The ancient hunting culture of the Inuit’s remains important livelihoods in Greenland, and is the backbone of Greenland culture. Tanning, conservation of skin, is an old trade that has been done for thousands of years. At Great Greenland many of the steps in the tanning process are automated, by investment in machines and technical plants, but the process still demands manual work and handling. The purpose of the tanning process itself is to produce a tanned skin, but also to keep the look and feel that nature gave the skin. This is why Great Greenland is using the latest tanning processes when they are tanning the skins.
Learn about furs and fashion
Great Greenland is the only tannery in the country. Most of the furs are exported abroad, but some are sewn into fine fashion creations directly at the tannery. On this tour you will learn about the processes used to treat these beautiful furs. The tour includes a visit to the fashion design studios and the impressive fur storage rooms, with huge piles of sealskins and polar bear furs. This tour is much more than just seeing the tannery itself: your local guide will talk about seal hunting and the working conditions of today’s hunters. Great Greenland also tan skins other than sealskin at the tannery - private people can also bring in polar bear skin, muskox and reindeer skin, and are tanned by individual pricing depending on the type of skin, and the size.