05.07.2015 - 07.07.2015 12 °C
I arrive in Nuuk, Greenland and I check into my hotel. I am staying at the Hans Egede Hotel. This hotel is a 4 star and the largest hotel in Nuuk and is on the main street. To stay at this hotel for 2 nights it will cost me $570 CAD. There is a lunch restaurant in the hotel so I have lunch here and then I get ready to go explore Nuuk.
Hans Egede Hotel
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and also its largest city. The first place I'm going to is the Art Museum of Nuuk. The museum was built in 2005 in the old Adventist Church of Nuuk. In the museum there are many private art collections, handicrafts and paintings hanging on the walls. There are also rooms filled with figurines and art tools.
Art Museum of Nuuk
Since I had a late lunch I decide to skip dinner and go to another museum before I go back to my hotel to go to bed. The next museum I go to is called the Greenland National Museum. The museum is located in old colonial buildings at the old colonial harbour and was established in 1966. The exhibits cover all of Greenland's history during 4500 years, there are famous mummies and costumes as well as the world's oldest and almost completely intact skin boat. There is also a large collection of Inuit transportation including full-scale skin boats and dog sledges as well as art, photo collections, and traditional clothing.
Greenland National Museum
After I go the museums it's pretty late so I go to my hotel to sleep and get ready for the next day.
I wake up and go to the Café in the reception of my hotel for breakfast. After breakfast I decide to go look at some landmarks. The first one I go to is the Nuuk Cathedral. It is a Lutheran cathedral and was established in 1849. The church is a red building made of wood that is a prominent site in Nuuk, during national holidays large crowds usually gather around the church to celebrate. Inside there is a paneled interior with two brass candelabras which were a gift from the Church of Norway. There is also a bronze bust of Jonathon Peterson.
The next thing I decide to do is explore Qoornoq. Qoornoq is an abandoned fishing island. It is very beautiful here, there are snow-capped mountains and the water is beautiful. There isn't really anything specific to see here, it is just a place to relax and look around. There is a small church, but it is attended by mostly cottage guests. I decide to skip rocks and think about hoe my trip has been so far, I stay at the island until lunch time, and then I go back to the main city of Nuuk and look for somewhere to have lunch.
For lunch I go to Café Esmeralda, while here I get a salad and a smoothie, and for dessert I get ice cream. After a satisfying lunch I decide to go for a hike in the mountains. My hike is a couple of hours and during it i pass Nuuk landmarks such as Sermitsiaq and Lille Malene, which are two mountains. After the hike I return to my hotel and go to one of the two dinner restaurants that are there. After dinner I go to the Katuaq Cultural Centre. This cultural centre was built in 1997 and is used for many things such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences and a cinema. While here I watch a movie and then after it I return to my hotel to sleep before my early flight tomorrow morning to Iceland.
Katuaq Cultural Centre
Nuuk is a very different city than the other two I have been to, during the summer in Greenland there is the midnight sun, so even at midnight the sun is up, it was very cool experience it still being bright at midnight. The weather in Nuuk was also very different from Montreal and Gander, in those cities the weather was in the 20s, but here in Nuuk the weather was around 12 degrees. I'm going to bed now, and in the morning I'm off to Iceland!
I wake up at 6:00AM and I pack up all my things and get ready to go to the airport. I get breakfast from the lobby and then go to Nuuk Airport. I'm flying with Air Iceland to Reykjavik, which is the capital of Iceland and the cost of the flight is $753 CAD. Well, i have to go now, my time in Nuuk and North America is done and I'm moving on to Europe!