Nanortalik is Greenland's southernmost town and is located in a scenic area with some of Greenland's most picturesque fjords, small woodlands and steep mountainsides. The town's name means "place of polar bears", which refers to the polar bears that occasionally pass through the town in summer, together with the pack ice from the Arctic Ocean.
Nanortalik attracts adventurous globetrotters, who pave thier own path through the rugged wilderness, but organised excursions can also be arranged in the town at many of the tourist offices. Nanortalik is best known for its natural "skyscrapers", the steep, craggy peaks and vertical rock walls in Tasermiut fjord, Pamialluk and the unique Prince Christian Sound.
Population and industry
The region of Nanortalik stretches from the island of Qeqertarsuaq over Cape Farewell to the 60 km long Lindenow fjord on the east coast, totalling approx. 15,000 km2. The main industries are seal hunting, fishing, service and administration. 2200 people live in the district around Nanortalik, divided between the town, five settlements and a number of sheep farms. Besides the well-preserved old town, Nanortalik also has a characteristic wooden church from 1916 and an open air museum spread over several buildings.
Population: 1445 in the town and 658 inhabitants spread over the five settlements.
A haven for the brave climbers and mountaineers, who dare to venture onto the steep, craggy peaks and vertical rock walls in Tasermiut fjord.