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Carved out of the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system, Scoresbysund, lies the picturesque town of Ittoqqortoormiit, formerly known as Scoresbysund in Danish. At 70°29’07″N 21°58’00″W, it nestles on Liverpool Land, east of Hurry Inlet near the mouth of the northern shore of the Kangertittivaq fjord, which empties into the Greenland Sea. Bordered by the vast National Park of Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit is the epitome of nature’s grandeur and solitude.
Facilities in Ittoqqortoormiit
- Supermarket, with post office, local bank office and petrol station
- Service house with shower
- Police station
- Fire station
- Petrol station
- Local tourist office
- Majoriaq’s Artshop
- Municipality office
- Community house
- Free-time facility for the youth
- Football field
- Sports hall
Ittoqqortoormiit town view.
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Ittoqqortoormiit Sunrise Local.
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Magnificent view over mountain range outside Ittoqqortoormiit.
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Ittoqqortoormiit during wonderful winter time.
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Rocky stream in Ittoqqortoormiit.
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View over Kangertittivaq from the schooner Activ.
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Mountain range in beautiful colours.
The natural bounty: scoresbysund.
Known for its abundant wildlife and fauna, Scoresbysund stretches over an area of around 38,000 square kilometres, offering an extraordinary landscape that is both serene and majestic. The fjord system is a testament to nature’s raw power and artistry, offering vistas that are humbling and awe-inspiring.
An Intimate Community
Despite its remote location, Ittoqqortoormiit is a lively settlement with a population of 353. Its residents, a resilient and vibrant community, breathe life into this remote corner of the world, making Ittoqqortoormiit much more than just a natural spectacle.
A Helistop: A Key Connection
Ittoqqortoormiit boasts a helistop, its primary connection with the outside world. This transport hub facilitates travel and supply routes, connecting the town with other parts of Greenland and beyond.
Essential Services and Infrastructure
For a town of its size, Ittoqqortoormiit possesses a remarkable range of facilities. From a church, a municipality office, and a community hall to a school and a kindergarten, it caters to the spiritual, administrative, communal, and educational needs of its inhabitants. The town also has a hospital, a police station, and a fire station, ensuring the well-being and safety of its residents. Additionally, a tourist office, a museum, a tank station, a sports hall, and a football field offer recreational and cultural opportunities to both residents and visitors alike.
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For those looking to explore the majestic landscapes surrounding Ittoqqortoormiit, Nanu Travel offers a gateway to Arctic adventures. From dog sledding across the frozen tundra to sailing the icy waters of the fjords, they provide an array of experiences that allow you to fully immerse in the wild, untouched beauty of East Greenland.
The Isolated Splendour
Ittoqqortoormiit, with its remote charm and breathtaking natural beauty, offers a unique glimpse into the heart of the Arctic wilderness. The town’s rich wildlife, vibrant community, and remarkable adaptability offer a fascinating study in resilience and coexistence. Here, at the edge of the habitable world, life thrives against the odds, testifying to the unyielding spirit of humanity and the enduring splendour of nature.
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Ittoqqortoormiit is a town in eastern Greenland, near the mouth of the Scoresby Sund fjord (in Greenlandic: Kangertittivaq). It is one of the most remote towns in Greenland, only accessible by helicopter or boat for a few months out of the year.
Ittoqqortoormiit was the administrative center of its homonymous municipality, which covered 235,000 km² (larger than the United Kingdom) along the Danish Strait and the Greenland Sea, until its integration into the Sermersooq municipality in January 2009. It has 366 inhabitants (in 2018). Noted for its fauna, which includes polar bears, musk oxen and seals.
The Danish name Scoresbysund derives from the name of the Scottish whaler William Scoresby, who was the first to chart the area in 1822. The Greenlandic name Ittoqqortoormiit means “the big house”.
When Greenland was settled, a settlement stream from which the Tunumiit emerged moved across the north coast to East Greenland and from there to the south. The area around Ittoqqortoormiit was therefore also temporarily inhabited and the remains of past settlements were later discovered in the area. In 1822 the British navigator William Scoresby mapped the area. The name of the fjord and thus the Danish name of the city go back to him.
First considerations for a new settlement
After the Danish colonization of the region around Ammassalik, the population there grew rapidly at the beginning of the 20th century. It became apparent that the hunting grounds there were no longer productive enough to feed all residents. In 1910, the doctor Alfred Bertelsen considered moving parts of the population to a new location for the first time. The following year, Harald Olrik (1883-1958), grandson of Christian Søren Marcus Olrik, who worked in the administration, issued a detailed plan in which the residents of Ammassalik were to be relocated far north, to the place where Ittoqqortoormiit is today lies. However, they showed no interest in Olrik’s plan, which was then temporarily forgotten.
