Keflavik, Iceland and Nuuk, Greenland. As I gazed out of the window, I sa...Read More

Nuuk City Tour

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Colorful Suburban Houses Photo, Nuuk, Greenland
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My wife and I were the only clients on this tour. The tour is offered by Nuuk Tourism, who also took care of our transfers to/from the airport during our stay in the city.Our guide was Danish but has lived in Greenland for a long time. She began our tour at Nuuk's old Colonial Harbor. It didn’t look very impressive but there is a lot of history here and several interesting attractions in the vicinity. Before diving deep into all the historical stuff, our guide drew our attention to one of Nuuk’s light-hearted attractions, a big red mailbox. Apparently, Santa Claus has expanded his operations since his days of living at the North Pole. He is now said to have a home in North Pole...Read More

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Greenland National Museum & Archives

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Greenland National Museum & Archives Photo, Nuuk, Greenland
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After our city tour, we had our guide drop us off at the Greenland National Museum. We only had an hour before the museum closed for the day. There are displays that explain Greenland's history of the Inuit who migrated from Asia through northern Canada and into Greenland 4,500 years ago. The far northwest edge of Greenland is only 15 miles from Canada. The Norse showed up in the south in 982 AD when the Viking, Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder. He named the island Greenland to encourage his fellow Vikings to settle there. His trick worked but the Norse population in Greenland mysteriously vanished 500 years later.The Danes began coming to Greenland i...Read More

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Greenland National Museum & Archives
Hans Egedevej 8
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Hotel Hans Egede

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Hotel Hans Egede Photo, Nuuk, Greenland
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Our accommodation for the Nuuk leg of our trip was the Hotel Hans Egede. We had a nice, modern room that faced a busy street. Our room was a double but instead of one bed it had two twin beds. The room had dark curtains that did an excellent job at blocking out the 24-hour sunlight. We were also happy that the room had an iron and ironing board. We needed to insert our key into a slot near the entrance of the room to turn on the electricity. Doing this prevents wasting energy while not occupying the room. On the other hand, you run the risk of locking the key in the room if you forget to remove it from the slot when you exit.There was a flat screen television mounted on the wal...Read More

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Hotel Hans Egede
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Getting Around: Nuuk is a small city. This makes it convenient for tourists since most of the attractions are within walking distance. When walking is not desirable, there are taxis and public buses. In fact, there was a bus stop across the street from our hotel, Hotel Hans Egede. Vehicle rental is also an option but we were told by a tour guide that many of the rental vehicles are old and not in the best condition. Additionally, driving is only possible within the city since no towns, cities, or settlements in Greenland are connected by roads.Getting To Nuuk from the U.S.: Although it was not well publicized during the planning stage of our trip, there are seasonal IcelandAi...Read More

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MikeInTown

MikeInTown
Leesburg, Virginia