PHOTO GALLERY: Signs, Menus, and More Around Towns

A picture lasts forever! That is why I started snapping photos of signs around town, tourist information boards, restaurant menus, etc. Originally I did this for my own personal use, but I think it can be very helpful to anyone dreaming of or planning a trip to Greenland. It is hit or miss whether you can find this same information on the Internet, so I decided to share it here in one single place.

The menus can give you a great idea about average food pricing (all prices listed in Danish Kroner). And I think the photos give an accurate picture of what you can expect to find in terms of posted information when you arrive to Greenland, and in what language(s). Sometimes signs are posted in English, but oftentimes they are only written in Greenlandic and Danish.

DISCLAIMER 1: This is not a comprehensive gallery of every sign, menu, etc. in the given town. Nor is it a comprehensive gallery of every town.

DISCLAIMER 2: There is no guarantee that the information in the photograph will be valid forever. I indicate the season I took the photo so you will know if it is very recent or a bit older. By default, no picture is older than summer 2012.

DISCLAIMER 3: Sorry for the poor quality of some of the photos. As I said, I originally took the photos for my own personal use!

Signs in Ilulissat

Signs in Kangerlussuaq

Signs in Nuuk

Signs in Sisimiut

Signs in Tasiilaq

Signs in Uummannaq

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PHOTO GALLERY: Signs/Menus Around Sisimiut

Extremely important information regarding which animal products may leave the country freely, which animal products require a CITES permit, and which animal products may not leave the country at all. This is posted in the Sisimiut Craft Workshop, pictured below. (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4640IMG_4639

Opening Hours for Sisimiut Museum (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4578

Wireless Internet Pricing at Nord Cafe & Art (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4586

Wireless Internet Pricing at Hotel Sisimiut (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4608

Opening Hours at Sisimiut Sport (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4615

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This is the meat & fish market, Qimatulivik (literal translation: “Storage Place”). See below if you happen to be interested in the going rates for Greenlandic specialties like Halibut, Reindeer, Muskox, Seal, Snowhare, etc. (Taken Summer 2013)

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Below – Pricing for Greenlandic specialities (the first word is the animal and the second, third, etc. words describe the cut of meat, the part of the body, whether it is dried or not, and so on).

I will keep it simple and give a small Greenlandic-to-English dictionary of the animals (in order of appearance) 🙂

Also, the second column tells the unit. “Kg-mut” = “per kilo” (2.2 lb). “Ataaseq” = “for one” or “each”.

Tuttu – Reindeer /// Umimmak – Muskox /// Qipoqqaq – Humpback Whale /// Ukaleq – Snowhare /// Arfivik – Bowhead Whale (a.k.a. Greenland Whale) /// Paarnat – Crowberries /// Saarullik – Cod /// Qeeraq – Catfish /// Nataarnaq – Greenlandic Halibut /// Eqaluk – Trout /// Kapisillik – Salmon /// Qaleralik – Halibut /// Ammassat – Capelins /// Puisi – Seal /// Niisa – Porpoise /// Aaveq (Aarrup) – Walrus /// Tikaagullik – Minke Whale /// Qilalugaq (Qilalukkap) – Narwhal /// Aarluarsuk (Aarluarsuup) – Dolphin /// Appa – Auk /// Miteq – Eider Duck /// Taateraaq – Seagull /// Serfaq – Guillemot /// Alleq – Long-tailed duck /// Apparluk – Auk /// Aqisseq – Grouse

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Opening Hours for Flower & Gift Shop (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4657

Storefront of Panigiit, a Gift Shop behind Taseralik (Taken Summer 2013)

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Practical Information in the Welcome Booklet at Seamen’s Home – Sisimiut (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4855 IMG_4856 IMG_4857 IMG_4858

Opening Hours at Cafeteria at Seamen’s Home – Sisimiut (Taken Summer 2013) IMG_4677

Example Weekly Cafeteria Menu at Seamen’s Home – Sisimiut (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4579

Opening Hours & Storefront for the Bakery, uphill from the large Cemetery (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4744 IMG_4745

Delicious sweet things at the Bakery (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4742

Food Menu at the Bakery (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4806

Storefront of the Pizza Place (Taken Summer 2013) IMG_4628

Menu at the Pizza Place (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4629

Opening Hours for Taseralik (Culture House) (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4598

Cafe Menus at Taseralik (Culture House) (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4603 IMG_4604

Opening Hours for Nord Cafe & Art (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4636

Menu at Nord Cafe & Art (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4830

Advertisement for Nord Cafe & Art (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4610

Dinner and Wine Menus at Restaurant Nasaasaaq at Hotel Sisimiut (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4693 IMG_4694 IMG_4695

PHOTO GALLERY: Signs/Menus Around Tasiilaq

Town Map posted outside Air Greenland heliportIMG_3070

Important Phone Numbers, posted in the HeliportIMG_8684

Advisements posted inside Air Greenland heliport (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2954

Accommodation Advertisement for Iglo Guesthouse in Tiniteqilaaq, a small settlement approximately 50 km/30 mi north of Tasiilaq (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2952

Opening Hours of many establishments, posted in Hotel The Red House (Utili Aapalartoq) (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2930

Opening Hours at Neriusaaq, the catch-all bookstore, Internet cafe, ice cream shop, etc.IMG_8732

Opening Hours at Ammassalik Museum (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2932

Dining Hours at Hotel The Red House (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2931

Emergency Contact Information at Hotel The Red House (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2934

Wireless Internet Information at Hotel The Red House (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_3178

PHOTO GALLERY: Signs/Menus Around Nuuk

Opening Hours at Katuaq (Culture House) (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2800

Opening Hours at the Qiviut store (same ownership as the Sisimiut location) (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_9629

Menu at Cafétuaq in Katuaq (Culture House) (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2772

Nuup Bussii Bus Route Information between Qinngorput and City Center (There is also the 1A Bus that goes directly to Nuuk Center) (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2776

Bar Menu at Daddy’s Restaurant & Bar (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2856

Flyer about the opening of Inuk Hostels, a new accommodation in Nuuk (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_9291

Greenlandic Flyer about Greenland National Day festivities (21 June) (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_9289

Danish Flyer about Greenland National Day festivities (21 June) (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_9290

Flyer about a photography exhibit in Katuaq Culture House (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_9628

Flyer about the opening of a soup kitchen for children (Taken Summer 2014)IMG_0322

PHOTO GALLERY: Signs/Menus Around Ilulissat

Suggestions for Proper Tourist Behavior posted at Ilulissat Hostel (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2604

Front Desk Hours at Hotel Icefiord (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2409

Many, many signs with practical information posted at Ilulissat Hostel (Spring 2013)IMG_2418 IMG_2417 IMG_2416 IMG_2415

Opening Hours and Menus for Restaurant Mamartut (Taken Summer 2013)IMG_4508

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Information about Greenlandic Buffet at Restaurant Mamartut (Taken Summer 2013) – I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE GREENLANDIC BUFFET IS ONLY SERVED DURING THE SUMMER SEASONIMG_4510

Opening Hours at Icy Cafe (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2414

Pizza Menu at Hotel Hvide Falk (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2449

Happy Hour Menu at Hotel Icefiord (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2473

Menu at Cafe Iluliaq (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2597

Menu at Naleraq (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2602 IMG_2603

Example of Buffet Menu at Naleraq (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2600

Examples of Daily Specials at Restaurant Ulo and/or Cafe Ferdinand at Hotel Arctic (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2592

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Menu for Cafe Ferdinand at Hotel Arctic (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2419

Menu at Restaurant Ulo at Hotel Arctic (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2420

Opening Hours for Ilulissat Hallen (Gym/Sports Hall) (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2509

Opening Hours for Ilulissat Art Museum (Taken Spring 2013) IMG_2574

Opening Hours for Knud Rasmussen Museum (Taken Spring 2013) IMG_2581

What the outside of the Craft Workshop looks like… Directions: With Ilulissat Tourist Nature on your right, walk downhill and this building is on the right (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2650 IMG_2652

PHOTO GALLERY: Signs/Menus around Kangerlussuaq

Basic Information posted at World of Greenland – Arctic Circle’s Old Camp Accommodation (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2042

Basic Information in the Welcome Booklet at World of Greenland – Arctic Circle’s Polar Lodge accommodation (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2019

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Business Hours for World of Greenland – Arctic Circle’s Restaurant Roklubben (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2048

Dinner Menu for World of Greenland – Arctic Circle’s Restaurant Roklubben (Taken Spring 2013) IMG_2030

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Thai Food and Pizza Menus at [this cafe], south of the runway (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2089

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Business Hours at the bar on the 2nd floor of Hotel Kangerlussuaq/Kangerlussuaq Airport (Taken Spring 2013)IMG_2124

PHOTO GALLERY: Greenlandic Sledge Dogs

To read about my dogsledding trip in East Greenland, see here.

