Qaarsut

Go on a visit to an authentic settlement or use Qaarsut as the starting point for adventures in Uummannaq or trips further north. If you’re interested in history and Inuit culture then visit the settlement at Qilakitsoq.

Facts
  • Means 'the naked mountain'
  • Transit airport for helicopters to Uummannaq
  • Located near Qilakitsoq, where the famous mummies were discovered
  • Greenland's first coalmine was established in Qaarsut, 1778-1924
  • Approx. 160 inhabitants

About Qaarsut

Qaarsut is a small settlement situated on the north side of the Nuussuaq peninsula. The settlement has its own airport which connects it to the main town of Uummannaq, which lies just 20 km to the west. When the airport was built in 1999 it wasn’t possible to establish it on the island of Uummannaq itself, and therefore Qaarsut was chosen instead.

PITCH YOUR TENT 

The trip to Uummannaq is by helicopter, whilst trips further north to Upernavik and south to Ilulissat take place by plane. Experience life in a small North Greenlandic settlement, pitch your tent where the view is at its most spectacular and enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as life in a settlement in which hunting and fishing are the primary elements of everyday life, whatever the time of year.

MUMMIES DISCOVERED 

A few kilometres east of Qaarsut is the Inuit settlement of Qilakitsoq, which gained pretty much worldwide fame in the 1970s when eight mummified bodies from the Thule culture were discovered there. The eight mummies, which are today on display at the National Museum in Nuuk provide an important insight into the Inuit culture as it was more than 500 years ago.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • There’s not far from the school to the church. In fact, the school and the church are in the same building. The small settlement also has a shop, service centre and health facility.
  • Qaarsut lies at the foot of the nearly 2,000-meter high Qilertinnguit fell.
  • Greenland’s first coalmine was operating in Qaarsut from 1778 until 1924.

Experiences in Qaarsut

Go on a visit to an authentic settlement or use Qaarsut as the starting point for adventures in Uummannaq or trips further north. If you’re interested in history and Inuit culture then visit the settlement at Qilakitsoq.

Transportation to Qaarsut

How do I get there?

Serviced by DASH8 and helicopter

Qaarsut Airport mainly functions as a transit hub to Uummannaq. From Kangerlussuaq there are two weekly flights to Qaarsut via Aasiaat and one to two flights via Ilulissat. Between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq there are up to six departures a week depending on the season.

How do I get around?

By foot or by sea with locals.

Dogsleds are a frequent means of transportation during winter and spring.