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Introduction

Ilulissat

Ilulissat

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Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn is the largest city in the municipality Qaasuitsup (Greenlandic: Qaasuitsup Kommunia) and the third largest in Greenland with about 4,500 inhabitants. Located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in the Disco Bay, at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, the city is Greenland's most popular tourist destination and a perfect starting point for many excursions.

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Sights and Activities

Ilulissat Icefjord

Ilullisat Icefjord

Ilullisat Icefjord

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The Ilulissat Icefjord is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of a few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. It has assumed great importance, due to increasing concerns around climate change. The ice fjord is located on the west coast of Greenland about 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. The Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 metres per day!) and most active glaciers in the world. The glacier has been studied for more than 250 years and this has helped to develop the understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. This natural phenomenon is an absolute highlight of Greenland.

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Getting There

By Plane

Ilulissat Airport (JAV) offers flights with Air Greenland to/from Kangerlussuaq, Qaanaaq, Qaarsut, Sisimiut, Upernavik and seasonally to/from Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq, Ilimanaq, Qeqertaq and Saqqaq.
Air Iceland flies to/from Reykjavik.

By Boat

The Arctic Umiaq ferry links Ilulissat with Sisimiut, Nuuk, and other towns and settlements on the western and southwestern coast of Greenland.

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Getting Around

You can walk around, or get a cab, if you're going to or from the airport, which is located a bit out of town. However, most hotels will pick up and drop off guests at the airport. The Hotel Arctic, which is furthest from the center of town, offers regular van service to the city center (although it's only a 20 minute walk should you prefer to go on foot.)

Watch for dogsled yield signs. Dogs are kept in many places around town, and sleds have right-of-way. They are fast and quiet, with dogs fanning out in front each on individual ropes. Pedestrians and vehicles both must beware.

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Sleep

  • Hotel Arctic
  • Hotel Icefjord
  • Hotel Avannaa
  • Hotel Cab-Inn
  • Hotel Hvide Falk
  • Ilulissat Youth Hostel

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Keep Connected

Internet

Thanks to undersea fiber optic cable links to Europe and broadband satellite, Greenland is well connected with 93% of the population having internet access. Your hotel or hosts (if staying in a guesthouse or private home) will likely have wifi or an internet connected PC, and all settlements have an internet cafe or some location with public wifi. Ask around if you need help finding it.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Greenland is 299.

Tele Greenland is the only telephone and internet provider. Mobile phones have coverage in all larger villages, including 3G internet access. The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800, and with the exception of one or two settlements the system covers all the inhabited areas of Greenland. Note that roaming charges are international (as Greenland is outside the EU), and much higher than someone from EU would pay inside EU.

Post

Post Greenland is the company responsible for postal service in Greenland. It has reliable services, but as you might imagine, it takes a while for your letter or postcard to arrive. Post offices can be found in all major communities in Greenland. Business hours are typically Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Mail from Greenland takes about four to five days to reach Europe.

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