Paamiut (Frederikshab), Greenland

The small town of Paamiut and its 1,600 inhabitants remain off the beaten track of Greenlandic tourism. This is remote Greenland at its best. As you walk through town, it isn’t unusual to find seal meat and seal skins drying on racks under houses. People have lived here since 1,500 BC. After the arrival of the Danes in 1742, the community prospered by trading furs and whale products, and became known for its soapstone carvings. Today, the sea remains ice-free during the winter, providing inhabitants with access to year-round fishing. The town itself consists of a multitude of brightly colored buildings. Fredens Kirke is a simple but elegant Lutheran church located in the center of town. The unadorned white crosses of the adjacent graveyard contrast with the green roof, red walls and golden trim of the church.

White-tailed eagles, known as Nattoralik in Greenlandic, are plentiful in the region, and are said to bring good luck to anyone who sees them.  Local youth football teams are often named Nattoralik.