Nanortalik / Kitaa

Nanortalik is a settlement in the south of Greenland with 1404 inhabitants ( 2012) in the municipality Kujalleq.


Nanortalik located on a small island off the output of the large Tasermiut fjord.

The wildlife is next arctic fox, arctic hare, sea eagle, raven, snow bunting, common eider, black guillemot, seals and whales also of a lot of species of songbirds.

On the archipelago before Nanortalik ( Kitsitsut ) nest some razorbills, puffins, guillemots and fulmars. Even auks are said to have once nested here.

Former municipality

Nanortalik was a separate municipality until the creation of the municipality Kujalleq on 1 January 2009 with a total of 2281 inhabitants, in addition to Nanortalik nor the settlements Tasiusaq, Aappilattoq, Alluitsup Paa and Narsaq Kujalleq ( the southern village of Greenland to German: lower level, not to be confused with Narsaq ) included. It was the southernmost municipality of Greenland. She handed to the east coast.

Coat of arms

Description: In red three silver polar bear pole placed at.

Culture and sights

In the old town is the Nanortalik Museum, the largest open-air museum of Greenland.

The landscape is rougher than the rest of South Greenland. Rugged, often glaciated, granite mountains rise like towers up to 2000 m steep. Particularly well known for extreme climbers are the mountains Ketil, Ulamertorsuaq and Kirkespiret on Tasermiut fjord. The fjord, the ice from an altitude of 1400 meters drops at the end directly into the sea, is also popular for hikers and for local hikers.

In the sheltered valleys, such as the Qinguadalen or in monasteries Dalen, Greenland are only forest areas with up to 5 feet tall birch trees. Even bees are found here.

The small island Uunartoq with its hot spring is also a popular destination. Hillside Kirkespiret is a gold mine, and in the rivers of the region are also small pieces of gold to be found.

Economy and infrastructure

The name means something like Nanortalik Bears place, because the hunting of polar bears (as well as seals and whales ) that come close to the Cape Farewell in early summer with the drift, still plays a role here. Even if the city as opposed to the other places on the west coast rather acts like a traditional Jägerort, there is also a fish processing plant, and the sheep farming plays a role.

After 10 years of exploration in 2004 ended in Kirkespirdalen, 30 km north of Nanortalik, the gold mine Nalunaq in operation. A graphite mine in about 20 km distance from the city in 1925 was closed.