In the following years, however, the Norwegian claims to the unpopulated parts of East Greenland, which were used by the Norwegians as fishing grounds, increased. Norway justified its claims with the fact that Greenland, along with the Faroe Islands and Iceland, had expressly gone to Denmark-Norway through the King’s Act of 1665. It was believed that when Norway was transferred to Sweden in the wake of the Peace of Kiel in 1814, the Norwegian claims to ownership of Greenland were not automatically lost. Furthermore, it was believed that Denmark could hardly achieve sovereignty over all of Greenland just by colonizing the inhabited west coast. Norway saw East Greenland as a no-man’s-land, to which they now made a well-founded claim.
In 1916 it was decided that Olrik’s plan should be carried out so that Denmark could have more colonized territory in East Greenland. Ejnar Mikkelsen was enthusiastic about the plan, having come up with the idea years earlier together with Iver Iversen, and worked with Harald Olrik on the implementation. The administration had no money left, however, as the focus was on fishing in West Greenland, and the First World War once again diverted attention from Olrik’s plan. When Denmark decided to sell its colony of Danish West Indies in the Caribbean to the United States in 1916, they also demanded recognition of the sovereignty granted by the USA over the entire island of Greenland. In 1920 it also received recognition from the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Japan. In 1921 this statement was also requested from Norway, which had previously only given it orally in 1919 in return for the Danish recognition of Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard. However, Norway refused to officially recognize Danish sovereignty over Greenland.
In April 1922, Ejnar Mikkelsen demanded in the newspaper Nationaltidende that the resettlement of the residents of Ammassalik to the north should finally be carried out. Now it was believed, however, that the Danish fishing industry by Det Østgrønlandske Kompagni in the region did not require any further legitimation of Denmark’s property claims. Finally, the director of the administration, Jens Daugaard-Jensen, agreed to consider expanding the colonization of East Greenland. However, Ejnar Mikkelsen and Harald Olrik were convinced that Jens Daugaard-Jensen’s decision had been made in advance, namely that the establishment of a new colony in East Greenland was out of the question because he had not let them participate in the deliberations. Both protested vehemently against Daugaard-Jensen, whom they, together with the Danish Ministry of the Interior, accused of sabotaging the plan, although the Folketing Finance Committee would probably approve the financing. Ultimately, Mikkelsen and Olrik fell out and the latter eventually got out, so that Ejnar Mikkelsen finally wanted to carry out the plan on his own.
The Greenland Convention
In the same year Norway announced the construction of the Myggbukta weather station in northeast Greenland, as Danish sovereignty over the area was still not recognized. The dispute over sovereignty in East Greenland flared up again, and after a legislative proposal was rejected in December 1922, a commission began negotiations between the two parties in September 1923. In early 1924 the De Ferslewske Blade newspaper, which Ejnar Mikkelsen had always supported, initiated the Scoresbysund Committee to push the plan through. The committee consisted of the hydrograph Carl Frederik Wandel, the newspaper’s co-owner and lawyer Carl Levin, the polar researcher Gustav Frederik Holm, who had already colonized Ammassalik, the historian Louis Bobé, the shipowner Christen Kraemer, the former Greenland inspector Ole Bendixen, the editor the newspaper Valdemar Galster and Ejnar Mikkelsen himself. The Danish Ministry of the Interior, the administration and Det Østgrønlandske Kompagni worked against Mikkelsen and the committee. The company had already sent the Teddy (ship) to the region in 1923.
In 1924, however, the Folketing Election also took place. With a change of government Thorvald Stauning was now at the head of the Danish government. He was part of the negotiations to clarify claims in East Greenland. Work was carried out on the Greenland Agreement, which allowed Norway to fish and Denmark to build the new settlement. However, neither party was willing to compromise and both Denmark and Norway were dissatisfied with the agreement. In addition, people in Greenland felt completely ignored, as Grønlands Landsråd had not been given a say. Ejnar Mikkelsen also harshly criticized the agreement. The general opinion was that Norway’s intensive fishing off the East Greenland coast was responsible for the decline in yields in Ammassalik, which is why they did not want to accept that Norway was allowed to continue fishing there. Norway, on the other hand, was convinced that Denmark would certainly not be allowed to establish a colony in Norwegian areas of interest. After all, they referred to the centuries-old royal law, according to which Norway was legally in possession of the area.
