Wander along the coastal path between Qinngorput and Siorarsiorfik and enjoy the afternoon sun. Take a seat in the cable car and float to the top of the Ukkusissat mountain, or enjoy a day immersed in the spectacular nature of Kobbefjord (Seal Fjord). These are some of the options provided for by the new municipal development plan.

The municipal council feels strongly that Nuuk’s development should be more than merely new housing and commercial districts. It is also vital to allow for attractions that will make the city an even better place to live.

“That’s why we’re delighted with the plan to use coastal paths to connect the various urban districts. Areas will be more dynamic, making some of the city’s most stunning spaces more easily accessible,” says Malene Lynge, Chair of the Committee for Construction and Environment.

New district on the doorstep to nature

A lot of effort is being made to devise solutions that both connect the city and make it an attractive place to live and, not least, to visit. The coastal path is one option. Another is a new cable car, and the municipal development plan allows for this in Siorarsiorfik.

The idea is that the cable car will make it easier for residents and tourists to reach the recreational areas at the top of the Ukkusissat mountain. New pathways can be established, making the mountain top even more of a national icon.

On the whole, Siorarsiorfik will create new scope for getting out into nature. The new district opens onto Kobbefjord (Seal Fjord), providing lots of new opportunities for fishing, skiing, hiking and many other outdoor activities.

There are strings attached to a new airstrip

One of the main reasons for creating more attractions is the upcoming expansion of the airstrip. This will mean more tourists, but an extra kilometre of asphalt isn’t enough. The municipal council’s aim with this development plan is therefore to create new attractions and make room for new hotels and tourist facilities.

“There’s no doubt that the airstrip will create new potential for tourism in Nuuk, so we’ll obviously have to take a pro-active approach to development and create the right conditions to make us attractive to the outside world,” says Malene Lynge, Chair of the Committee for Construction and Environment.

A city of culture in the heart of nature

However, urban development is not just about tourists – with the influx of residents to Nuuk, it is important to make the city a pleasant and active place to live. It is essential to create recreational spaces that encourage residents to get out and exercise.

Another important element of the strategy for the capital is to attract more residents and reduce migration from Greenland. If this aim is to be a success, it is vital that housing, daycare and job opportunities are taken care of but also that there is plenty for people to do in their spare time. The city must set the stage for an active and social daily life, but, as a capital, Nuuk must have a distinct Arctic feel; it must be a city of culture in tune with nature.

“Nuuk must be an attractive place to live. A place people move to not from. So, we want to create stronger ties between the city and the stunning nature that surrounds us,” says Malene Lynge.