Nuuk

The Church of the Redeemer

Katuaq Cultural Centre 

Qornok

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Nuuk

The World’s Northernmost Capital

Small colourful houses scattered across the slopes of snow-capped mountains. A place that was first inhabited by the Vikings, followed by the Inuit and the Danes: Nuuk, the world's northernmost “capital” and the next destination on your amazing and surprising MSC cruise.

Nuuk is Greenland’s main town and was officially founded in 1728 with the name Godthåb: “Good Hope.” It is surrounded by wild, unspoiled nature and offers visitors several enchantingly beautiful places to see, such as Qornok. This ancient village is situated on the southeast side of a small peninsula. Here you can take unforgettable walks along the fjord to admire the icebergs and old houses that are no longer inhabited, but which today you can rent for a couple of nights. This outpost is completely free of any form of traffic and has no internet signal, allowing everyone to relax surrounded by spectacular natural scenery
 
Besides the incredible views, the small and lively town of Nuuk also has several historical and culturally significant buildings. Nuuk Cathedral, or the Church of the Redeemer, is instantly recognisable due to its bright red colour and the spire that stands out on the landscape.
 
Built between 1848 and 1849, this building is the actual seat of the Bishop of Greenland. A visit to the Katuaq, Nuuk’s cultural centre, is also a must. The building, clad in golden larch wood on both the inside and outside, was inaugurated in 1997, and is used for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and as a cinema. The corrugated wall of the facade is inspired by the sinuous curves of the aurora borealis. It really is an architectural jewel, with a unique design, and well worth seeing to complete your journey with MSC Cruises in Greenland, the nation of glaciers. 

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    Greenland

    Amid Glaciers and Whales
    Amid Glaciers and Whales

    It appears that we have Erik the Red to thank for naming this gigantic island "green land", despite the fact it is actually barren and icy rather than covered with fields.


    A thousand years ago, the first Europeans – Icelandic settlers – believed the Norman leader’s promises and followed him to start settling on Greenland’s coasts. The Inuit people arrived from North America about two hundred years later, adapting much better to its extreme climate than the first settlers. 


    Denmark only took possession of this territory officially in the 18th century, and today the country has its own form of self-government. An MSC cruise will take you to the small village of Ilulissat, which overlooks the bay of Baffin; Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, situated on the west coast, boasting just under twenty thousand inhabitants and the beautiful Katuaq cultural centre; Qaqortoq, situated on the southern tip of the island in front of the beautiful Lake Tasersuaq. During your MSC cruise, you can take an excursion in search of whales or get up close to the faces of the ice-mountains that jut into the sea.