Tasiilaq

Tasiilaq is situated on the slope of a fell on the banks of Kong Oscar Fjord surrounded by steep, snow-covered peaks. The town is well worth a visit for this reason alone.

Facts
  • East Greenland’s largest town
  • Formerly also known as Ammassalik
  • Approx. 2000 inhabitants
  • Founded in 1894
  • Have five settlements
  • On the island of Ammassalik in East Greenland

About Tasiilaq

Tasiilaq is the chief town in East Greenland, and one of just two towns on the east coast. The town lies on the large island of Ammassalik, 100 km south of the Arctic Circle.

The town has it all: calving glaciers, hunters, picturesque wooden houses and their characteristic spiked peaks. At the same time the island has fertile valleys with purling rivers and magnificent flora.

 

ISOLATED UNTIL 1884 

The first Europeans didn’t arrive in East Greenland until around 130 years ago. Until then the population lived in isolation in a never-ending struggle for food and clothes to provide warmth. Spirits, legends and sagas were a natural part of their everyday lives and this made its mark on traditions, art and culture – as indeed it still does today.

Get close to a society of hunters where old traditions are upheld. For example, a polar bear skin is not given to the person who kills the animal, but to the person who first spots it.

THE TOWN'S NERVE CENTRE 

The area around the harbour is the town’s nerve centre. During the summer the town’s pulse beats clearly when boats and dinghies set sail and return through the inlet. The mountains of Polheimsfjeld, Præstefjeld and Sømandsfjeld can all clearly be seen in good weather.

Isolated or not, when you visit Tasiilaq, you can get out your computer and write home to your family. The internet has also come to Tasiilaq, and computer games, communication in cyberspace and mobile phones are all commonplace.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The valley of flowers is full of lakes and waterfalls, each one bigger and more spectacular than the next.
  • The football pitch is marked out on stones and gravel, and games are fiercely competitive.
  • Soapstone figures, masks carved in wood and tupilaks of wood, bone, tooth and antlers. East Greenlandic arts & crafts are very popular.
  • Licence to drive a dogsled? In Tasiilaq it’s possible to obtain proof of one’s ability to control op to eight dogs and a sled.

Experiences in Tasiilaq

Isolated on the island of Ammassalik on the banks of King Oscar Fjord. The landscape is full of calving glaciers, fells and colourful wooden houses, plus fertile valleys with lakes, waterfalls and an unparalleled natural flora.

Transportation to Tasiilaq

How do I get there?

Serviced by helicopter.

Travel from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk, and then on to Kulusuk. There is a flight to Kulusuk twice a week.

How do I get around?

Put on your walking boots and discover the area on foot. Note that it is a very hilly town. There are taxi services in the town.

In summer, boat trips to the settlements are popular. In winter and spring, dogsled is a major means of transportation.