Siorapaluk

Facts
  • Means 'a small, sandy place'
  • The most northerly 'proper' settlement in Greenland
  • Many descendents of Inuit from Nunavut
  • Midnight sun for 120 days and complete darkness for 108 days
  • 1362 kilometres from the North Pole
  • Approx. 40 inhabitants

About Siorapaluk

Siorapaluk is the most northerly 'proper' settlement in Greenland – and in the whole world, according to many. Only bases and military facilities have living quarters that are situated further north. The settlement is located on Hayes Peninsula on the northern shore of Robertson Fjord and there are around 200 kilometres to Qaanaaq. The location is named after the narrow beach onto which the settlement faces. Siorapaluk has a Pilersuisoq grocery store and a school chapel as a place of worship. The area offers good hunting and fishing, in particular for seals, walruses, foxes, hares and Little Auks.

A number of the inhabitants are descendents of the Inuit from Nunavut, who travelled across Smith Sound in 1880 and settled here. Therefore both Inuktitut and reenlandic dialect are spoken in the area.

Experiences in Siorapaluk

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Transportation - Siorapaluk

How do I get there?

Transportation by helicopter.

Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat and go on to Qaanaaq with plane. Take the helicopter connection from Upernavik to Siorapaluk.

How do I get around?

By foot or by sea with locals.

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