Nanortalik is in Southern Greenland.
Nanortalik is the southernmost town in Greenland. The area is very unique in Greenland, and the landscape is like nowhere else in the country. There are deep fjords, small woodlands and prairies, and rugged mountainside cliffs. About 2,200 people live in the town and surrounding settlements, the main industries include seal hunting, fishing, tourism service, and local administration.
To get to Nanortalik, you have to connect through Narsarsuaq usually taking a helicopter to Nanortalik. It is also possible to sail to Nanortalik during the late spring and summer months, its best to organize these trips with the local tourist offices.
The area around Nanortalik is ideal for short and long hiking trips. It is also easy to get around the city on foot. In the winter, transportation is usually by ski or snowmobile.
The Nanortalik Museum’s exhibits are spread across several different buildings and feature summer tents, kayaks and the oldest women’s boat ever found, the boat dates back to 1440 and was found in 1948 by polar explorer and artist Eigil Knuth.
Even being in the southernmost town in Greenland, it is still possible to see the Northern Lights, the best viewing places are slightly away from the city, away from artificial light.
Climbing near Nanortalik is very challenging, and requires expert experience and equipment. The area near the Tasermiut Fjord attracts international climbing experts to its 1000-meter cliff every year.
Modern touring and sea kayaks can be arranged for hire at the local tourism office. The Tasermiut fjord is a popular destination for kayakers.
Swimming in the hot springs is quite an adventure, the water is a balmy 38 degrees and the air temperature is usually around 10. The hot springs are located on the island of Uunartoq near Nanortalik, tours and transportation to the hot springs can be arranged with the local tourist offices.
Nanortalik is a popular starting place for hiking because of the rugged and varied landscape. Hikes to Klosterdalen and Quinndalen are the most popular, with views of glaciers and mountains along the way.