Next stop: Nanortalik

Lars Alfredson
Sun 16 Jul 2023 14:03
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Next stop: Nanortalik

Nanortalik (pronunciation (help·info)), formerly Nennortalik, is a town in Nanortalik Island, Kujalleq municipality, southern Greenland. With 1,185 inhabitants as of 2020,[1] it is the eleventh-largest town in the country. The name Nanortalik means "Place of Polar Bears" or "Place Where the Polar Bears Go" (from Greenlandic: nanoq). It is the southernmost town in Greenland with a population of over 1,000.

With vertical walls that tower over intricate fjord systems and “sikorsuit” sea ice lurking just outside the harbour during the spring, Nanortalik has more in common with East Greenland than the rest of South Greenland. Rock climbers and mountaineers from around the world are drawn to the granite peaks of the nearby Tasermiut Fjord, while hikers and kayakers mount multi-day expeditions to explore the unparalleled beauty of the harsh rock that rises straight up from reflective waters.

But Nanortalik is more than just a magnet for extreme adventurers. It is home to the most comprehensive local museum in the country, some of Greenland’s very few forests, comfortably organised camping in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and is close to one of Greenland’s few hot springs where you can relax with an unprecedented view of tall mountains and icebergs.