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East Greenland | Facts about East Greenland

The word „Tunu“ translates into „backside“ and is used by Greenlanders to describe East Greenland. This part is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Greenland and many who have travelled the world are certain that this might be the most beautiful place on earth. Not many places on earth are as remote and pristine as this one. The 2.700 km stretch of the east coast includes the world’s largest national park and three bays with a total of 5.000 inhabitants.

In fact, East Greenland is gorgeous, rough and remote in this way, since it is not visited by many tourists. It is the perfect place for the ones who love to experience high-end unspoiled nature.

“I have traveled the whole world, crossed the continental ice sheet, climbed mountains in Argentina and have seen fantastic nature – but absolutely nothing compares to what I have experienced in East Greenland.”
Anne-Mette Nørregaard, Member of Women Adventurers’ Club, Denmark

East Greenland distinguishes itself remarkably from the western coast of Greenland in terms of numbers of coves, visitor numbers and the nature as such. Eastern Greenland will impress you with enormous glaciers, the continental ice as well as the ragged and steep terrain which comprises the deep fjords. East Greenland is actually more alpine and rough in comparison to the rest of Greenland.

King Oscar Fiord in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

How to get to East Greenland

Typically you would reach East Greenland from Iceland. Starting from Reykjavik, you would fly to Kulusuk and take the helicopter further to the beautiful town of Tasiilaq – also known by the name of Angmassalik (Ammassalik). From this town you can enjoy a marvelous view on the Ammassalik fjord. Many of our guests decide on a combination of Reykjavik and either a tour to Kulusuk or Tasiilaq – or both.

The People of East Greenland 

East Greenland is one of the least populated areas in Greenland, besides the national park area and northern Greenland near Thule. When compared to the rest of Greenland, the people of East Greenland are living more isolated, which further leads to a limited flow of visitors. Less than 3.500 inhabitants are spread out on a coastal stretch of 2.700 km.

East Greenland has five settlements and two towns. Tasiilaq and Ittoqqortomiit (Scoresbysund) are the two towns, whereby Tasiilaq is the bigger one in size with approx. 2.000 inhabitants, of which only 250 live in Scoresbysund. The remaining inhabitants spread out on the five settlements in the following way:

  • Kulusuk (320 inhabitants) 
  • Kuummiut (400 inhabitants)
  • Tiniqilaaq (150 inhabitants)
  • Isortoq (70 inhabitants) 
  • Sermiligaaq (220 inhabitants)
Hiking in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

The Kulusuk Settlement in East Greenland

You can access East Greenland by Kulusuk Airport, as the picture below suggests. The Kulusuk settlement is situated at a small rocky island, which is almost always surrounded by icebergs and a glistening arctic sea. This place, which has about 320 inhabitants, presents you the opportunity to stay in some of the best situated hotels in Greenland. Hotel Kulusuk offers splendid views on the fjord, the mountains and the glaciers.

House in Eastgrønland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Tasiilaq in East Greenland

Not many places on earth can pride themselves with the arctic beauty that is spread out in the small town of Tasillaq with only 2.000 inhabitants. The town is also known by the name of Ammassalik (earlier Angmagssalik). It is situated on the stretch of the Kong Oscars harbor, surrounded by gigantic mountains and deep fjords, topped with a hinterland that invites to hiking and sailing trips. 

In Tasiilaq you may enjoy a stay in Hotel Angmagssalik, which will naturally win you over with its excellent location and stunning views. Participate in an arranged boat cruise to the fantastic Sermilik fjord, where Greenland’s second-most-productive glacier fills the bay with icebergs (The Ilulissat ice fjord in the disco bay at the west coast of Greenland is the most productive glacier in Greenland). This is an indescribable experience. Additionally you can take a boat excursion to one of the tremendous glacier cliffs in the area.

Tasiilaq in Eastgrønland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Flower Fields in East Greenland

The hinterland of Tasiilaq presents the flower field, which is an outstandingly magnificent valley that surprises with impressive arctic flora. If you enjoy hiking, you will have found your place in the flower fields – easy-access and no need for knowledge of maps and compasses.

The Flower Valley in Tasiilaq in Eastgrønland
Photo: Erwin Reinthaler

The world’s biggest national park - East Greenland National Park

East Greenland includes the world’s largest and probably least visited national park of the world at once. The national park is difficult to access and requires transportation per dog sleigh, kayak or ship – following the style of the elite Danish navy unit, the Sirius Sled Patrol. In cooperation with Hurtigruten, we are happy to present you the popular Explorer Tours, which among other points include the visitation of the national park. 

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