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Nuuk on a budget

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

Traveling to the capital of Greenland doesn’t have to break the bank. While it’s true that costs in Greenland can be high, with the right strategies from our Nuuk travel guide on a budget, you can enjoy an affordable visit. Here are some essential tips for budget travel in Nuuk that include cheap eats Nuuk, affordable Nuuk accommodations, and even free things to do in Nuuk.


Brugseni is your go-to spot for budget shopping in Nuuk. As one of the three major grocery stores, with its signature red branding, Brugseni offers a wide range of products from groceries to outdoor wear and even furniture, all at reasonable prices. Located centrally, the large Brugseni store is ideal for visitors looking to stock up on necessities without overspending. If you’re in need of winter gear or fishing equipment during your stay, Brugseni has you covered.

Tip: For a budget-friendly dining option, check out the café on the top floor of Brugseni. It’s a popular spot among locals for enjoying affordable meals while people-watching.

Photo – Brugseni Facebook Page

Getting on the ocean

Exploring the ocean on a budget is possible in Nuuk. Though some fiord tours can be pricey, there are budget-friendly boat operators that offer ocean trips at a lower cost.

Tip: A boat trip is a quintessential Nuuk experience, offering breathtaking views and a chance to connect with nature.

Photo – Aningaaq R. Carlsen, Visit Greenland


If you’re staying in a place with a kitchen or kitchenette and you want to get some budget-friendly groceries then your best option is Akiki. The name literally means something along the lines of cheap goods, which lives up to according to Greenlandic standards.

Tip: get your favorite Icelandic chocolate-covered licorice goods at Akiki. They import a lot of groceries from our Nordic neighbors.

Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk

The Hunters Market

Near Colonial Harbour from HJ Rinksvej street, you can take a left turn and discover the local Hunters Market. This is where our incredibly skilled hunters and fishermen sell their freshly caught goods. You will find seasonal caribou, whale, seal, fish, and just about anything an Inuk heart (and stomach) desires. This is a perfect place to get fresh meat to prepare yourself. Shopping for your protein is affordable and THE most sustainable option for the environmentally aware consumer! The hunters don’t always speak English, so here are a few hunter-friendly words: caribou is tuttu (dud-du). Seal is puisi (bu-ee-see). Herring is eqaluk (e-kra-look).

Tip: Bring cash! (Danish kroner)

We hope that this helps you plan your trip to Nuuk on a budget! If you want to read about a couple of low cost activities, read this ‘guide to free activities in Nuuk.’


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