Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland

Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is a city of vitality and Greenlandic culture. Here old traditions and modern influences combine to create a diverse population. Nuuk is the home of the University of Greenland, with 650 students, and the Greenland National Museum with extensive historical archives and cultural displays. Also of interest are the Nuuk Art Museum and the Kayak Museum. The Art Museum holds a collection of 300 paintings, primarily featuring the work of traveling European artists, while the Kayak Museum houses a very impressive collection of sealskin kayaks and traditional hunting artifacts. The modest wooden frame of the Nuuk Cathedral, built in 1849, is a recognizable landmark on Nuuk’s skyline.

 

The site of Nuuk was occupied as far back as 2200 BC by ancient pre-Inuit peoples from Canada. It was settled again in the 10th century by Viking explorers. The current city was founded in 1728 by the Danish missionary Hans Egede, whose statue stands adjacent to the cathedral.