Visit Greenland Ilulissat
Visit Ilulissat Greenland
|Harbour of Ilulissat Western Greenland|
Ilulissat (Danish: Jakobshavn from founder Jakob Severin) is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in
Greenland, located approximately 200 km (120 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. With the population of 4,546 as of 2010, it is the third-largest settlement in Greenland, after
|Aurora Borealis around Ilulissat|
In direct translation, Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for "the icebergs". Ilulissat is Greenland's most popular tourist destination on account of its proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord. Tourism is now the town's principal industry.
Ilulissat is beautifully situated at the mouth of the 40-kilometre ice fjord filled with enormous icebergs produced by the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq.
Ilulissat Icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
What are Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis?
are North of the Arctic Circle, and in summer the sun shines 24 hours a day for later this year to turn black and leave the stage to the colorful northern lights
- Aurora Borealis.
|glacier at Ilulissat ice fjord|
The ice fjord and the glacier at Ilulissat make up a
world-class area of outstanding natural beauty, as a result of
which the fjord was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2004.
One thing is official lists, however, quite another is a wish list
of places that you love and would be happy to return to again and
again. Ilulissat and the surrounding region rich in ice also
feature high up on this list.
|Ilulissat ice fjord|
Thousands of visitors travel to Ilulissat every year in order to
satisfy themselves at first hand that this natural phenomenon is
indeed world class.
What makes the location so magnificent is Sermeq Kujalleq, the
biggest glacier and biggest ice stream outside Antarctica. Here
you'll find a very unusual ice flow, a huge ice fjord and enormous
The figures speak for themselves: the glacier is more than 3,000
km2 in area and calves about 40 cubic kilometres of
ice every year. The ice from the glaciers thus totally dominates
the sea in large parts of Disko Bay and in the sea west of
|Ilulissat west Greenland|
Just has to be experienced
However, facts and figures alone cannot account for what you
experience when visiting this place. It just has to be seen, heard,
smelt and felt - in other words, to be experienced!
With its enormous dimensions, distinctive beauty and
tranquillity, the fantastic ice landscape provokes a particular
mood, where you realise that all your everyday worries fade into
insignificance against the perspective of the centuries that have
gone by in the creation of this ice. Billions and billions of
snowflakes have fallen and been compressed into Greenland's Ice
Sheet, after which they've flowed together towards the ice fjord
and ended up calving and breaking off into large icebergs that
continue their journey out to sea.
|Ilulissat ice fjord|
These natural forces have been active for millennia, driven by
the sun, the weather systems and the force of gravity. It's
geophysics in a huge, large-scale laboratory lying at your feet as
you look out from the cliff.
The settlement at Sermermiut
Cultural remnants from the Eskimo culture can also be found at the
ice fjord. Just one kilometre outside Ilulissat at the end of the
Sermermiut valley lies the settlement of Sermermiut. The settlement
was inhabited until the middle of the 19th century and
contains traces of all three of the immigrant cultures that have
populated and continue to populate Greenland.
Here, among the ruins of turf houses and kitchen middens and
against a backdrop of icebergs, it isn't difficult to imagine life
as it's been played out over the millennia: On the sea the hunters
- family fathers - are making their way home from the hunt; round
about the turf houses children are playing with their toys, which
are miniature versions of the men's hunting tools; whilst the women
are flaying seals or making food.
Earlier generations preferred this place in the same way that it
continues to attract people from all over the world today.
World-class natural scenery!
The ice fjord and the glacier on the world heritage
The Icefjord (Kangia) and Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), along with the landscape and the surrounding region, were admitted
onto UNESCO's list of areas of world heritage in 2004 due to its glaciological characteristics and the beauty of its
Read more on the website of the
Icefjord Office of Ilulissat
Visit Ilulissat by Air
|Ilulissat airport destinations|
Ilulissat has an international airport located 2.8 km (1.7 mi) to the northeast of the town center. Built in 1983.
Ilulissat Airport serves Ilulissat, with connections to towns in northwestern, western Greenland and Reykjavik, Reykjavik Airport in Iceland.
Connections to Iceland, starts year-round from April 2011
Air Greenland operates further connections to domestic destinations.
Air Iceland operates flights to Iceland, connecting Ilulissat to other parts of the world.
Visit Ilulissat by Sea
Arctic Umiaq Line coastal ferry links Ilulissat with Sisimiut, Nuuk, and other towns and settlements on the western and southwestern coast of Greenland.
For most things in life, it is best to start with an overview, and the Ilulissat Icefjord is no different. This icefjord, one of the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a massive collection of icebergs that have calved from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier one by one. It is necessary to first get a bird’s eye view so you know exactly how grand of a scale the Ilulissat Icefjord has.
your first sight of the Ilulissat Icefjord will actually be from the window
of an airplane. It’s a nice view, but get an even better look by flightseeing
with a helicopter or fixed-wing plane.
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