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Introduction

Oqaatsut (old Danish name: Rodebay) is a coastal village in Western Greenland with 46 inhabitants as of 2010.

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Sights and Activities

Beautiful short and long hikes. During the season, the kayakers come from Ilulissat for a 4-5 hours tour at the southern bay of Oqaatsut, beautiful experience to kayak between the icebergs. You can also join them directly in Oqaatsut.

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Events and Festivals

  • The National Day of Greenland is held on the 21st of June each year - the lightest day of the year - as a celebration of Greenland's traditions and cultural heritage. People often dress in national costumes to mark the occasion.
  • Return of the Sun - January’s return of the sun after several weeks or months of constant darkness is a major cause for celebration in Greenland. Although the exact day varies throughout the country, each local community celebrates the occasion with plenty of coffee, sweets, music, and special family togetherness.

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Getting There

The local shipping line Diskoline provides regular services from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut, and further to Sarqaq, in summer months.

You can also charter a boat from Ilulissat.

The most beautiful is, of course, to hike to Oqaatsut. It is a beautiful, pleasant, track, takes some 5-7 hours. You can not get lost, just follow the coast line.

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Eat/Drink

All in all, the food in Rodebay is pretty bad, but they serve a rare Greenlandic microbrew there (you must have cash on hand to pay for the beer, oddly).

There is restaurant (H37), in a building of the earlier fish factory. It was run by a German couple, taken over by a nice Greenlandic couple in 2015. Excellent food.

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Sleep

There is a small, cozy hotel (Hotel Nordlys) with at least 4 rooms, clean, including breakfast, and a kind of a youth hostel, next to H37. I understand, there is even another bed & breakfast (as of 2017). The first and third can be booked through Booking.com.

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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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