Stauning did not understand the coming agreement to mean that a colony should be established. The new interior minister, Christen Nielsen Hauge, finally convinced the finance committee that the colonization should not be financed. The Scoresbysund Committee now had to raise money on its own in order to carry out the plan. A little later, however, they rowed back because they wanted to prevent Norway from taking over the colonization of East Greenland, which according to the agreement would have been quite conceivable. The interior ministry, the administration and the committee got together and finally it was decided on June 17th that the colonization should be carried out according to the plans of the committee, although the interior ministry and the administration were not completely convinced. On July 1, negotiations on the Greenland Agreement were also concluded. In the summer, information was received that the Teddy had not reached its destination and had been destroyed in the Greenland ice. The Kompagni had lost her second ship and had to close.
The establishment of Ittoqqortoormiit
On July 10, 1924, the Grønland left Copenhagen to carry out the colonization. After a stopover in Iceland, they reached Scoresby Sund. The ship was badly damaged by ice, but four suitable spots were found, houses were built and six men hibernated there to start preparations for the construction of the new settlement. In addition to Ittoqqortoormiit, the nearby settlements of Uunarteq (Cape Tobin), Itterajivit (Cape Hope) and Ittoritteq (Cape Stewart) should be founded. 
Johan Petersen was then tasked with finding residents from Ammassalik who could be taken there. The population was not too enthusiastic about the planned relocation, but it should later show that it would be completely worthwhile. 85 men were finally on the Gustav Holm (new name of Grønland), which drove from Ammassalik to Ísafjörður, where the head catechist Sejer Abelsen was to be ordained pastor of the new place. In Iceland, however, 14 settlers died of the flu, so that Johan Petersen only reached Ittoqqortoormiit with 70 men. From then on he acted as the first colonial administrator of the place, in which the hunting yields were initially five times higher than in Ammassalik.
Elimination of the Norwegian claims
Norway continued to own the uninhabited areas of East Greenland. In 1931 Eirik Raudes Land was proclaimed north of Ittoqqortoormiit and Fridtjof Nansen’s Land south of Ammassalik in the following year. Both seizures ended on April 5, 1933 with an arbitration award from the Permanent International Court of Justice.
In 1934 the settlement of Kangersittuaq (Sydkap) was founded on the north bank of Hall Bredning and in 1944 the settlement of Kangikajik (Cape Brewster) on the south bank of Scoresby Sund. 
It was not until the 1960s that East Greenland, like the area around Qaanaaq, was fully integrated into the Greenlandic administrative structures. 
In 2005 the last resident left Itterajivit and in 2003 Uunarteq was left. At this point in time, the other settlements had not existed for decades. Since then, Ittoqqortoormiit has been the only inhabited place in the former municipality, apart from the staff at Nerlerit Inaat Airport.
In 2008, 9 polar bears were sighted, but in 2018 there were at least 21 polar bear incidents. The increase is attributed to the decline in polar ice in the wake of the climate crisis and the associated loss of habitat for these animals.
A large part of the population works in administration. Tourism also generates a certain economic output. There is a tourist office and a guest house for this purpose. Fishing and hunting play a rather subordinate role. Musk ox, rabbits, foxes, ringed seals, polar bears and whales are hunted. Cod are caught in a nearby polynya. Crab grebes, guillemots and kittiwakes are also hunted.
Infrastructure and supply
Due to the remoteness, the shipping traffic in Ittoqqortoormiit plays a less pronounced role. The Ittoqqortoormiit Heliport leads to Nerlerit Inaat Airport, 38 km to the north-west, from where you can fly to West Greenland and Iceland. There is some car traffic within the city. Other transport options are with dog sleds.
Nukissiorfiit is responsible for the electricity and water supply in Ittoqqortoormiit. Garbage is stored in the landfill and some of it is burned openly. There is no sewer system and a large part of the buildings is equipped with dry toilets. TELE Greenland is responsible for the telecommunications connection of the city. The residents are supplied with goods through a Pilersuisoq branch.
The students in Ittoqqortoormiit attend the Ejnar Mikkelsenip Aluarpia. You can also complete the preparatory exam. There is a day care center, an old people’s home, a hospital and a police station. There is also a service building, an assembly building, two kiosks, an office  and the Ittoqqortoormiit Museum, which is located in a 1930 building.
Hunters have lived for generations hunting whales and polar bears, which continues to be a very significant cultural and economic factor, as meat and other hunting by-products make up a very significant part of a family’s economy. However, the income obtained from trading these products is seasonal and variable. Ittoqqortoormiit has a large population of prawns and halibut nearby, but the presence of ice in the sea prevents the exploitation of these resources throughout the year, and as a result fishing has never developed extensively in the municipality. Tourism, on the other hand, is growing in importance.
