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Facts about Ilulissat

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Ilulissat is located in the Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland, approx. 300 km. north of the Arctic Circle. When arriving in Greenland, an intermediate landing in Kangerlussuaq will be necessary. Another option of arrival to Ilulissat is to sail with one of the local passenger ships.
The location of Ilulissat implies that there is midnight sun from the 21 of May to the 24 of July. On the other hand there is total darkness from 26 of November until 13 of January.
The area

The Ilulissat municipality covers 47,000 km2. However, a considerable part of this area is covered by the ice cap. Ilulissat is beautifully situated at the mouth of the 40-kilometres long Kangia Icefjord, which is packed with enormous icebergs calved by the most productive glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, in the Northern Hemisphere. 5,000 inhabitants live in Ilulissat and almost equally as many sledge dogs! Ilulissat, a modern industrial city, is the third-largest town in Greenland. The harbour is filled with fishing vessels and trawlers which show the great importance of fishing. Just south of the town is the lush Sermermiut valley situated right by the Kangia Icefjord. The view over Kangia Icefjord is an aesthetic pleasure to the eye. The gigantic icebergs by the mouth of the fiord are visible from practically all corners of town.
The vegetation in the area consists of arctic nature, which means low bushes, brushwood, moss and lichen. In the autumn it is possible to find eatable mushrooms. The Artic nature is extremely delicate and therefore we encourage our guests to take good care of the nature and not pick up or bring along flowers etc. from the area.
Sights of interest

- Sermermiut Valley, south of town, where different Inuit cultures have settled during human occupation in Greenland
- Eqi — the calving glacier 80 km. north of Ilulissat with a possibility of staying overnight at Ice Camp Eqi
- The small settlement of Ilimanaq just south of the Kangia Icefjord inhabited by approximately 90 inhabitants
- Kangia Icefjord, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004
- Ilulissat; visit the town museum, the beautiful Zion Church, the art museum and the local fish market — “Brættet", where local hunters sell their catch such as seal -, whale - and reindeer meat etc.
- Disko Island; visit the town Qeqertarsuaq and the Lyngmark Glacier and go on a dog sledge trip in the summer (mid-august depending on the weather and snow conditions)
- Loads of excursion possibilities — e.g. boat trips, sledge dog feedings, long-line fishing and helicopter flights with a view of the UNESCO area
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