For more photos of these beautiful creatures, see the Visit Greenland flickr account.

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Dogsledding in Greenland

In spring 2013, I spent 6 weeks in Greenlandic Dog territory (which is above the Arctic Circle on the west coast and everywhere on the east coast) so I was extremely excited about the possibilities to try dogsledding for the first time! I finally got my chance in late April in Tasiilaq, on the east coast.

PS – For more pictures of Greenlandic sledge dogs, see my photo post and the Visit Greenland flickr account.

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On the morning of the tour, I made my way to a designated spot right at the edge of land and frozen sea to meet the musher. It was actively snowing on this particular day, so the land, the ice, and the sky were completely white! All I could see were some small figures in the snowy wonderland, so I took a wild guess that this was my team!

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Gudmund, the musher, was preparing the sledge for the trip by polishing the tracks. (Jumping ahead a bit, I quickly understood that this was a necessary step as the dogs’ leads often get caught under the sledge, and this makes it easier to get them unstuck. Not to mention it makes the sledge glide effortlessly over the snow.) Gudmund already had the dogs harnessed and connected to the sledge, and they were ready to get moving! They were howling and hopping over each other, and some were growling at one another to confirm the pack hierarchy. The only thing preventing them from pulling the sledge away without Gudmund and me on board was a snow hook in the ground!

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Once the sledge was ready, Gudmund flipped it over and we were ready to go. I hung my bag on the back and took my seat on the platform. The platform was covered in a warm reindeer skin that made the ride quite cozy. Gudmund sat at the front and I sat at the back.

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The day’s destination was Tsangeraddaddaajaa, a.k.a. “The Coffee Bar”. It is a point with 3 small huts approximately 25 km (15 mi) north of Tasiilaq, and it is halfway between the town of Tasiilaq and the village of Tiniteqilaaq. It should take 2.5-3 hours to get to that point, so we planned to go there, stop for a bit, then return to Tasiilaq.

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So we took off! In the beginning we met some other sledge traffic…

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But soon it was just the dogs, Gudmund, and I headed north into a white abyss! I was glad they knew the route because I certainly could not see the way!

Want to see dogsledding in motion? See my personal YouTube Video of Dogsledding in Greenland.

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The pictures I took do not do justice to the beauty of Tasiilaq’s backcountry. Actually, in Greenland, even a white abyss can be so majestic you could cry! It is extremely special to know that this landscape is some of the most untouched land in the world, yet there you are – one single human being – standing in its midst. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask, “Is this real ?!”

My favorite part of the whole trip was getting to talk one-on-one with Gudmund the entire time! He spoke English fairly well, so we were able to communicate comfortably about his life in Tasiilaq, the landscape around us, the commands he used toward the dogs, and the characteristics of the pack – who is leader, who is oldest, what role each dog plays for the team. Plus, being me, I jumped at the chance to get a free lesson in the East Greenlandic language! So our communication was some crazy combination of English, Danish, West Greenlandic, East Greenlandic, and body language. It was heaven for me!

When we got to Tsangeraddaddaajaa it really was just three small huts!

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Gudmund put the snow hook into the ground and started to “fix” the dogs for a break. He went to each dog and pulled one of its legs up into the harness so that it became a three-legged creature! He said it was to give the dominant leg a break; others have said they do it when they know many other sledges will be near – it debilitates the dogs a bit so they are less inclined to try to pull toward the incoming sledges.

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During the break, Gudmund’s pack was very playful and loving toward each other, and they were curious about me, too. I asked Gudmund if I could touch them, and he gave me the green light!

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Less than 10 minutes passed before a few other sledges came through the thick wall of snow into sight. As new sledges approached, Gudmund and the other mushers had to be on high alert because the dogs all began barking, pulling, and creating a lot of tension. The mushers all got out the whips and motioned them in a way that kept the teams separate. They have such incredible control over their packs purely with voice commands, whip movements (without having to touch the dogs), and body language!

