Sisimiut

Sisimiut is an example of a modern town with a hinterland which attracts people who love fresh air and physical challenges.

Facts
  • Greenland’s second biggest town
  • Formerly also known as Holsteinsborg
  • Approx. 5000 inhabitants
  • Founded in 1856
  • Have three settlements
  • On the west coast just north of the Arctic Circle

About Sisimiut

Greenland’s soul thrives in the country’s second largest town, which is always at its best whatever the time of year. The town is known for its energy and enterprising culture. Start with a trip to the old quarter so that you can absorb the town’s history before you walk the streets and enjoy the modern shops and cafés. Of course, we also recommend walks in the ‘hinterland’, for example to the lake, which is one of the town’s breathing spaces.

What would a big town be without a house of culture? Sisimiut’s version, Taseralik, tempts visitors with exhibitions, cinema, music and theatre. It’s an architectonic delight with something to offer both foreign guests and local inhabitants. All in all, there’s plenty of activity in the town, which is not least due to all the young people attending the town’s educational institutions.

HEAD OFF A DOGSLED 

Make sure you don’t miss out on a trip by dogsled. Up on the runners as the driver professionally steers his team of dogs up and down the fells, round corners and out into the white and blue yonder. It’s up to you how long you wish your trip to last. Huts are available throughout the region and are ideal shelters in which to spend a night. Walking to the summit of Kællingehætten is also a classic excursion in Sisimiut. If you have plenty of time, you can also choose the 160-km classic hike to Kangerlussuaq. In the winter months, you can make the trip by snowmobile.

ONLY THE TOUGH NEED APPLY 

In addition, Sisimiut is a paradise for those who just love challenges in all shapes and sizes. Sports freaks – and anyone else – can try various disciplines depending on their temperament and courage. How about testing yourself in the Arctic Circle Race, a cross-country skiing race of 160 kilometres with views of remote horizons. In fact the role of spectator at the world’s toughest skiing race is also an experience in itself. The town is a melting pot of celebration and colour during the days of the race. Or perhaps we can tempt you with scuba-diving in the ice-cold water.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The coffee-based social gathering, kaffemik, is very popular amongst the hospitable inhabitants of Sisimiut.
  • World of Greenland Arctic Circle (WOGAC) organises trips that you don’t find elsewhere in Greenland: Ice Sheet, musk oxen, whales, deserted settlements, dogsleds and hikes back in time.
  • Many young people come to the town to begin programmes of study as arctic engineers at Arctic Technology Centre.
  • Visit the ‘board’ and buy fish and meat from musk oxen and reindeer. Just looking at the range of items available is impressive.
  • Air Greenland is a permanent sponsor of Arctic Circle Race. The company also has a team that competes in ‘The world’s toughest skiing race’.
  • Hotel Sisimiut offers 4-star conference facilities and is a very popular choice for courses, meetings and conferences. Collaboration with the local house of culture allows several hundred to attend such conferences.
  • The school of Knud Rasmussen Højskolen has solar panels, and the town has several energy-friendly buildings.

Experiences in Sisimiut

The trappings of modern life, including cinema, music and theatre, go hand in hand with the challenges presented by the surrounding countryside when on foot or on a dogsled in the great white wilderness. Go scuba-diving, cross-country skiing and finish off with a kaffemik at Bolette’s place.

Transportation to Sisimiut

How do I get there?

Serviced by DASH8

At least four times a week, Air Greenland flies to Sisimiut from the international airport at Kangerlussuaq. In the summer, there are up to six departures from Denmark/Europe to Kangerlussuaq and in winter there are four weekly departures.

How do I get around?

Take the bus or taxi. You can take many boat trips from Sisimiut with local tour boats.

You can also travel with Arctic Umiaq Line, which runs passenger traffic between towns and settlements from Ilulissat in the north to Qaqortoq in the south. The ship docks once a week from late May to late August.

In winter, skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding are popular means of transport.