THE VENICE OF GREENLAND
In Greenland we love to compare our small towns with world famous metropolises, and since Maniitsoq is situated in an archipelago, intersected by small natural canals, the town has obviously been dubbed the “Venice of Greenland” by the locals. Anything less clearly would not be enough.
But where Venice falls just a bit short is where Maniitsoq shines. Active adventures open the gates to a backcountry with heliskiing, angling for Arctic charr, pods of visiting humpback whales, and the contrast between the rugged peaks of the Eternity Fjord and the quiet everyday life in the village of Kangaamiut, only an hour by boat from Maniitsoq.
Since Maniitsoq is situated in an archipelago, intersected by small natural canals, the town has obviously been dubbed the “Venice of Greenland” by the locals.
- Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and has 2.800 inhabitants
- The town name means “The uneven place” and refers to the many rocky knolls and small mountains shaping the structural layout of the town
- The town has one hotel, conveniently called Hotel Maniitsoq, with a great panoramic sea view from its location high above the harbour.
You might be lead to believe that any kind of fish will do once you are wearing waders and standing in an unspoiled river in a Greenlandic mountain valley. But we understand how anglers are especially picky and that some fish simply are better.
Lucikly nature provides in abundance around here, and two rivers just south of Maniitsoq are full of Arctic charr - and what’s more, both rivers offer hut accommodation and guides with deep local knowledge. We would expect nothing less.
Boat trips & Whales
The boat ride to the rivers resembles most other adventures at sea in the Maniitsoq region, and throughout the summer season whales grace the shores throughout much of the area. Humpback whales are particularly playful and love to show off aerial acrobatics and tail whips, so if you ever feel that the locals seem a bit pushy in their attempts to get you out to sea it is only meant as a friendly adventure challenge.
Humpback whales are particularly playful and love to show off aerial acrobatics and tail whips.
- The Arctic Umiaq Line ferry passes Maniitsoq on a weekly basis and Maniitsoq Tour Boat services the nearby villages and also runs a regular passenger transfer to Nuuk in the summer months
- The town has a supermarket, Brugseni, and a few smaller convenience stores
- The taxi service operates 24/7 and can be reached at
+299 81 41 76
- The exhibitions at Maniitsoq Museum provide a good introduction to the local culture and history.
If you need to crank the adventure volume to 11 heliskiing in the alpine region around both maniitsoq and the nearby village of Kangaamiut is an essential part of the mix. We are actually prepared to stick our necks out and give the award for Greenland’s best heliskiing conditions to the peaks in the Eternity Fjord area.
In all modesty it has been arranged in way where the helicopter will drop you off on a razor-sharp peak and pick you back up at the water’s edge. Now that you’re here we prefer that you can take advantage of every available vertical meter.
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