Ittoqqortoormiit is by far the most remote place in Greenland. The closest inhabited place is Bolungarvík in Iceland, on the other side of the Denmark Strait, 484 km away. The closest town in Greenland is Sermiligaaq, 780 km to the southwest. Mestersvig, only 206 km north-northwest, is not a place in the same sense, but just a constantly manned small military base with a changing crew of four. The small town of Uunarteq, located just under eight kilometers to the south, has been deserted since 2004, and the town of Itterajivit, located 13 km to the west, since 2005. Ittoqqortoormiit is located on Rosenvinge Bay on the south coast of Liverpool Land, an area that is separated by the Hurry Inlet (Kangersaajiva ) in the south and the Carlsbergfjord (Kangerterajitta Itterterilaa) in the north from Jamesonland. The place is on the northern bank of the exit of Kangertittivaq (Scoresby Sund), the largest fjord system in the world.
Ittoqqortoormiit is the only civil and inhabited place in Greenland that is in a different time zone from UTC-1. The difference to most of Greenland (UTC-3) is two hours. Only part of the Northeast Greenland National Park (UTC) and the US Air Base Pituffik (UTC-4) also have different time zones.
Could You Live Here? (Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland)
Today I arrived in one of the world’s most remote villages, way out here on the rugged North Eastern shores of Greenland. It’s called Ittoqqortoormiit (say that 5 times fast) and it’s a fascinating place that feels like I’m on the moon!
Discover Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Discover with me: Ittoqqortoormiit, (Scoresbysund) Greenland, as part of my Arctic expedition, we visited this small town of the biggest island of the world. Territory of Denmark, a very different culture from us. You will see tha main streets, the museum, the school, the church, the grocery store and more.
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Spent couple of days in North east Greendland with local hunters.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Vores Skaber, som er perfect og der er Den Eneste, Der fortjener at blive tilbedt sagde (betydningen), ‘Enhver vil smage døden’ [Koranen 3:185]. Så skal vi ikke forberede os på den?
Vi muslimer tror at, Allah (Gud) er Vores Skaber. Der er intet som Ham. Han har intet barn. Han bliver ikke træt. Han ved alt, Han ser alt, Han hører alt.
Vi tror at, der er visdom bag alt, som Allah befalede os at gøre og alt, hvad Han forbød os at gøre.
Islam påbyder gode egenskaber som retfærdighed, sandfærdighed og tålmodighed.
Muslimer tror på alle Allahs profeter og budbringere som Moses, Jesus og den sidste, Muhammad (må Allahs fred og velsignelser være over ham) Koranen er Allahs ord og den er bevaret men Bibelen og Toraen, der findes i dag, er blevet ændret.
Uanset hvor længe vi lever, vil vi alle dø. Muslimen forbereder sig på livet i det Hinsidige. Allah acceptere ikke anden religion end Islam.
Den person, der hører om Islam i dens rigtige form, men derefter vælger vantro, vil gå til helvede og blive der for evigt.
Men den, der tror og gør gode gerninger, vil gå til paradis og blive der for evigt.
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Ittoqqortoormiit is a settlement in eastern Greenland known for its remoteness and its proximity to the Northeast Greenland National Park .
Understand [ edit ]
Ittoqqortoormiit has around 400 inhabitants. The area is very sparsely inhabited. There are no other settlements of over 200 inhabitants for around a thousand kilometres.
Get in [ edit ]
Cruise ships (expensive) come here during the summer. ( 70.483929 -21.96434 3 Port of Ittoqqortoormiit . )
Ittoqqortoormiit is not connected by road to any other settlements.
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The town is small enough to just walk around town.
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The town's nearest neighbour is the largest national park in the world . Don't venture too far, though, as the likelihood of rescuing you in an emergency drops exponentially the further you get from Ittoqqortoormiit. You need an expedition permit for any visit to the park.
- 70.485234 -21.967232 1 Church , Mikip Aqqulaa 519 . ( updated Nov 2023 )
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- 70.483894 -21.968193 1 Pilersuisoq , Jrnip Aqqulaa 123 . Groceries. ( updated Nov 2023 )
- 70.485334 -21.973176 2 Tourist Information Center and Gift Shop , Mikip Aqqulaa 519 . ( updated Nov 2023 )
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- Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse . ( updated Apr 2019 )
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There is mobile phone coverage around Ittoqqortoormiit and Nerlerit Inaat Airport. Greenland is not part of the EU, so roaming prices are much higher than in the EU. See also https://telepost.gl [dead link] and your telephone operator.
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A small settlement on Greenland’s rugged eastern coast, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most remote towns on the island and in the world
Getting away in Ittoqqortoormiit
The East Greenland town of Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the world’s most out-of-the-way settlements. Founded in 1925 by Danish explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen and roughly 80 Inuit, it is still largely inhabited by hunters who survive on polar bears , seals, Arctic foxes , whales, and walruses . Some residents of Ittoqqortoormiit now also work in the service sector.
