Permanent Exhibitions

Nanoq’s permanent exhibitions include the bottom and upper floors of the museum building, as well as the other houses in the museum area.

The ground floor of the museum building

 The first thing you see when you enter the museum building is Nanoq’s own polar bear. It is a young female of 6-7 years, weighing about 450 kg. Compared to a male, which can be up to 800 kg, this is a rather small polar bear. 

Downstairs there is also a unique collection of soapstone sculptures made by Inuites in Arctic Canada. The Inuites’ sculptures often describe their catch culture and everyday life, as well as depict Arctic animals and sagoväsen. 



During Pentti Kronqvists travels to northern Greenland, he has collected objects and stories from the Thule-inuites. These are now exhibited in the ground floor of the museum building. The exhibition consists of clothes, trapping or hunting equipment and everyday objects.

Pentti has also documented the shamanism, and objects such as the shaman drum (picture to the right) are included in the exhibition. 




Over time, the museum’s exhibitions have grown, and nowadays there are also exhibitions of peoples from areas other than northern Greenland. For example, the museum has an exhibition about the Nenets people in Siberia.






Upper floor of the museum building

NordenskioldOn the upper floor you get acquainted with the biggest polar explorers of the 20th century. You will hear exciting stories about dangerous adventures in the Arctic cold.

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld led a series of expeditions to the region around the North Pole. He was the first man who managed to sail through the Northeast Passage, and explored unfamiliar areas, e.g. along the north coast of Siberia.


The Norwegian Roald Amundsen dreamed of becoming the first man to reach the North Pole, but the American Robert Peary made it there before him. Now the South Pole remained. The Englishman Robert F. Scott was at the same time preparing for his journey to the South Pole – now he was challenged by Amundsen.
The race had begun. The fight would be dramatic and end in a tragedy.





Swedish engineer Salomon August Andrée performed one of the first attempts to reach the North Pole year 1897 – in a hot air balloon. It was going to be a historic triumph, an glorious Swedish feat, but it ended in tragedy. Already after 65 hours and 33 minutes the balloon “the Eagle” crash landed on the ice. For the three men, Andrée, Strindberg and Fraenkel, remained only to try to return to land by foot. An endless hike over treacherous glaciers.



 On the upper floor there is also an extensive exhibition on hunting in the Arctic. There are objects from North Greenland, Svalbard and Siberia. The exhibitions are both about hunting peoples and commercial hunting.