Tasiilaq

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Introduction

Tasiilaq, or Ammassalikk, is in the centre of the east coast of Greenland. It is a village with a harbour surrounded by high mountains. In the village you can find hotel, restaurant, post office, bakery, book shop, museum and the helicopter station. In Tasiilaq are also Greenland filatelia and a hospital. The local people are still fisherman and hunters but lots of people also live by administration and service. The village was founded by Danish explorers in 1894 and called it Ammassalik, the place with lots of ammassats (small fish), the name of the area used by the locals farther south. The locals living in the area continued to call it Tasiilaq, the one that looks like a lake. As a consequence, the city was renamed Tasiilaq a few years ago. The municipality is still called Ammassalip Kummunia.

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Sights and Activities

You can book several iceberg watching boat tours (half a day or full day) with any of the hotels in town. The icebergs are everywhere, and going around them on a boat can provide some amazing views.

Boat tours are also available to a nearby abandoned village of Ikkatteq, usually combined with iceberg watching.

There are also helicopter tours to nearby glaciers, with or without landing on them.

And of course the best sightseeing is the one that you create for yourself. The best approach is to plan your hike around the island, and book the tours on your extra days, if you have any remaining.

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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 easiest way to travel to Tasiilaq is to fly from Reykjavik in Iceland. There are several aircompanies that fly to Kulusuk airport not far from Tasiilaq. From Kulusuk you can either take the local helicopter or try to find a local fisherman to take you by boat to Tasiilaq.

If you have booked your stay with a hotel or a campground, they will usually offer to pick you up at the Kulusuk airport with a boat. Otherwise, you can book your flight with Air Greenland.

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Getting Around

The town is small enough to get around it on foot. However, you will need to be in a good shape, as you will need to get up and down lots of hills the town is built on. Taxi service is also available.

To get to a different settlement (Kummiut, Isortoq or Sermimiligaq) you will need to find a local boat or book a helicopter.

Getting around the island is mostly on foot, and you can simply walk out of the town to start your adventure.

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Drink

There is a bar by the harbour.

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Sleep

Accommodation is very expensive, like everywhere in the Arctic. You can stay in The Red House hotel or Hotel Ammassalik, which are very comfortable and clean. Food is of exceptional quality in the hotel.

The Red House hotel also runs the nearby campground, right across from the heliport, which makes for a more affordable option.

Alternatively, you can stay with a local family, or rent a hut in Tasiilaq. The hotels can help you organize any of these.

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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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