Though the settlement is not particularly old, archeological findings in the area have suggested the area was once home to a dense population of Greenlandic Inuit.
Where Ittoqqortoormiit can be seen
Ittoqqortoormiit is located at 70°North on the central coast of East Greenland, putting it well within the Arctic Circle. Summers there are only two months long (June to July), during which we can sail into the nearby fjord system of Scoresby Sund .
Fjord sea ice comes back in October or November, at which point the area is closed to visitors, along with most other Arctic expedition cruise areas. But during the early and late summer, conditions sometimes make it possible to see the northern lights in this region.
Hunting musk oxen around Ittoqqortoormiit
As mentioned, many residents of Ittoqqortoormiit hunt for a living. Apart from the animals listed above, another prominent Arctic animal they hunt is the musk ox . Musk oxen are hunted twice per year, in March and August, and a license is required to hunt them. Hunters use speedboats in August and dogsleds in March.
Faces from the Scoresby Sund Exhibition
For those interested in a closer look at Inuit culture, the Faces from the Scoresby Sund Exhibition in Ittoqqortoormiit provides a great option.
This exhibition features a wide collection of intimate and moving Inuit portraits taken during the 1970s, granting visitors a closer look into the daily routines and hunting rituals of this indigenous Arctic people. The exhibition was created by Dutch biologist Ko de Korte, who took these photographs while finishing his doctoral thesis.
From August to October, Oceanwide Expeditions runs multiple Greenland trips that visit Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sund, and sometimes the Faces of the Scoresby Sund exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge but only by request. Please contact us for details.
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Weird Cities – The Ittoqqortoormiit Guide
I have made it a bit of a thing of mine to review out of the way and/or crap/weird cities. Well, it does not get much more off the grid than Ittoqqortoormiit . On the east coast of Greenland, very few live here and even fewer visit. Here’s the guide to everything you need to know about Ittoqqortoormiit.
How to get to Ittoqqortoormiit
I came by ship on tour with Young Pioneer Tours, but the weather was bad and we had to transfer by zodiac, which in itself did not prove all that easy. But we made it after all!
Other than that there’s a helipad.
Accommodation in Ittoqqortoormiit
There is one guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit, I saw it, I photographed it! But, it was not open, which was to prove a bit of a theme for our trip here.
What to see in Ittoqqortoormiit
There’s one tourist shop/travel agency that sells stuff made from endangered species. The locals obviously quite like killing polar bears too, and you will see many dead polar bears hanging outside people’s houses.
There’s a graveyard at the top of the hill, there’s a church that was closed on a Sunday, an art museum (also closed). Even when there is a cruise ship docked, people aren’t that bothered about making money.
What to eat in Ittoqqortoormiit
There’s literally one restaurant in town called Ivalos Grill. I assume it was a restaurant, anyway; as you might have guessed, it was closed.
In the tourist shop, a guy was handing out free musk-ox meat, although the shop in question didn’t actually sell any of the meat.
We found a local supermarket-type thing that was open, but the card reader didn’t work and they would not accept euro.
The nightlife of Ittoqqortoormiit
Apparently, Greenlanders drink like absolute fish, but I did not see much evidence of this! I guess it is all about the house parties in Ittoqqortoormiit!
Is it worth visiting Ittoqqortoormiit
I found visiting here one of the best travel experiences of my life, a little bit grim, but so fascinating to see people from one of the most isolated communities on earth just getting on with life.
Getting out of Ittoqqortoormiit
Exit by ship before the place gets frozen in for the winter. Alternatively, get on the chopper!
And that is the Street Food Guy’s guide to Ittoqqortoormiit!
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Nanu Travel is a tourist office and outfitter located in the remote high Arctic town of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland.
We are a small specialist company that is locally owned and uses local guides for unrivalled knowledge and to ensure money from your visit benefits the local economy.
If you wish to go dogsledding in Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit/Scoresby Sund is an excellent choice!
We offer dog sledding, kayaking, survival training, Arctic trophy hunting, Arctic expeditions, trips to see Arctic wildlife, and hiking trips. We can assist you in your tour planning, help you with rental gear and make your wildest expedition dreams come true.
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The Scenic Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, is one of the remotest places on Earth
Ittoqqortoormiit is the remotest place in the eastern part of Greenland, between the Northeast Greenland National Park and Scoresby Sund fjord. It is one of the remotest settlements on Earth, that remains frozen for around nine months in a year. The Greenlandic town, Ittoqqortoormiit, is so remote that it can be reached only by helicopter or cruise. The spectacular stretch of the earth is made up of pinkish-grey rocks, Wooden huts, painted in red, blue, green, and yellow, are scattered over the region. The town has a population of just about 452 people.
