Nanortalik, Greenland

Nonortalik is the tenth biggest town of Greenland and is located on a small island (also called Nanortalik) roughly 100 km from the southern tip of Greenland. The name Nanortalik means "place of polar bears".

It is Greenland’s most southerly town and lies in a scenic area consisting of some of Greenland’s picturesque fjords, small woodlands and steep mountainsides. Nanortalik is best known for its natural “skyscrapers”, the steep, jagged peaks and sheer cliffs in Tasermiut Fjord, Pamialluk, and the unique Prince Christians Sound.

Nanortalik is a favourite destination for adventurers who love mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking and kayaking. However, the town also has more sedate excursions on offer, such as sailing trips to the Sermitsiaq glacier in Tasermiut Fjord, excursions to the hot springs close to Alluitsup Paa, and visits to the Norse ruins at Herjolfsnæs.

Things to See & Do

* Tasermiut Fjord
* Sermitsiaq glacier
* Norse ruins at Herjolfsnæs
* Hot springs close to Alluitsup Paa
* Adventure activities

General information

Cruise Season – Feb - Dec
Currency - Danish krone (DKK)
Language – Greenlandic
Land Area – 15,000 km²
Population –2,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 299

Port Location – There are facilities close to the town centre of Nanortalik.

Transport Links – Via the international airport in Narsarsuaq you can fly to Nanortalik by means of Air Greenland’s helicopter, which makes stops in a couple of towns en route. You can also sail from Narsarsuaq via Qaqortoq with Arctic Umiaq Line or smaller passenger vessels (contact the local tourist office). If you sail to Nanortalik in spring or late summer, there is a good chance of seeing whales in the waters around the town, where the minke whale is the most frequent visitor. The field ice can increase the normal sailing time to Nanortalik at the start of the summer.