There are plenty of unique things to do in Nuuk, but one of my absolute favorite experiences was the Qooqqut Nuan tour called ‘Catch ’n Eat with Nuuk Water Taxi.
It was the tour I was kind of uncertain about what to expect, and it ended up being my favorite of the entire trip.
In this guide, you will find a review of my trip to Qooqqut Nuan, a restaurant a short boat ride from Nuuk, Greenland. It will also detail what it was like to go fishing in the Nuuk Fjord, as well as what to bring with you (and how to book this excursion).
Do you have any questions about booking a day trip to Qooqqut Nuan from Nuuk? Let me know in the comments.
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Nuuk Water Taxi’s Qooqqut Nuan Tour Overview
Duration: 6-7 hours
Meeting Point: Nuuk Harbor
Language: English, Danish, Greenlandic
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This tour is operated by Nuuk Water Taxi, the brilliant company behind almost every tour in Nuuk. The tour will include a boat ride through the huge Nuuk Fjord, where you’ll get to go fishing, Greenlandic-style!
Fishing is such a large industry and an important part of Greenlanders’ lives, and this tour will tell you all about that before you try your hands at doing a little fishing yourself.
After passing the famous Sermitsiaq Mountain, you will go further into the fjord, where you will stop at a few fishing spots. You will not be given your usual fishing pole and bait, but instead a traditional line and reel.
Once you catch a few fish, your boat will then head further into the fjord to Qooqqut Nuan, a 4-star restaurant where you will hand over your freshly caught fish to a skilled chef to prepare.
The chef showed us how to fillet the fish and explained to us the dishes he was going to prepare with our fish.
After you enjoy a delightful meal with your group, you will board the boat back to Nuuk.
My Experience on the Nuuk Catch ‘n Eat Tour
I didn’t book this tour until the night before, and I was regretting booking it because I was not too keen on fishing. However, once I stepped onto the boat, I instantly knew that this would end up being my favorite tour of the ones I booked (and it was).
The tour takes up a large portion of the day, but it is so worth it. We hopped on our yellow Nuuk Water Taxi and made our way to Qooqqut, a Greenlandic village that is home to Qooqqut Nuan.
We sailed past icebergs and beautiful views throughout the entire journey, and it was hard to stay inside the boat!
We finally arrived at our first fishing spot, near a waterfall, and were handed our reels. Groups of two were formed, and we were given a demonstration about how to fish this way. I thought for sure this would be a huge fail, and we would leave without any fish.
Boy, was I wrong! Fish after fish after fish. It was insane. It is always like this. The two fish in the area are cod and redfish.
The redfish chill out deeper in the water and are more difficult to catch because the cod (which sit higher in the water) sacrifice themselves before the line even gets down to the redfish.
We must have caught 25+ fish as a group. Probably more. It turns out we were not feeding only ourselves, but we were giving the restaurant some fish for other customers. After another stop, we went to Qooqqut village, deep inside the fjord.
Once we arrived, we were allowed to wander the area a bit before hiking the short path to Qoqquut Nuan, the restaurant hosting us.
The restaurant was rammed! There were locals there, and some extremely loud Danes were partying.
The chef gave us a personal demonstration of how to fillet fish, and he even measured each fish to give us its approximate age.
The redfish were far older than the cod, since they kind of just hung out at the bottom of the ocean. It was pretty interesting to learn about these two fish and how they are used in the cuisine and everyday lives of Greenlanders.
The dishes came out to us and were a mixture of Asian fusion and international dishes. All were very delicious!
After eating, we made our way back to the boat and sailed our way back to Nuuk.
Catch ‘n Eat Qooqqut Nuan Tour FAQ
Can everyone take this tour?
The Catch ‘n Eat tour is mostly for everyone, but unfortunately, those with mobility issues or in wheelchairs cannot participate. The boat was not wheelchair accessible, and once you get off of the boat in Qooqqut, there is a short, unpaved trail up to the restaurant.
If you get seasick, this tour is pretty smooth, and it goes inland quite a bit. But do bring Dramamine with you in case the sea ends up unexpectedly rough.
Is there a toilet on the Nuuk Water Taxi boat?
Yes! Regardless of the size of your boat that day (which will depend on booking numbers), your boat will have a toilet.
Do you need a credit card for Qooqqut Nuan?
The food that you catch will be free once cooked, but any alcoholic drinks you wish to enjoy will need to be purchased.
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Qooqqut Nuan took credit cards, but there was a disclaimer on the menu stating they didn’t, as someone seemed to have left it behind when they had an outage that was able to process cards.
If you have some cash, however, I would bring it with you just in case.
What are the start times for the Qooqqut Nuan tour?
It depends on numbers. Right now, Nuuk tourism is in the development stages and requires a bit of flexibility and patience on your behalf! The usual start times are 9am, 3pm, and 3:30pm.
Just wait for confirmation from them, and they will instruct you further. I would, however, opt for a morning tour so you can free up the rest of your day and perhaps take an evening puffin or whale-watching tour.
What should I bring with me?
Warm clothes! You will be standing outside doing the fishing, and your hands will get a bit cold. They will give you gloves, but if you’re not doing the fishing (and your partner is doing it), you will want to keep your gloves on.
If you get seasick, bring Dramamine. However, the Nuuk Fjord is pretty smooth and glassy, and I never saw a single person get sick on any of my tours there. But, better safe than sorry!
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Megan is a travel blogger and writer with a background in digital marketing. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now splits her time between Frankfurt, Germany and Arctic Finland after also living in Norway, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. She has a passion for winter travel, as well as the Nordic countries, but you can also find her eating her way through Italy, perusing perfume stores in Paris, or taking road trips through the USA. Megan has written for or been featured by National Geographic, Forbes, Lonely Planet, the New York Times, and more. She co-authored Fodor’s Travel ‘Essential Norway’ and has visited 45 US states and 100+ countries.