The term Ittoqqortoormiit means ‘Big-House Dwellers’. The isolated town was founded in 1925 by Danish polar explorer and author, Ejnar Mikkelsen. The Scoresby Sund fjord on the south of Ittoqqortoormiit, which is also the longest fjord complex in the world, is home to walruses, seals, polar bears, and narwals.
Ittoqqortoormiit is not quite like the other towns. For many guests, just getting to Ittoqqortoormiit is in itself an adventure, as the town is almost as far as one can get from any other inhabited area in Greenland. The closest neighbor is the world’s largest national park in a vast landscape dominated by small game, birds, polar bears, musk oxen, reindeer, walrus, and 18,000 kilometers of rugged, pathless coastline.
Furthermore, the city is right next to the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system, and a special basalt rock formation with horizontal lines running through the cliffs, is quite different from other parts of the country, marking the transition to the even more desolate area of Northeastern Greenland.
The town of Ittoqqortoormiit, positioned on the edge of the frozen sea, is the only inhabited piece of land on this desolately beautiful coastline south of Greenland National Park. Greenland’s population density is an unfathomable 0.0 people per square kilometer, and three-quarters of the 57,000 citizens live in Nuuk, the capital, which lies on the west coast.
Many adventure activities take place at Ittoqqortoormiit like mountaineering, dogsledding, and trophy hunting. The expedition tours at this place in sea kayaks and dog sledges are something that will Amaze you for a lifetime. The kayaks take the tourists close to the glaciers and the icebergs.
Hunting and fishing at sea are the only ways the community to survive in Ittoqqortoormiit. in addition, the sea ice is like a road providing new routes through the countryside. During early spring, when the sea ice is still thick yet the sun is high in the sky, many of the local people will go out for a weekend on dog sledding or snowmobile trips. Tent camps and camping life are common for a short tour. Spring is the best experience in this remote land.
This is also the time when the polar bears emerge from Greenland National Park, the biggest reserve on Earth and a freezing wilderness that hits minus 60 Celsius in winter. Although the effects of climate change are already making their mark. Polar bears traditionally steered clear of the town.
The Northern Lights experience
The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis is the most spectacular natural light event in the polar regions of the Earth that takes place due to the midnight sun, in the summer months. The isolated Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the best places in the world to see the beauty of the magical Aurora Borealis in full swing. Tourists can spend a night at a heated igloo in the North Pole.
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How to reach Ittoqqortoormiit
Tourists can take flights for visiting Ittoqqortoormiit. Fly to Akureyri, the whale-watching hub of Iceland, directly from any European capitals, or via Reykjavik. Then fly from Akureyri to Constable Point in Greenland. From there, a helicopter transfers the travelers to the remote town. People can also avail the sea route during the summer months when the water is not frozen.
Several cruise ships take halts at Ittoqqortoormiit during summer. The Vatna Glacier in Iceland is the largest ice cap in the country. The snow doesn’t melt until the end of May, making spring its longer days and this is the lovely time for the Ittoqqortoormiit tour.
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Arctic Wildlife Safari | 8 Days | Ittoqqortoormiit | East Greenland
Come along this journey to the remote and distant Ittoqqortoormiit nature, which is paired with dog sledding, snowmobiling and arctic wildlife scouting in the vast, wild and wonderful East Greenlandic nature. This tour is for anyone who loves Greenland, from the spectacular arctic creatures to the frozen tundra!
Situated on the east coast of Greenland, lies the small village in endless miles of Arctic Tundra.
The next 8 days will be spent with traveling through the arctic tundra, in the presence of various arctic wildlife. You will experience muskox’s, seals, polar bears and walruses in their na tural habitat, while the Inuit hunter escorting you, commands the direction of the journey.
Each adventure is planned in cooperation with the locals hunters, to maximize the possibility of spotting arctic wildlife. The hunters knows the lands, like the palms of their hands. They and their ancestors has used the lands for hunting and survival for hundreds of year - and are always aware of when and where to spot the large variety of wildlife.
The itinerary is described below.
Polar bears are not strangers to this part of the world – so meet the giant and come along this adventure! Check the booking availability and ‘’ Book Now ’’ your future adventure!
Today you depart with the morning flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri. In Akureyri you and your fellow explorers change to a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or King Air B200) to continue your journey to Greenland. Enroute to constable point, enjoy the peaky mountain tops and the Greenland Icecap.
After you arrive in Constable Point (Nerlerit Inaat) there is anot her adventurous and adrenaline rushing adventure waiting for you - a 15-minute helicopter flight to Ittoqqortoormiit village. Your guide Árni Valur will greet you in the village and transport you by snowmobile to your final destination of the day, Kap Tobin. In Kap Tobin you will stay for the duration of your visit in a privately owned house.
