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Introduction

Sisimiut, formerly known by its colonial name Holsteinsborg, is the capital and largest city of the Qeqqata municipality, and the second-largest city in Greenland. It is located in central-western Greenland, on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately 320 kilometres north of Nuuk. Sisimiut is the largest business center north of the national capital of Nuuk and is one of the fastest growing cities in Greenland. Fishing is the principal industry in Sisimiut, although the town has a growing industrial base.

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Sights and Activities

  • Taseralik (Cultural center), Postbox 3083, ☎ +299 862800. Sisimiut cultural center. It hosts a café, internet café, cinema, theatre/concert hall and conference room. It also has changing art on display, typically by contemporary greenlandic artists.
  • Sisimiut Museum, Jukkorsuup aqq. 7 Postbox 308, ☎ +299 86 25 50.

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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.
  • The Arctic Circle Race is one of the world’s toughest cross-country skiing races, held in Sisimiut every year.
  • 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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Weather

Sisimiut lies within the polar climate region, belonging to the E group of the Köppen climate classification. The average high temperature is 10 °C or lower throughout the year. The coldest months on average are February and March which have average highs of -10.2 °C and -10.1 °C respectively. The warmest months are July and August which have average highs of 9.8 °C and 9.3 °C respectively and are the only months of the year in which the average lows are above 1 °C, both at 3.3 °C. Precipitation is very low in Sisimiut, with the greatest amount of rainfall occurring in the second half of the year, between July and December, with August and September being the wettest months. The sea winds from Davis Strait moderate the climate, with the area known for its fogs. Sisimiut has Midnight sun from June 3 to July 9, but there is no true polar night in winter time.

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Getting There

By Plane

Sisimiut has a small airport to where Air Greenland operates flights from Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk daily, several times a week also from Ilulissat, Maniitsoq and Aasiaat.

By Boat

For most of the year, Sisimiut is served twice-weekly by coastal ferries of Arctic Umiaq Line which link the communities of the western coast. There is also a weekly Royal Arctic Line ferry to Itilleq and Sarfannguit. Home to the first shipyard of Greenland dating from 1931, the port also handles more than 50 cruise liners per year.

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Getting Around

Since the distances are very small, everything is walkable. However, a bus runs every 20 minutes a loop through the town. The airport is reachable by taxi.

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Eat

Misigisaq, J. M. Jensen-ip aqq. ; P.O. Box 478, ☏ +299 86 38 88, +299 86 38 36.
Restaurant Nasaasaaq, Aqqusinersuaq 86, ☏ +299 86 48 40.

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Drink

Starlight.
Pub Raaja.

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Sleep

Hotel Sisimiut, Aqqusinersuaq 86, ☏ +299 86 48 40.

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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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