Ittoqqortoormiit

A combination of town and wilderness, with a fjord complex that attracts narwhals, walruses, seals and polar bears. Millions of seabirds breed here in this undisturbed region close to the country’s enormous national park.

Facts
  • Greenland’s smallest town
  • Formerly also known as Scoresbysund
  • Approx. 450 inhabitants
  • Founded in 1925
  • No settlement, but Nerleriit Inaat airport
  • In northeast Greenland at the border to the national park

About Ittoqqortoormiit

The town has a superb location at the edge of Northeast Greenland National Park and close to Scoresby Sound, which is the world’s longest fjord. Up on the peak of the fell polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen looks out over the magnificent landscape; a fjord complex that attracts narwhals, walruses, seals and polar bears. The area also attracts sea birds, which breed in their millions.

We can guarantee that you’ll enjoy the wildlife undisturbed. Just ten to fifteen ships call at the port each season. In September, however, there’s life on the quay when several cruise ships discharge their passengers so that they’re able to enjoy the fantastic scenery.

If you wish to experience the area’s natural splendour even more closely, then go hunting with a local hunter. Head out to the edge of the ice with a loaded shotgun looking for the day’s prey – first and foremost seals. You’ll feel the rush of adrenalin pumping through your veins, although you’re sure to be in good hands.

NATIONAL PARK

The town lies in a remote location a long way to the north. It’s a busy, unspoilt community with hospitable inhabitants whose existence is based on hunting at the mouth of the fjord during summer and winter. North of the town is the National Park, which is not afraid to call itself the world’s greatest wilderness. The National Park is uninhabited, and only sporadically visited by researchers and the Sirius Patrol, which patrols the area on dogsled and by boat.

CULTURE PROSPERS  

Every Greenlandic town of any stature has a museum – and this is also true of Illoqqortoormiit. Historical costumes, tools and paintings provide the narrative of life in harsh conditions. Until just over 120 years ago the inhabitants lived isolated from the rest of the world. This has had a great influence on the local culture, which is rooted in legends and sagas.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Hvalrosbugten is a great destination that attracts both adults and children during the summer – and you’re welcome to go for a dip in the cold water.
  • The water bubbles and seethes in Greenland’s hottest spring, which lies around 12 km from the town in the settlement of Uunarteq. The temperature of the water is 62 degrees Celsius.
  • Illorqqortoormiit is the Greenlandic town that lies closest to Denmark.
  • Travelling to the National Park requires special permission from the former Dansk Polarcenter (now under the auspices of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation).
  • It’s possible to go on a cruise to the National Park. Contact Greenland Travel and enjoy an experience that’s out of this world.

Experiences in Ittoqqortoormiit

A combination of town and wilderness, with a fjord complex that attracts narwhals, walruses, seals and polar bears. Millions of seabirds breed here in this undisturbed region close to the country’s enormous national park.

Transportation in Ittoqqortoormiit

How do I get there?

Serviced by helicopter.

Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nerlerit Inaat.
From Nerlerit Inaat there is a connecting helicopter flight to Ittoqqortoormiit, which takes 15 minutes.

How do I get around?

On foot and by sea with the locals. In winter and spring, transportation with dog sleds or snowmobiles are also possible.