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Uunartoq is an uninhabited island located in the Kujalleq municipality of Greenland. It is situated in the southern part of the country, near the mouth of the Nordre Strømfjord. The island is roughly circular in shape, with a diameter of about 3 km (1.9 mi).

Uunartoq is known for its hot springs, which have been used for centuries by the Inuit people for bathing and healing. The hot springs are located at the northern end of the island and are made up of several pools of hot water. The temperature of the water ranges from 80 to 100 degrees Celsius (176 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit).

The island has a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the 7th century. The Inuit people used the island as a hunting ground, and the first Europeans to visit the island were Dutch explorers in the 17th century.

In the 19th century, Uunartoq was used as a base for whaling ships. The island also served as a stopover for ships traveling between Europe and North America. In 1884, the island was used as a base for the first successful attempt to cross Greenland by airship.

Today, Uunartoq is a popular tourist destination. Visitors come to the island to experience its natural beauty and hot springs. The island can be reached by boat from the nearby town of Nanortalik.

Excursion tips for a day in Uunartoq

As a tourist in Uunartoq, Greenland, you can experience a variety of activities and attractions on a single day. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy in Uunartoq:

1. Take a boat tour of Uunartoq’s hot springs and explore the thermal pools.
2. Visit the local Uunartoq Island Museum and learn about the island's history and culture.
3. Participate in a guided hike and explore the stunning scenery of the island.
4. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the island by taking a nature walk.
5. Go kayaking or canoeing and explore the nearby fjords and bays.
6. Visit the local art galleries and take in the vibrant art scene.
7. Take a guided tour of the local Inuit villages and learn about their traditional way of life.
8. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of the Uunartoq Glacier.
9. Spend some time on the beach, swimming, sunbathing, and exploring the shoreline.
10. Sample some of the local delicacies, such as whale meat and Greenlandic ice cream.

Experience Uunartoq 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 Uunartoq. 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 Uunartoq

Uunartoq in Greenland experiences a subarctic climate with cold, dry winters and cool summers. In winter, temperatures are typically between -10°C and -20°C and there is little to no precipitation. In spring, temperatures gradually warm up and rainfall increases. In summer, temperatures are usually between 5°C and 10°C and there is more rainfall. Autumn is similar to spring with temperatures gradually cooling down and rainfall decreasing. Overall, Uunartoq's climate is cold and dry with temperatures rarely rising above 10°C and significant precipitation occurring only in spring and summer.

Cruise weather for Uunartoq

Our weather forecast for Uunartoq 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
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 2.7 °C
min: 1 °C
29.5 m/s
60.8 m/s
95.6 %
23.6 m
81.1 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 3.8 °C
min: 0.8 °C
50.0 m/s
92.5 m/s
100.0 %
1.2 m
96.0 %
997 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 2.3 °C
min: 0.1 °C
27.4 m/s
46.1 m/s
95.7 %
0.3 m
98.7 %
998 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 1.1 °C
min: -0.2 °C
10.4 m/s
12.6 m/s
89.8 %
0.3 m
96.7 %
1,000 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 0.8 °C
min: 0.1 °C
16.6 m/s
25.6 m/s
94.0 %
0.5 m
98.1 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 1.8 °C
min: 0.5 °C
31.0 m/s
58.3 m/s
100.0 %
0.3 m
98.7 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 1.7 °C
min: 0.5 °C
26.5 m/s
53.3 m/s
100.0 %
0.2 m
98.8 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 1.0 °C
min: 0.1 °C
14.0 m/s
26.6 m/s
99.0 %
0.2 m
99.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 2.2 °C
min: -0.2 °C
49.3 m/s
80.6 m/s
100.0 %
0.2 m
98.5 %
1,002 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 2.8 °C
min: 1.8 °C
49.2 m/s
81.7 m/s
100.0 %
0.4 m
97.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 2.7 °C
min: 1.3 °C
19.4 m/s
40.0 m/s
100.0 %
0.6 m
98.1 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 1.9 °C
min: 0.5 °C
40.3 m/s
78.1 m/s
100.0 %
0.3 m
98.3 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 1.8 °C
min: 0.2 °C
23.8 m/s
50.0 m/s
100.0 %
3.3 m
97.0 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 0.5 °C
min: -0.1 °C
33.1 m/s
65.9 m/s
100.0 %
0.1 m
98.2 %
1,014 hPa

Cruises to Uunartoq

Would you like to travel to Uunartoq on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Uunartoq.

Scheduled ship calls in Uunartoq, Greenland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 4th 2024 Wednesday, 4th of Sep. 2024 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Sep. 2024 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 25th 2024 Wednesday, 25th of Sep. 2024 Silver Endeavour 03:30 pm 07:30 pm
Sep. 10th 2025 Wednesday, 10th of Sep. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 04:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sep. 14th 2025 Sunday, 14th of Sep. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 15th 2025 Monday, 15th of Sep. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 10th 2026 Thursday, 10th of Sep. 2026 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 11th 2026 Friday, 11th of Sep. 2026 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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