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Nansen Harbor
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Nansen Harbor

Nansen Harbor is located on the east coast of Greenland, approximately 120 km (75 miles) north of the capital city of Nuuk. It is located on the northern side of the Ammassalik Fjord, with the Greenland Ice Sheet to the south.

Nansen Harbor was first discovered in 1906 by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet. Nansen named the harbor after himself and it has since become a popular destination for tourists and adventurers.

The harbor itself is quite small, with a population of only around 200 people. The harbor is mainly used as a base for fishing, but it has also become an important port for the local Inuit population.

The harbor is home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, whales, and polar bears. The harbor is also known for its spectacular scenery, with snow-capped mountains and glaciers in the background.

The harbor has a long and rich history, which dates back to the Viking Age. It was an important trading post for the Norse settlers, who used it as a base for their explorations of the North Atlantic.

Nansen Harbor is also known for its role in World War II. In 1942, the British Royal Navy established a base at the harbor in order to support their operations in the North Atlantic. The harbor was also used as a staging area for the Allied invasion of Greenland in 1943.

Today, Nansen Harbor is still a popular destination for tourists and adventurers. It is an excellent place to experience the unique culture and environment of Greenland, as well as its fascinating history.

Excursion tips for a day in Nansen Harbor

As a tourist in Nansen Harbor in Greenland, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in one day. Here are some of the top activities to consider:

1. Take a boat tour of Nansen Harbor to admire the beautiful scenery and spot wildlife.

2. Visit the nearby Kapisillit Museum to learn about the history and culture of the region.

3. Enjoy a traditional Greenlandic meal at one of the local restaurants.

4. Go whale watching and try to spot humpback whales, narwhals, and other marine life.

5. Spend the day exploring the area's stunning fjords and glaciers.

6. Take a guided tour of the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Visit the local markets to pick up souvenirs and traditional crafts.

8. Go on a guided hike to explore the nearby mountains and valleys.

9. Relax on the beach and take in the stunning views of the harbor.

10. Spend a day fishing and try to catch some of the local species.

Experience Nansen Harbor with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Nansen Harbor. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Nansen Harbor

Nansen Harbor in Greenland experiences a cool and wet climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from -2°C to 8°C. In the winter months, the temperature drops to -20°C, with snowfall and strong winds. Spring brings milder temperatures and more sunshine, while summer is short but warm, with temperatures reaching up to 8°C. In autumn, the temperature drops again, with snowfall and strong winds returning.

Cruise weather for Nansen Harbor

Our weather forecast for Nansen Harbor helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jun. 25th 2024 Jun. 25th 2024 max: 1.5 °C
min: 0.3 °C
6.8 m/s
7.2 m/s
92.1 %
12.9 m
94.2 %
1,003 hPa
Jun. 26th 2024 Jun. 26th 2024 max: 1.3 °C
min: -2.3 °C
7.9 m/s
7.9 m/s
97.1 %
12.8 m
93.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jun. 27th 2024 Jun. 27th 2024 max: 0.6 °C
min: -4.2 °C
7.9 m/s
8.6 m/s
24.9 %
18.4 m
90.0 %
1,016 hPa
Jun. 28th 2024 Jun. 28th 2024 max: 0.9 °C
min: -5.9 °C
7.2 m/s
7.2 m/s
33.9 %
18.5 m
86.4 %
1,018 hPa
Jun. 29th 2024 Jun. 29th 2024 max: 1.0 °C
min: -1.3 °C
14.0 m/s
21.2 m/s
100.0 %
13.1 m
93.6 %
1,020 hPa
Jun. 30th 2024 Jun. 30th 2024 max: 2.2 °C
min: 1.1 °C
14.4 m/s
20.2 m/s
96.4 %
2.7 m
97.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 1st 2024 Jul. 1st 2024 max: 2.8 °C
min: 2 °C
13.0 m/s
12.6 m/s
97.7 %
10.9 m
93.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 2nd 2024 Jul. 2nd 2024 max: 3.4 °C
min: 1.9 °C
14.4 m/s
15.1 m/s
100.0 %
9.2 m
96.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 3rd 2024 Jul. 3rd 2024 max: 2.9 °C
min: 1.5 °C
13.3 m/s
12.6 m/s
99.1 %
0.1 m
99.7 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 4th 2024 Jul. 4th 2024 max: 2.4 °C
min: 1.8 °C
9.0 m/s
9.0 m/s
99.7 %
0.5 m
99.4 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 5th 2024 Jul. 5th 2024 max: 2.9 °C
min: 1.7 °C
10.1 m/s
10.1 m/s
93.7 %
8.1 m
97.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 6th 2024 Jul. 6th 2024 max: 2.7 °C
min: 1.1 °C
8.3 m/s
8.3 m/s
94.7 %
12.5 m
95.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 7th 2024 Jul. 7th 2024 max: 1.2 °C
min: -0.9 °C
7.9 m/s
7.9 m/s
72.5 %
11.2 m
94.3 %
1,006 hPa

Cruises to Nansen Harbor

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Scheduled ship calls in Nansen Harbor, Greenland
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