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GENERAL

Narsarsuaq is a small settlement that lacks public transportation, except for the bus that runs from the airport to the harbour. There is no ATM in Narsarsuaq, but it's possible to pay with credit card in the store/hotel/restaurant and at the tourist office.  

SHOPS

The Pilersuisoq supermarket sells dried and frozen food, canned goods, and sometimes even a very limited selection of fresh produce. The supermarket also has a small range of basic household and home goods. Blue Ice Café (image above) is the official tourist office and is located a short walk from the airport and Hotel Narsarsuaq. Blue Ice Café has a small selection of souvenirs and crafts, and they also rent out fishing rods, camping equipment, glacier gear, kayaks, and bicycles. The opening hours of the shops are somewhat more limited here than in larger settlements.

ACTIVITIES

There are several different activities to indulge in if you spend a few extra days in Narsarsuaq. In addition to, for example, kayaking or mountain biking, there are also several different day trips along trails that start from Narsarsuaq. The hiking trails offer varied lengths and difficulty levels, where you get the chance to experience views of both fjords and glaciers as well as hike through valleys with historical remnants. The local tour operator in Narsarsuaq, Blue Ice Explorer, also offers longer guided hikes and other activities around southern Greenland. Bookings are made directly with Blue Ice Explorer. Blue Ice Explorer - Package tours for individuals - Greenland

ARBORETUM GROENLANDICUM

In Narsarsuaq, you will find Greenland's arboretum, a unique Arctic botanical garden covering about 150 hectares where the goal is to create a collection of native trees and bushes from both the alpine and the Arctic tree lines of the Northern Hemisphere. The arboretum is very special as it is one of the few places in Greenland where you can walk through forests with trees taller than you and where many of the individual trees are tagged or otherwise marked.

NARSARSUAQ MUSEUM

The Narsarsuaq Museum was founded in 1991 and is a privately owned museum that showcases and tells the story of Bluie West One, which during World War II was the most important American airbase in Greenland. The exhibition includes a large collection of photos and items from the base, which was in operation between 1941 and 1958. The museum also highlights the historical presence of the Vikings in Narsarsuaq, focusing on the Nordic settlers who, under the leadership of Erik the Red, set foot in Greenland more than 1,000 years ago.

ACCOMODATION

Hotel Narsarsuaq – A modern hotel with 80 rooms, offering fjord views on one side and forest views on the other. The hotel has a cafeteria and a restaurant specializing in Greenlandic ingredients. Hotel | Narsarsuaq (hotelnarsarsuaq.gl)

Narsarsuaq hostel – a small hostel nestled at the foot of a mountain with a view over the fjord. The hostel has a large communal kitchen and living room. There are nine different dormitories, a terrace, and a barbecue area. Luggage transportation is included upon arrival and departure. Narsarsuaq Hostel - Blue Ice Explorer

Polar-tut Narsarsuaq – a locally owned travel company that has both a hostel and private apartments for rent. Polar-tut offers its guests transfer for both arrival and departure, whether it's to the airport or the harbour. Polar-tut Narsarsuaq - VisitSouthGreenland.com

VISIT GREENLAND

If you are interested in knowing more about Narsarsuaq, we recommend you visit the website of Visit Greenland. Narsarsuaq: South Greenland's Hiking Gateway [Visit Greenland!]