Illorsuit

Facts
  • Means 'the many large houses'
  • Lars-Emil Johansen, a former Prime Minister of Greenland's Home Rule Government, was born here
  • The church is from 1923
  • Approx. 100 kilometres from Uummannaq
  • Approx. 70 inhabitants

About Illorsuit

Illorsuit, which on old maps is spelt Igdlorssuit, is one of the many settlements in the world's largest municipality, Qaasuitsup. The town is located on the northeast coast of an island of the same name and the livelihoods of the local inhabitants are based primarily on fishing for Greenland halibut and hunting seals. The island is situated just north of Nuussuaq, the large peninsula at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord.

Owing to its location surrounded by beautiful, high mountains, the sun does not shine in Illorsuit between 11 October and 4 March.

Illorsuit has a service building, and the church, which is from 1923, with 130 seats

Experiences in Illorsuit

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Transportation to Illorsuit

How do I get there?

There are helicopter connections during the winter.

Travel from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat, then go to Qaarsut by plane. Then go by helicopter to Uummannaq and then to Illorsuit.

How do I get around?

By foot or by sea with locals                     

Dogsleds are a frequent means of transportation during winter and spring