Enjoy the stay in the small village of Kap Tobin, that holds no permanent inhabitants except for during the spring months, when the hunters use the houses as a base for their daily hunting trips to the ice edge. The location offers superb views of the distant mountains in Scoresby Sund fjord.
From the house in Kap Tobin you are uniquely situated to observe t he hunters as they go about their daily routines - checking seal holes, or preparing to start a hunting trip. Being so close to the ice edge offers great opportunities to spot polar bears on their migration route further north along the coast. The hunters are always on the look out and so should you!
On this adventure you will venture on daily dogsledding trips, with a local Inuit hunter.
Dogsledding is an adored means of transportation, as the arctic tundra lets you and the sled reach almost in accessible places. The hunter will take you as close to the ice edge, as safety allows. But no matter how close you get, you are promised spectacular memories an d views of the East Greenlandic nature. The hunter will keep up with his main occupation as you travel along the frozen ice. Participate in the art of catching a seal (if this is acceptable to you).
Lay back and enjoy the sounds of the rhythmic dog paws, moving along the winter ice.
During your stay we will use snowmobiles as a means of transportation to explore the amazing Arctic nature. Snowmobiling lets you travel as fast as you can on the arctic frozen tundra. It is a great way of spotting polar bears - as you can escape fast, if the polar bears get to close to you and your fellow explorers. The snowmobiling tours will provide your need for adrenaline rushes and spice up your adventure!
Polar Bears are not strangers to this part of the world. When you decide to go off on your own, please let someone know about your program, and at all times carry signal flares when walking alone. They can be purchased at the local KNI store.
You will venture towards Cape Hope. Cape Hope is like traveling back in time, as the houses stands untouched and in complete silence. Cape hope is also known as Itterajivit, and the last inhabitant of the village, left in 2005. Furthermore the settlement was the last remaining settlement, outside Ittoqqortoormiit. Let the arctic winds slip through your hair , as you explore, experience and examine the abandoned houses.
Another destination you are going to explore is the Apuseq glacier. Venturing upon the glacier, is an adrenaline rushing experience. You will be walking on what was a former branch of the Greenland Icecap. When conquering the summit, you will be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the east coast and Liverpool land!
A village tour around Ittoqqortoormiit village, visit the museum and other places of interest and take the chance to observe the Inuit village at its daily routine.
Ittoqqortoormiit is famous for being the village at the end of the world, as it is the most northern town on the east coast. The locals of the town, are very chatty and always happy to help - if y ou have any questions or need help planning your day in Ittoqqortoormiit.
You will get the chance to taste local food, such as muskox, polar bear, walrus etc (type of meat depending on availability each time). With the greenlandic nature, you are never certain of anything, but it is promised that each wildlife taste, marvelous!
Today you return to Iceland, from your wildlife safari. Your inner explorer will be decorated with polar bears, seals, muskox, walruses and arctic foxes. You return the same way you came, as the mesmerizing surroundings never stops to impress.
- Flights from and return - Reykjavik via Akureyri to/from Constable Point
- Helicopter transport Constable Point – Ittoqqortoormiit & snowmobile transport back to airport
- 7 nights accommodation with full board in a privately owned house at Kap Tobin
- Activities and transportation as described in itinerary
- Private guide & cook during your stay
- Accommodation in Iceland with double room, including breakfast: 1 night before and 1 night after Greenland
- A single supplement of travelling alone
What to bring
Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service. We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
BOOK EARLY The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.
Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark). Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.
CANCELLATIONS All cancellations must be made via e-mail.
Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy
Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the “Terms & Conditions”.
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8 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in 2024
Posted: December 26, 2023 | Last updated: December 26, 2023
Usually, the Northern Lights can only be seen in countries that are part of the Arctic Circle, such as Norway, Finland, and Iceland. However, sometimes, stargazers in places as far afield as the U.S. get lucky enough to spot the aurora borealis . And in 2024, the spectacle will be the strongest it's been in the last 20 years—and visible from locations all over the world.
"According to solar activity patterns, now is also the best time to see the Northern Lights," says Matthew Valentine , head of U.S. sales at Havila Voyages . "Aurora borealis events are caused when geomagnetic storms on the sun pull on Earth's magnetic field, and this creates cosmic waves that launch electrons into the atmosphere to form the aurora. Naturally, there are high and low cycles of these solar disturbances, and 2023-2025 will be a period of peak solar activity."
Whether you go on a cruise, take a scenic train ride, or fly to a new state or country, you have plenty of options to witness this marvel while it's brightest through April. Keep reading to discover the best places to see the Northern Lights in 2024.
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No matter where you are in Norway, it's almost a guarantee that you'll be able to see the Northern Lights.
