This colorful fishing village is rich with Inuit culture and a strong connection to the sea. Learn about the town’s history and culture on a guided tour revealing archaeological discoveries that indicate the area was inhabited as far back as 1500 BCE. Explore the stunning coastline on a ferry and perhaps catch a glimpse of the minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales and orcas that swim in pods in the surrounding waters. Bring home handicrafts made from local materials such as oxen wool, mussel shells, soapstone, reindeer antlers and precious stones are available in small souvenir shops.

Port: Paamiut (Frderiskshab)

Paamiut (Frderiskshab)

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  • Walking Tour of Paamiut

    Learn what it’s like to live in a Greenlandic fishing village by walking around town, talking to shopkeepers and visiting with a local family.

    After walking from the pier, you will soon discover that Paamiut has had a long, deep relationship with the sea since being founded in 1742. Every aspect of life here revolves around water. The name Paamiut means “residents of the estuary”—a reference to its location at the mouth of the Kuannersooq fjord.

    Fishing is the primary source of income for the 1,800 residents, who typically catch redfish and sea salmon. Minke and humpback whales are frequently seen in the fjord, and sea eagles are often spotted flying overhead.

    Walking through town, you will notice that the homes are colorfully painted and really stand out against the backdrop of volcanically formed blue-black mountains. You may also see Paamiut’s main church, whose design was inspired by Norwegian stave churches.

    For a glimpse into the economy, you will stop in a workshop that makes products such as mittens and coats from sealskins. The seals are harvested solely for their meat, which is a mainstay in Greenlandic diets. The sealskins are by-products used for a variety of purposes.

    After your day of learning about their lifestyles and customs you will walk back to the pier.

    Please note: There are no official guides in Paamiut. You will be escorted by a representative from the local town who will provide information about the area. This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking that will include some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm clothes; a cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

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