Get a behind-the-scenes look into a tannery that processes sealskins to produce exquisite furs, an industry with strong cultural ties to the indigenous Inuit people.
Enjoy a short walk from the pier to the Great Greenland Tannery, the country's sole tannery. Each year, the factory processes as many as 100,000 sealskins for a wide range of fur products and fashion accessories. The sealskins come from throughout Greenland, where seals are abundant and the indigenous Inuit people have hunted them for thousands of years, primarily for food. Hunters then send their surplus skins to the Great Greenland Tannery.
Touring the factory, you'll learn how seal hunting is integral to the Inuit way of life, both financially and culturally. You'll watch the sealskins (and perhaps even polar bear and polar fox skins) being processed and dyed step by step, many of them for export to Denmark. Other skins are kept at the tannery and sewn into a variety of clothing, including jackets, pants and shawls. Even smaller items, such as handbags and belts, are produced at the Great Greenland Tannery, so almost the entire sealskin is used. The merchandise, designed by two Greenlanders, is exquisite and sold in the tannery's fashion studio.
Following this eye-opening glimpse into an industry and culture not often fully understood by those who don't live in sub-arctic environments, you may either stay behind in town and further explore, or walk back to the pier on your own.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking/standing over mostly even surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a windbreaker or light jacket; sunglasses; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.