"Rich with outdoor adventure-filled experiences, like dogsledding, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking, Norway is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights," says Valentine.
However, experts suggest that one of the best ways to witness the phenomenon is on a cruise ship. The Havila Voyages Northern Lights Promise cruise travels around Norway for 12 days, while the Aurora Expeditions Northern Lights Explorer discovery voyage starts in Norway and also explores Greenland and Iceland over three weeks.
"While venturing along the Norwegian Coast in Norway, travelers will Zodiac cruise through spectacular Trollfjord, a gorge flanked by steep mountains, and so narrow that it can only be accessed by small ships," a spokesperson for Aurora Expeditions said. Travelers will also pass through Jan Mayen, home to the huge Beerenberg volcano, which is known as the world's northernmost active volcano.
Greenland is part of the Arctic Circle, so it makes sense that it's one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Kristen Czudak , the author behind Yonderlust Ramblings, specifically recommends Kangerlussuaq , a small town on the country's southwest coast, for peak displays.
"Greenland as a whole, and Kangerlussuaq in particular, have extremely low light pollution due to the small population, which is ideal for spotting the Northern Lights," says Czudak. To see them, you can simply look out your window or book a guided tour.
"There are far fewer crowds on Northern Lights tours in Greenland than there are in more well-known and easier-to-reach destinations, so you can have more of the experience to yourself," she adds.
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"There are many excellent viewpoints for the Northern Lights in the 'Land of Fire and Ice' between September and April," says Birgir Jónsson , CEO of PLAY Airlines . "Travelers can plan Northern Lights Tours from Reykjavik or relax and enjoy the show from a geothermal luxury spa at night." Laurie Hobbs , manager at Exodus Adventure Travels , shares that travelers can revel in the northern lights through exciting winter activities such as snowshoeing, dog sledding, and cross-country skiing.
Aurora Expeditions adds that, on their cruises, guests can "explore the Westfjords region, which features outstanding landscapes with sheer, table-top mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation." The cruises also stop at Hornstrandir peninsula, "one of Iceland's most remote and pristine regions," they say.
Alonso Marly , travel expert at Skylux Travel , notes that it's never a guarantee that you'll see the Northern Lights, so your best bet is to head as far north as possible. And in Finland, that means traveling to the Finnish Lapland in the very north of the Arctic Circle.
While here, Marly recommends admiring the lights from Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort , as they have glass igloos and cozy, romantic vibes.
"The resort also organizes Northern Lights hunting expeditions for those who prefer some more action and want to catch the lights while skiing or riding a reindeer sleigh," says Marly.
If you prefer relaxing, Finland has plenty of other Northern Lights-viewing options, from seaside villas to cozy cabins with large glass windows.
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Certain spots in northern Scotland are prime locations to see the Northern Lights, including Inverness. The historic city is the capital of the Scottish Highlands and offers "iconic castles, majestic mountains and unique wildlife, including the famous Loch Ness monster," according to Visit Scotland . Taylor Beal , owner and author of the travel blog Traverse With Taylor , says the lights have been shining every night this winter in these parts of Scotland. Other northern destinations she recommends are the Outer Hebrides or the Shetland Islands.
Seeing the Northern Lights doesn't always require a passport. Through April, they'll be visible from the northernmost parts of Michigan. Typically, areas in the upper peninsula offer better views, but the lower peninsula has been seeing the lights more often—thanks to the solar max Earth is currently experiencing.
"In Traverse City, visitors can spend the day tasting in the region's robust wine scene, exploring the cozy downtown, and exploring the beautiful natural landscapes and trails at places like Sleeping Bear Dunes , and by night catch a glimpse of the colorful lights," says Trevor Tkach , president at Traverse City Tourism . He also recommends going to Mission Point Lighthouse for a chance at spotting the display.
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Alaska is known for its long winters and dark days, which make it a great spot to catch the aurora borealis. Brittany Betts , a travel expert at SmokyMountains.com , suggests an overnight Alaskan train tour.
"The Alaska Railroad , specifically, has overnight railroad experiences that let you see the lights from a different perspective," says Betts. "You take off and hop out in different locations, spend the day doing wintery activities, and then catch the amazing views at night."
8 Jasper, Alberta, Canada
If you're planning on staying in North America to witness the Northern Lights, then heading up to Jasper in Alberta, Canada should be on your itinerary.
"Home to the second largest Dark Sky preserve in the world and due to its geographic location, Jasper National Park is an incredible place for world-class stargazing year-round, but also for seeing the aurora borealis," says Tyler Riopel , director of destination development at Tourism Jasper .
The lights are most likely to display between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. which is known as "magnetic midnight" by locals.
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