Nuuk is the oldest town on Greenland, and serves as its capital. Although small compared to other national capitals, it’s Greenland’s most cosmopolitan town. Old and new combine in Nuuk, which has a long and interesting history. It’s surrounded by picturesque fjords and mountains, and although the cement buildings of the town centre are rather uninspiring, there are some quaint buildings around the harbour and plenty of great museums covering local art, history and culture. Nuuk has a relaxing atmosphere, and is a great base for nature lovers. You can spot up to three species of whales in the nearby fjord system, and some excellent skiing is available nearby.
Airports in Nuuk
Nuuk Airport (GOH) is one of Greenland’s six international airports. Although it serves the country’s largest town, the airport is unable to receive large airliners. The airport is built in a mountainous area and is quite small, with no room for expansion. Greenland’s famously extreme weather can also have an impact on larger aeroplanes.
Airlines that fly to Nuuk
Air Greenland and Air Iceland are the only two airlines currently flying to Nuuk, and there are no direct flights from the UK.
Getting into Nuuk
Nuup Bussii line 3 connects the airport to the city centre, and leave once an hour. Adult tickets cost 15DKR* (about £1.50). Taxis are also available at the airport, and if you’re planning a self drive holiday it’s also possible to hire a car from a range of suppliers.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Nuuk
The best time to visit Nuuk depends on what you want to do when you arrive. In July and August the days never end, and you can party the night away with the midnight sun. If you want the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights, visit from August until mid-November or from mid-February until April.
The whale watching is at its best from the end of spring until the beginning of autumn, as minke and humpback whales flock to the fjord system. The ski season takes place from February until April, and is a must if you’re into snow sports. From Sermitsiaq mountain you get excellent views across to Bear Island, the peak of Qingaq Mountain, and Nuuk itself.
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