NANOK - Hochstetter station 1996NANOK - Hochstetter station 1996


The North-East Greenland Company NANOK is a private, non-profit organisation founded in 1992. The aim of NANOK is a.o. to disseminate knowledge of North-East Greenland and its culture history and to contribute in securing the cultural monuments and buildings in the area.

Nanok consists of a board of seven persons. These are: Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen (director), Jens Erik Schultz, Tommy Pedersen, Palle V. Norit, Søren Rysgaard, Fritz Ploug Nielsen and Jesper Mølbak Stentoft (treasurer). Accountant is Aka Lynge. Torben E. Jeppesen assists with material purchase. Nanok’s logistics centre is managed by Kristian Nevers. Besides the above mentioned, a number of individual persons – “Nanoks” – participate actively in the Nanok projects. All work in Nanok is voluntary and unpaid.

NANOK is not an association and we are not able to offer any membership. The few people needed for our expeditions are handpicked by the Board, and there is not any waiting list available. Unfortunately.

Each summer NANOK sends a crew of typically 6-10 persons divided on 2-3 teams to work in North-East Greenland for 3 to 5 weeks. In the years 1991-2017 a total of 169 NANOK'ers have been sent out to North-East Greenland. Every year NANOK publish a field report, which briefly describes, what we have accomplished during the summer. The reports are available online - see below.

NANOK's activities are financed by The Aage V. Jensens Foundations. The organisation is furthermore supported by a number of private contributors. Among NANOK's many, good partners are: Royal Arctic Line (RAL), Norlandair, Air Greenland, Greenland Self-Government, Greenland National Museum & Archives, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Sirius Dog Sledge Patrol, Defence Guard in Mestersvig and Station- and Patrolservice Greenland (SPG).

Since 1991 NANOK has restored more than 50 historic buildings and has for this effort gained considerable recognition from a.o. Greenland Home Rule and Greenland National Museum & Archives. Encouraged by Greenland Home Rule NANOK in 2003-2007 undertook a new survey of all cultural-historical cabins and stations in Northeast Greenland. The records were handed over free of charge to Greenland National Museum & Archives. A comprehensive material from the survey, including photos and GPS-data, was published in the book "North-East Greenland 1908-60. The Trapper Era" (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2008).

Building classification and current status

In December 2006 a workgroup, established in 2003 by the then Greenland Home Rule (today Self-Government), agreed upon a future classification of the old buildings in North-East Greenland (huts, stations and houses) - normally just called "huts". The classification, based on a proposal by NANOK, divides the huts into four different categories (A, B, C and D) in relation to maintenance. The classification was revised in 2012:

  • A) Protected. Must not be changed, but further decay must be met as decided by the Greenland National Museum & Archives. To be monitored. In all 10 locations.
  • B) Maintainable. Selected location well-suited for renovation and ongoing maintenance for recreational purposes. Maintenance may take place through agreement with NANOK. In all 100 locations.
  • C) No maintenance. Locations where no maintenance is performed. Included by general regulations of the area. In all 260 locations.
  • D) Manned station. Maintained by other institutions. In all 7 locations.

The current maintenance status of the old huts is available in Status hut chart North (2016) and Status hut chart South. (2016). Location marked with Red or Yellow dots may be expected to be usable (no guaranties given). Other locations marked with green or without marking (black) dots cannot be expected to be usable.   

Contact NANOK

If you wish to contact NANOK or have any questions regarding the old huts in North-East Greenland please e-mail.

NANOK field reports

Our field reports are available online below:

Field report 20175.32 MB
Field report 20161.58 MB
Field report 20151.06 MB
Field report 20141.09 MB
Field report 20131.09 MB
Field report 20121.04 MB
Field report 20111.51 MB
Field report 20101.09 MB
Field report 20091.04 MB
Field report 20081.39 MB
Field report 20071.76 MB
Field report 20062.82 MB
Field report 20052.13 MB
Field report 20042.51 MB
Field report 20032.07 MB
Field report 20022.77 MB
Field report 2001977.74 KB
Field report 2000752.51 KB
Field report 19991.34 MB