Qaanaaq

The hunting culture’s northernmost town where you can experience the closest to the original Greenlandic hunting culture. Here, the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen departed for his expeditions. Population: 656

Ilulissat

It’s not surprising that this town is named Ilulissat, which means iceberg in Greenlandic. It is situated at the mouth of the 60-km long ice fjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. In 2004, Ilulissat Ice Fjord was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Ilulissat, 4,600 people and more than 3,500 sled dogs live today. The large number of dogs just tells how important dogsled is for transport even in a large modern town. Fishing and tourism are major income source to this town. Population: 4,541

Sisimiut

Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut lies immediately north of the Arctic Circle. In winter, snowboarders and snowmobile riders mix with dog-sled drivers, while in the summer the hills and fjords are alive with hikers, cruisers, and visitors to settlements. Sisimiut is also the base camp for more specialized adventurers, such as arctic diving, river fishing, heli-skiing and long trips by dogsled in the wilderness. Population: 5,598

Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq, or if you like to keep it very, very simple: 'the K-place', is the gateway to Greenland. Its international airport connects with domestic flights to the rest of Greenland every day. The former U.S. military base is now the adventure centre for the region. Thousands of musk oxen are living in the mountains surrounding the town, and an adventurous gravel road provides direct access to the ice sheet. One can join a guided tour that includes hiking on the ice and even sleeping in a tent on the glacier. Population: 550

Nuuk

The capital of Greenland. This is where the past, present and future meet—from exhibitions of old and new to experimental theatre and new music. Attractions include the Colonial harbor where beautiful old houses stand; “brættet,” a market of the day’s catch of seal, birds and fish; the award-winning culture centre Katuaq; the University of Greenland; the cathedral from 1849; and the National Museum. Population: 16,454

Qaqortoq

South Greenland’s largest town. Qaqortoq is known as one of the most charming and beautiful towns in the entire country. The “Stone and Man” project that invites you to explore the town to find 30 different motifs, chiselled into the cliffs by local and Scandinavian artists. Other attractions include Greenland’s oldest fountain; colonial buildings, dated from the establishment of the town in 1775; Our Saviour’s Church from 1832; and Great Greenland Furhouse, a fashion company. Population: 3,229

Tasiilaq

The largest town in East Greenland is one of the most isolated settlements in the world. Since it is only just over 120 years since the first Europeans came to the area, the traditional Inuit culture still plays a significant role in everyday life. However, Tasiilaq is also a modern society with many of the features you find in the world. Computer games, Internet and mobile phones have long since come to Tasiilaq. Population: 2,017

Ittoqqortoormiit

Ittoqqortoormiit boasts the world’s largest fjord complex and longest fjord. Only a few tourists come to this remote area, where the winter is long and the sea is frozen for nine months of the year. But the Walrus Bay has a surprisingly broad and fine sand and gravel beach. Winter bathers and hardy people can join the locals taking a dip. Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the youngest towns in Greenland and, along with Qaanaaq, the most isolated. It was established in 1925 partly to expand seal hunting opportunities. This area has been known for the excellent hunting opportunities for seals, walruses and polar bears. Population: 452