Welcome to Ilulissat
Ilulissat is Greenland’s most famous town, and when you get here, you will understand why. This thriving town is located at Ilulissat Ice Fjord, the first place in Greenland to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A lot has been written about Ilulissat over the years and understandably. The area has been inhabited for 4,000 years due to the unique fishing and hunting opportunities created by the impressive Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The Ice Fjord is the focal point for your stay in the town, but also general life here. Not only is it unbelievably beautiful, but you find wide-ranging wildlife with lots of fish, seals, birds, and whales. And let’s not forget about the sled dogs!
The icebergs in the fjord are visible from almost anywhere in the town. They come all the way from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq. Sermeq Kujalleq is the largest glacier in the northern hemisphere and at the same time, one of the fastest glaciers in the world. With its speed of 130 feet a day it is Greenland’s fastest glacier.
There are more than 4.500 inhabitants in Ilulissat, which makes it Greenland’s third largest town. And then there are the sled dogs. Word has it, that there is a sled dog for each and every person in Ilulissat – today, however, this is not quite true anymore. But there still are about 2.500 sled dogs in the area.
If you get the opportunity to visit Ilulissat, look forward to meet a friendly and forthcoming community, where old traditions live side by side with modern society.
Ilulissat is very special
Can you imagine how it was for the early residents who came to the Sermermiut area at Ilulissat Ice Fjord 4,000 years ago? Were they equally captivated by the beauty of the area, or was it more the thought of food and, thereby, survival going through their heads? Whatever motives, the place has always been popular and rightly so.
Even when approaching Ilulissat, you will understand that this is something very special. As you fly north along the coast from Kangerlussuaq, you fly above the Disco Bay, and, eventually, you will see more and more and larger icebergs in the water (a piece of advice: try to get a seat on the right side of the airplane as you board Air Greenland’s Dash-8 aircraft in Kangerlussuaq).
The Ice Fjord is a fantastic sight, and if you look towards the head of the fjord, you might see Kangia Glacier, the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere.