Arctic sunset

Arctic sunset

Sunset over the Disko Bay from the Arctic Hotel (Ilulissat, Greenland).


VIDEO → Approaching Greenland.
VIDEO → Qôrqut (Qooqqut), west Greenland.

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N٠U٠U٠K

N٠U٠U٠K

Sunny panorama of Nuuk, capital of Greenland with the city founder, Hans Egede, iconic statue.

Nuuk (Danish colonial name: Godthåb) is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It is the seat of government and by far the country’s largest cultural and economic centre. Nuuk contains almost a third of Greenland’s population (~17,000 inhabitants).

Nuuk is the Kalaallisut word for “cape”. It is so named because of its position at the end of Nuup Kangerlua, a massive fjord on the eastern shore of the Labrador Sea known for outstanding nature: waterfalls, sea-cliffs, whales and scattered icebergs. Its latitude, at 64°10′ N, makes it the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometres farther north than the Icelandic capital Reykjavík.

Nuuk’s waterfront is dotted with brightly coloured houses against the backdrop of Sermitsiaq mountain. Greenland National Museum and Nuuk Art Museum have absolutely interesting displays. The Katuaq cultural center offers films, concerts and art. The modern building of the University of Greenland, Greenland’s only university, deserve a visit as well.


VIDEO → Approaching Greenland

Varallo

Varallo

Varallo from the cablecar, Piedmont (Italy).

Varallo, commonly known as Varallo Sesia, is a comune and town of about 7,400 inhabitants in the province of Vercelli in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy. It is situated in Valsesia, at 450 metres (1,480 ft) above sea level and some 66 kilometres (41 mi) north-northeast of Vercelli and 55 kilometres (34 mi) northwest of Novara.