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Well, the Coffee Bar did not get its name for no reason. No, there is not a barista waiting there with Café Lattes, but everyone did seem to stop there, sit on their sledges, and warm up with a thermos of coffee and some chocolate. After this quick fuel, we turned around and took the same route back to Tasiilaq.

This is Gudmund driving us back toward town. You can see the buildings getting clearer and clearer as we approach.

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The trip ended with a bit of “urban sledding” so that Gudmund could return the dogs to their chains and doghouses.

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Tourist Information:

What to Wear/Bring

  • Always be prepared for any weather – sun, rain/snow, fog, wind, etc. Dress in layers and always have some extra layers in your pack.
  • I suggest wearing thermal base layers, warm clothes (wool is nice), and outer layers that are both windproof and waterproof. Also wear a warm hat, gloves, breathable socks, and boots.
  • As with any other snow sport, wear sunscreen and sunglasses! The reflection of the sun on the snow can be fierce.
  • Bring your camera and perhaps extra batteries, memory cards, etc., Keep them close to your body to keep them warm. Cold temperatures can often affect the proper function of electronics.
  • You may like to bring a thermos of coffee or tea for the ride. Sometimes, this is included with the tour – check with your tour operator to confirm.

Etiquette Tips

  • Greenlandic Dog temperaments range from nearly wild to almost playful – but every single dog is different. Always ask the musher before approaching a dog! (This also goes for walking near dogs in the towns. No matter the age, do not touch them unless you have specifically been told you can do it.)
  • The musher will most likely jump off the sledge to stand on the back of it. He/She does this to work the brake, especially when going downhill. Unless the musher says otherwise, you should stay seated on the sledge.

Dog Handling

  • This point is worth repeating over and over… Do NOT touch a dog, old or young, unless you have specifically been told you can do it. This goes for the dogs you meet during a tour and those you meet around town.
  • Greenlandic Dogs are not pets – they are working animals. They have an extreme amount of energy and instinct to run/pull a sledge. The musher uses verbal and physical commands toward the pack. At times they may seem harsh, but understand that they are necessary to control the pack.
  • Greenlandic Dogs are contained when they are not working. Mushers keep them on sturdy chains close to doghouses with ample food and water supply. The musher visits them daily. Sometimes, dogs are kept in a pen, but usually they are still on chains inside the pen. The chains are for the dogs’ protection. They keep the dogs from wandering loose in the town; dogs can legally be shot if they are deemed problematic toward people. The chains also keep the dogs a safe distance from each other as hierarchical fighting is common.

Winter versus Summer Life

  • Dogsledding season is typically from October – April, depending on the town, snow cover, and sea ice conditions. During this time, dogsledding is used as a method of transportation for residents and as an entertaining excursion for tourists.
  • Greenlandic Dogs look quite different in the two seasons. In winter, their fur is thick and full, but in summer they shed a lot and look much thinner.
  • Greenlandic dogs are chained whether it is winter or summer. Depending on where the musher lives, the dogs may be on grass, rocks, or dirt. You will always see that they are close to doghouses and ample food and water supply.
  • In summer, many tourists “judge a book by its cover”. They see the dogs on chains and looking thin, so they assume the dogs are poorly treated. For those thinking this way, I suggest they take a “Sledge Dog Life” tour. While it is not possible to do a dogsledding tour in summer, it is possible to meet mushers and get a firsthand insider-look into how they care for their dogs.

For statistics on sledge dogs by Statistics Greenland, see here.

Do you know about the Big Arctic Five?

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If you can only do five things in Greenland, make it the Big Arctic Five! They are tried and true – every single memorable experience I have had in Greenland includes some combination of these essential elements!

Meet Pioneering People – At the center of everything are the people who live in and love this country!

Experience Ice and Snow with all 5 senses – Be it glaciers, floating icebergs, or the massive Ice Sheet, you are never far from this element!

Traverse landscape via Dogsled – Thanks to the Greenlandic Dog, who lives to run/pull a sled, you can get to places you could never dream of reaching on foot.

Gaze at the Northern Lights – Sunlight may be fleeting in wintertime, but the sky is far from dark. Watch the sky come alive as a vision of green and purple!

Go Whale-watching – Spot these majestic summer visitors during a sailing tour or maybe even from the comfort of your own balcony!

Also, stay tuned for upcoming posts about my personal experiences with each of the Big Arctic Five! Just select “Big Arctic Five” in the Category menu on the Home page!