PHOTO GALLERY: Greenland Towns & Settlements

Here is a one stop shop for town photos of every town and settlement I have visited, plus some quick facts! The order is clockwise, starting with East Greenland and finishing with North Greenland.

Sources: Wikipedia for coordinates… bank.stat.gl for population statistics 

Greenland // 2012 Population: 56,749 (Combined Greenland-born and other)

Greenland // 2022 Projected Population: 56,755 (Combined Greenland-born and other) // 2032 Projected Population: 56,184 (” “) // 2040 Projected Population: 55,386 (” “)

Tasiilaq // 65*N 37*W // 2012 Population: 2,004 (Town) // Photos date: 24-26 April 2013

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Kulusuk // 65*N 37*W // 2012 Population: 280 (Settlement) // Photo date: 28 April 2013

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Qaqortoq // 60*N 46*W // 2012 Population: 3,297 (Town) // Photo date: No Photo

Narsaq // 60*N 46*W // 2012 Population: 1,581 (Town) // Photo date: 15 August 2012

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Arsuk // 61*N 48*W // 2012 Population: 128 (Settlement) // Photo date: 15-16 August 2012

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Paamiut // 61*N 49*W // 2012 Population: 1,568 (Town) // Photo date: 16 August 2012

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Qeqertarsuatsiaat // 63*N 50*W // 2012 Population: 196 (Settlement) // Photo date: 14-17 August 2012

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Kangeq // 64*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Ruins) // Photo date: 21 April 2013

See here for summer pictures and a fun story about my friend’s afternoon in Kangeq. Her summer trip there was considerably more pleasant than mine!

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Nuuk // 64*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 16,181 (Town) // Photo date: 1 June-12 August 2012, 11 June 2013

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Qoornoq // 64*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Summer settlement) // Photo date: 3 July 2012

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Maniitsoq // 65*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 2,715 (Town) // Photo date: 18 August 2012

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Kangaamiut // 65*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 351 (Settlement) // Photo date: 20 August 2012

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Sisimiut // 66*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 5,571 (Town) // Photo date: 18 August 2012

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Kangerlussuaq // 67*N 50*W // 2012 Population: 513 (Settlement) // Photo date: 8-13 March 2013

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Aasiaat // 68*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 3,146 (Town) // Photo date: 19 August 2012

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Ilimanaq // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 61 (Settlement) // Photo date: 8 April 2013, 11 June 2013

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Ilulissat // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 4,621 (Town) // Photo date: 27 June 2012, 26 March-10 April 2013

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Oqaatsut // 69*N 51*W // 2012 Population: 50 (Settlement) // Photo date: 30 June 2012, 11 June 2013

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Qullissat // 70*N 53*W // 2012 Population: 0 (Abandoned) // Photo date: 24 June 2012

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Qaarsut // 70*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 171 (Settlement) // Photo date: No Photo

Uummannaq // 70*N 52*W // 2012 Population: 1,280 (Town) // Photo date: 22 June 2012, 5-6 June 2013

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7 thoughts on “PHOTO GALLERY: Greenland Towns & Settlements

    • Oqaatsut is one of my 2 favorite small settlements!! It’s a good vibe there. If you get up to Ilulissat in summertime, it is really nice to do a day in Oqaatsut! I recommend sailing there, eating lunch at H8, and then walking back to Ilulissat – approximately 25 km. I did it in Summer 2012, and it took right around 5 hours. Even better to finish off the day with a well-deserved dinner at Hotel Arctic!!

  1. Beautiful photos! I stumbled across your site doing some research on Qeqertarsuatsiaat. I’ve read that the locals sell rough rubies from the hills there– do you recall seeing anything like that?

    • Kristin, thanks for your comment! I find it very interesting that you are looking into Qeqertarsuatsiaat – can I ask how this settlement came to your radar?

      I have been to Qeqertarsuatsiaat myself once back in 2012. There ARE locals who hunt for rubies there, and there was even a man who had a very fine shop where he cut the rocks, polished the stones, etc. and even sold them to tourists when they came through on Sarfaq Ittuk, the coastal ferry. In fact, you can see that I mention him in #4 on my Greenland Wish List post: https://2kalaallitnunaatigo.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/my-greenland-wishlist/.

      I have also heard that a local company in Nuuk called Arctic Boat Charter (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arctic-Boat-Charter-ABC/205725429462507) has created bespoke tours for people interested in visiting mineral sites. However, tourists are not allowed to remove raw materials from Greenland.

      I hope this answer helps you, and feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have!

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