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Introduction

Nanortalik is a town in southern Greenland. Nanortalik is one of Greenland's "larger" towns, with a population of 1,256 in 2018. It is similar in size to Narsaq, and like Narsaq, is much smaller in number of restaurants and attractions than major town Qaqortoq. The name Nanortalik is Greenlandic for "the polar bear place," but the chance of seeing any polar bears in Nanortalik these days is not very big. However, a few polar bears can be spotted during spring as they hitch rides on the drifting ice from eastern parts of Greenland.

Nanortalik is home for one of South Greenland's most comprehensive museums set up in the old colonial buildings, each one of them telling a piece of the history of Nanortalik. This "Open Air Museum" offers visitors a chance to see kayak's, the women's boats, pit huts and other interesting things form the past.

Like many towns in Greenland, Nanortalik is slowly decreasing in population. Settlements like Nanortalik are in danger of disappearing.

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Sights and Activities

Cliffs on Nanortalik Island. Watch your footing! On the east side of Nanortalik Island, there are some giant cliffs. From the sea (if you were in a boat, for example) this is a beautiful sight not far from the Nanortalik marina.
Rock Garden, Lundip Aqqutaa. Greenland is a rocky place - rocks can be found in numerous places, including here. Free.
Tasermiut Fjord, Mathiessenip Aqqutaa B507, ✉ info@tasermiutcamp.gl. Tasermiut fjord is well known for its spectacular beauty. With its sky high mountains, reflecting themselves in the still waters of the fjord, the inhabitants and travelers alike have crowned it as a wonder of the arctic.
Nanortalik Church, Lundip Aqqutaa (Across from the rock garden). Beautiful church building on the southwest end of town
Explore rocks, Numerous locations (One of multiple locations - there is a rock garden on other side of town as well). Greenland, as stated above, is a rocky place. Besides the rock garden in the southwest, there is also an abundance of rocks beyond Hotel Kap Farvel on Isua Road. The main group of rocks is about 400 feet long, and there is another group of rocks on an islet a few feet off the coast of Nanortalik.
Hike Around a Cove, Isa fjordurip Aqqutaa (Follow the road north through a small housing development and continue along a dirt road around a cove west of Nanortalik). Although you can of course go off any dirt roads or trails in Greenland (property ownership isn't much of a problem here), this is one of several nice hikes in the Nanortalik area, and this one follows a road rather than just going through rough country. The countryside begins about a mile outside of downtown Nanortalik, and then continues for a few kilometers around a cove. The dirt road ends near a small reservoir.

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Events and Festivals

  • The National Day of Greenland is held on the 21st of June each year - the lightest day of the year - as a celebration of Greenland's traditions and cultural heritage. People often dress in national costumes to mark the occasion.
  • Return of the Sun - January’s return of the sun after several weeks or months of constant darkness is a major cause for celebration in Greenland. Although the exact day varies throughout the country, each local community celebrates the occasion with plenty of coffee, sweets, music, and special family togetherness.

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Getting There

Basically there are 2 ways to get to Greenland, it is either from Iceland by Air Iceland or Denmark by Air Greenland. During summer season port of entry to South Greenland is via Narsarsuaq Airport which is between mid June to the end of September. From then on means of transportation is by sea or air with Diskoline from Narsarsuaq to Nanortalik.

There is a ferry stop and a heliport in Nanortalik. Otherwise, like most towns in Greenland, there are no roads connecting it to other towns. Getting to anywhere in Greenland without a tour guide is a challenge.

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Getting Around

The town is only a few hundred yards wide, so getting around Nanortalik should not be a problem.

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Eat

There are no restaurants in Nanortalik, although there are two cafés (see below).

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Drink

Roskipidip Cafe, Qujanarteq.
Cafe 44, Lundip Aqqutaa.

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Sleep

Hotel Kap Farvel, B304, Isua, ☏ +299 613294.
NTS Rooms, Lundip Aqqutaa (Right in front of the old wooden church, super market and harbour.), ☏ +299 613633. Six hotel apartments with 14 beds. All rooms are equipped with bathroom, shower, television, kitchenette. 700 DKK per night for a single room.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Thanks to undersea fiber optic cable links to Europe and broadband satellite, Greenland is well connected with 93% of the population having internet access. Your hotel or hosts (if staying in a guesthouse or private home) will likely have wifi or an internet connected PC, and all settlements have an internet cafe or some location with public wifi. Ask around if you need help finding it.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Greenland is 299.

Tele Greenland is the only telephone and internet provider. Mobile phones have coverage in all larger villages, including 3G internet access. The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800, and with the exception of one or two settlements the system covers all the inhabited areas of Greenland. Note that roaming charges are international (as Greenland is outside the EU), and much higher than someone from EU would pay inside EU.

Post

Post Greenland is the company responsible for postal service in Greenland. It has reliable services, but as you might imagine, it takes a while for your letter or postcard to arrive. Post offices can be found in all major communities in Greenland. Business hours are typically Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Mail from Greenland takes about four to five days to reach Europe.

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