Confusingly, Greenland is in North America, 150 miles from the Artic Circle, but part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The currency is either the Danish krone – some places accept British £, the US $ maybe, the euro possibly – or Icelandic krona. Confused, then let us say don’t rely on plastic, that is a step too far. Credit or debit cards may not be accepted!!
Originally called Godthåb (“Good Hope”) and founded in 1728 Nuuk, is the capital and largest city, with the tallest building and one third of the population of Greenland. But is the world’s smallest capital and the most northernly. The contradictions and confusions don’t stop, it was modernised by the Danes in the 1950s when Greenland began to boom. It is still popular with Danish tourists. Hot steaming inlets, islands, waterfalls, icebergs, wildflowers, humpback whales, sheer rock faces, crystal clear skies are all listed to explain Nuuk. One of the trips on offer is a helicopter look over the area, we highlight our drone films on this area and in Lofoten and Bodo.
The area around Nuuk was occupied as far back as the ancient pre-Inuit, Paleo-Eskimo people of the Saqqaq culture as far back as 2200 BC. It’s history includes Viking explorers of the 10th centuryand Inuit and Norsemen both lived with little interaction in this area from about 1000 until the disappearance of the Norse settlementin the 15th century. The National Museum covers 4,500 years of Greenlandic history. The star attraction here is the 500-year-old freeze-dried mummies from Qilakitsoq. Nuuk looks like and feels like an outpost, somewhere special that few people ever see.