Upernavik

72 degrees north, narwhals, beluga whales, polar bears, the world’s largest bird cliff and summer sun 24 hours a day. We guarantee you a different type of holiday!

Facts
  • Greenland’s second most northerly town
  • Upernavik is its only name
  • Apporx. 1100 inhabitants
  • Founded in 1772
  • Have 11 settlements
  • On a small island in northwest Greenland

About Upernavik

With no less than 100 islands, the Upernavik area is perfect for a holiday with a kayak and paddle. Here there’s shelter, still waters, white walls of ice and in truth a landscape without parallel. You can paddle from settlement to settlement. From July to August the local inhabitants welcome you with open arms. The frozen waters don’t begin to melt until June.

SUPERB COLOURS 

The houses are painted in the most attractive colours, and when the sun shines we see them in a new light as the hours of the day tick by – just as the fells and icebergs also change shape and colour.

It’s a truism that there’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothing. With sealskin clothes and boots in order, then a winter visit to Upernavik is a fantastic experience with the northern lights flickering in magnificent colours in the night sky. Life here has logistics as one of its biggest challenges. You can also learn about hunting seals and catching Greenland halibut on long lines.

WORTH AN EXCURSION 

Get up in the morning in the cosy Bed & Breakfast, drink a good cup of hot coffee or tea and take in the scene. The Ice Sheet is a major producer of ice sculptures which no artist would ever have the imagination to capture. They are filtered out into the Upernavik Icefjord, majestic and a law unto themselves. Go for a walk to the cemetery and you’ll see cement graves and plastic flowers in all the colours of the rainbow. That’s just a fact of life when it’s impossible to dig in the frozen ground and flowers wither extremely rapidly in the freezing temperatures.

CULINARY INPUT 

Let the various impressions be absorbed into your soul while making dinner. Let yourself be inspired by the choice of items in the local shop, which has a selection ranging from Danish pork sausage to walrus and prawns.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • No Greenlandic town without a museum – and this also applies to Upernavik, which can boast the world’s northernmost open-air museum. It’s open on Sundays – and by request on contacting Upernavik tourist information.
  • Narwhals, beluga whales, seals and polar bears are all prey for the hunters in Upernavik.
  • Upernavik means the place of spring and borders Melville Bay, which is designated as a national park. Only hunters from the town and settlements are permitted to hunt here.

Experiences in Upernavik

Fancy a holiday with kayak and paddle on the smooth sheltered waters amongst the region’s one hundred islands? Then this is the place to be. Spot whales, polar bears and the world’s biggest bird cliff – and all with the sun beating down from the sky 24 hours a day.

Transportation to Upernavik

How do I get there?

Serviced by DASH7 and DASH8 and helicopter

From Kangerlussuaq you fly via Ilulissat and Qaarsut before you reach Upernavik.

How do I get around?

Put on your walking boots and discover the area on foot. In summer, boat trips to the settlements are popular. In winter, popular means of transportation are snowmobile, skis and dog sledges.