|Brightly painted houses keep the cold winters from being so dreary.|
What makes this tiny town so special? The people of Paamiut, which is located on the southwestern corner of Greenland, are very friendly. When they spot tourists they are quick to share all the good spots in the region. Sightseeing in Paamiut is about appreciating the beauty in simple experiences--hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing.
|Famous church in Paamiut|
|This mural on the side of a building depicts the fishing lifestyle.|
Additionally, icebergs drift from the east coast and up the west coast bringing seals and a prosperous hunting season, and whales can be hunted on a quota system.
|Icebergs float in from the open sea.|
Often shrouded in fog, Paamuit means “those who reside at the mouth” of Kuannersoaq Fjord. Started as a trading post for fur and whale products when founded in 1742, Paamuit has become known for its soapstone artists, too. The town is a mixture of old and new cultures and provides amazing nature experiences for those with a different perspective of life than more urban folks.
|Summer flowers brighten the simple landscape in town.|
|The Inuit culture has a long history of whaling.|
|The green building behind the bridge is the school.|
|We trekked to the observation tower.|
Despite a brisk wind at the top, we had excellent views of the entire town’s streets and buildings in one direction and the fjord in the other. Colorfully painted houses stood out in a toy-city panorama against volcanically formed, blue-black mountains. We felt we had discovered a hidden treasure in Greenland.
|Volcanic rock surrounds the fjord where Paamiut is located.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier