Greenland’s National Day was celebrated in Aalborg Zoo. More than 800 guests had attended the event at the Zoo, which for the occasion offered free admission to anyone with a relation to or an interest in Greenland.

The director of Aalborg Zoo, Henrik Johansen, told in his welcoming speech about the plans to develop part of the park to “Greenland”, where guests will be able to experience a Greenlandic settlement.

The director’s speech was followed by the mayor of Aalborg, Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, who in his speech talked about the close collaboration relationship between Greenland and Aalborg, as well as a few good anecdotes from his own recent delegation trip to Nuuk.

Søren Nielsen Stach, director of The Greenlandic House in Aalborg, also welcomed and wished everybody a happy National Day, followed by the Ikinngutigiit choir.

Greenland Travel stood for the entertainment. Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children invited to dance, while children could play at the large playground.

Aalborg Zoo also served a wide range of specialities in collaboration with Royal Greenland. The menu consisted of fish soup with melted glacier water from the ice fjord, smoked salmon and fish curry. Subsequently, guests had the option to have their own barbecue at the zoo.

It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to participate in such a nicely organised arrangement. The whole family was entertained and we are already planning to participate again next year” – says Emil Skjervedal.

The Greenlandic House in Aalborg has signed a cooparation agreement with Aalborg Zoo, which guarantees many more years with the national day being celebrated at the zoo.

Photo: Arctic Consensus