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Introduction

Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, in northern Greenland is one of the world's northernmost civilian settlements, topped only by the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen (Svalbard) and a few military bases. Getting here will be a challenge, as permits may be required for use of the nearby Thule Airbase, under US control.

The alternative name for this settlement is Thule, a name still used by the nearby airbase. The word comes from the Latin "Ultima Thule", meaning the far North land.

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Sights and Activities

Qanaaq Museum, 299 971473. Features paintings, sculptures, carvings and photographs from the historic Thule trading station.

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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

Air Greenland flies twice per week from Upernavik, which has flights from Ilulissat. These flights are very expensive.

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Getting Around

The town's pretty small, and you should be able to get around it on foot.

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Sleep

Hotel Qaanaaq, ☏ +299-971234, ✉ hotelqaanaaq@gmail.com. Only hotel in town, has a handful of no-frill rooms and shared bathroom. If fully booked they can help out with arranging other accommodation. Boasts its own small restaurant serving up both lunch and dinner.

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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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