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Introduction

Upernavik is home to the largest bird cliff, Apparsuit, and unique wildlife. Upernavik’s main industry is fishing. Local settlements are spread across the 450km coastline. The sea is frozen from December to June so the halibut are caught on long lines through the ice. Most anglers travel out to their fishing spots on the ice by snowmobile or dog sled. Tourists can do the same and experience the chance to travel across the ice.

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Sights and Activities

Upernavik is the epitome of traditional Greenlandic hunting culture. This area used to be a spring hunting ground for many Greenlandic people and is a great place to learn more about this traditional way of life.

Upernavik Museum. The oldest museum in Greenland includes all of the original colonial buildings and is the northernmost outdoor museum in the world. It features two traditional women’s boats and other exhibitions showcasing the local cultural history.
Church of Upernavik, P.O. Box 19, 3962 Upernavik, ☏ +299 96 12 24, ✉ palaseqarfikupernavik@greennet.gl. Small local protestant church in Upernavik.
Dog Sledding. The best tourist expedition is over the Davis Strait to the fishing areas used by the local fishermen. This is the only way to reach the sites during the winter when the sea is frozen from December to June.
Kayak North, P.O. Box 40, 3962 Upernavik, ☏ +299 96 10 40. Kayaks and equipment are easily rented in town, and the nearly 100 lakes in the area are perfect for kayaking. The kayak is still used by local hunters to hunt along the ice edge in the spring and summer months. Small tour operator offering kayak rentals and guided tours. The company can also assist with accommodations if necessary. $687-$1400+ depending on length of excursion (7-14 days).
Sailing. The most popular sailing options in Upernavik include whale safaris and sailing up into the Upernavik Icefjord. This is a great way to see the spectacular scenery among the icebergs.
Upernavik Tourist Office and Museum, Niuertup Ottup Aqq. B12, 3962 Upernavik, ☏ +299 96 10 85.

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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

Several weekly flights are operated from Kangerlussuaq, with a layover in Ilulissat, to Upernavik. Transportation between Upernavik and the surrounding settlements is either by air via helicopter or dog sleds.

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Getting Around

Upernavik is ideal for kayaking or sailing trips along the coast between settlements. The best way to get around the town is by foot, which is easy due to the size.

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Sleep

Gina's Guesthouse, B902, 3962 Upernavik, ☏ +299 52 21 22, ✉ kislov@greennet.gl. Small hotel, free transportation to and from the airport. Charges for the internet, but fees are relatively low. Offers breakfast for $22. Single: $159 Double $199.
Gina's Hostel/Annex, B102, 3962 Upernavik, ☏ +299 52 21 22, ✉ kislov@greennet.gl. Small hostel with 3 rooms and 10 beds. Group discounts are available for groups looking to book all beds. Includes a dining and living room with large TV. Single $120, Double $160.

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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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