The ancient hunting culture of the Inuits still forms the basis for important livelihoods in Greenland, and is the backbone of Greenland culture. Tanning - the conservation of skin - is an old trade that has been practised for thousands of years. At Great Greenland many of the steps in the tanning process are automated, but the process still requires manual work and handling. The purpose of the process is to conserve the skin while keeping the look and feel that nature gave the skin.
Learn about furs and fashion
Great Greenland is the only tannery in the country. Most of the furs are exported, but some are sewn into fine fashion creations directly at the tannery. 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 lets private people bring in their polar bear, muskox and reindeer skin for professional tanning.