Kaffemik

The tours start at Tupilaks office. From here, you will, together with the guide, walk towards the home of the local family, where coffee, tea and homemade cake will be served. The local family speaks English and will tell about life in Greenland today and in the past.

  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Minimum 4 people
  • Season: All year
  • DKK 250,- per person

 

What is Kaffemik?

‘Kaffemik’ is held on special occasions suc as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc. If one is invited it is impolite not to come although one usually stays only a short time to visit. Upon entering the host’s home, one leaves over clothes and boots in the entrance way, gives a gift to the one(s) to be hounored and is then sowm to the dinig table. Should there be no available seat immediately, one waits politely. Coffee, tea and cakes are served. It is usual to say ‘Thank you’ to two cups of coffee or tea but no more, to ensure that there is enough to go around, which, in small settlements, includes the intire population!

When more guests arrive (who will also need a place to sit) and after your two cups of coffee ans cake, place your cup and saucer on top of your cake dish, rise from the tablr and say ‘Qujanaq’ (Thank you) after which you sit on the sofa or leave. If the Kaffemik is for an especially important event a buffet of Greenlandic deliciacies is often lad out in the kitchen. It iscostumary to start there before sitting at the table with deserts. With regard to the nature of the gift offered it is best to ask locally because customs vary.

Also, from place to placethe conversation varies quite a bit. Europeans are ofetn taken aback by the long periods of silence. In some cultures long pauses in conversations can seem embarassing, but in Greenland one can sit for long streches just being together without exchanging words. However, Loud laghter often accompanies funny anecodotes