Uummannaq

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Introduction

Uummannaq is a city in Western Greenland. Uummannaq is a town of about 1,300 people with another 1,300 residing in the surrounding settlements. The main industry in the area is fishing for halibut, which has recently overtaken hunting as the principal industry for the town. The town is about 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and the midnight sun is experienced from mid-May through August. Uummannaq is on a heartshaped island, hence its name, heartlike place.

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Sights and Activities

Uummannaq Museum, Alfred Berthelsenip Aqq. B-9, P.O. Box 26, 3961 Uummannaq, Greenland, ☏ +299 95 44 61, ✉ iku@uummannaq.gl. A small museum in town's former hospital dating back to 1880 containing historical artifacts and traditional Inuit art. The museum also features an exhibition of copies of the costumes and mummies from the Qilakitsoq mummies found nearby. The museum also features exhibitions from Alfred Wegener’s expedition of the area.
Whale safaris are available in Uummannaq from July through the fall. The fjord that surrounds Uummannaq is a whale watchers paradise. There is a good chance to see minke, humpback, fin, and killer whales while on these safaris.
The best time to take a dog sledding adventure is from February to April, during this time, the fjord that surrounds Uummannaq is frozen and the dog sled is the main method of transport between the town and the settlements.
Ice fishing is a great way to get out on the frozen fjord in the winter and spend some time with the locals. The local fishermen travel out to the fishing sites on the fjord in the winter by dog sled to fish for halibut.
Snowmobiling is a great way for tourist to travel between the settlements at Uummannaq. The easiest way to rent one is to check with the local tourist office in Uummannaq.
Midnight Sun. Travelers can experience the midnight sun in Uummannaq from May 17th to July 28th.
Qilakitsoq Mummies. First discovered in 1972 near the old winter settlement Qilakitsoq, these mummies date from 1475. The mummies are on exhibition at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. It is still possible to visit the site where they were found.
Heliskiing near Uummannaq is unbelievable. The best place to go is the Sernersuaq glacier on the large peninsula Nuussuaqq.
Skiing is part of everyday life in Uummannaq, especially on the ice fjords. It serves as a method of transport and a great way to see the local scenery.

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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 World Ice Golf Championship is a unique golf tournament held in March near the town of Uummannaq in Northern Greenland. Surrounded by glaciers and enormous icebergs, golfers pit their skills against each other on the 9-hole course. Red golf balls are used in order to be able to see them.
  • 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

Airgreenland flies from Ilulissat and Qaanaaq to the nearby airport at Qaarsut. From there a helicopter will take you to the heliport in Uummannaq. The easiest way to get to Uummannaq is to take a flight from Kangerlussuaq to Qaarsut with a layover in either Aasiaat or Ilulissat. Then take the 10-minute helicopter flight to Uummannaq, in the winter the journey from Qaarsut is easy by car, but by air is faster.

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Getting Around

The city can be traversed on foot. The surrounding region can in the summer be visited by boat, and in winter by dogsled or snowmobile. Dog sleds are used during the winter months to travel around the city, to fishing sites, and to the nearby settlements.

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Sleep

Hotel Uummannaq, Trollep Aqqutaa B1342, P.O. Box 202, 3961 Uummannaq, ☏ +299 95 15 18, ✉ hotel@icecap.nu.

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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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