The famous son of Ilulissat
The birthplace of Knud Rasmussen is now a little nice museum over his explodes and ethnographic work in Greenland and artic North America.
Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933) was an extraordinary traveller that gained worldwide recognition in his lifetime for his expeditions in Greenland and the artic North America. He grew up in Greenland with his Danish father and Greenlandic mother until age 12 when he started his education in South Denmark (as some Greenlanders nicely name it). In year 1900 he past his high School exams and was soon of to Greenland again. As part of the Danish literary Greenland’s expedition (year 1902). After taking part in a few more expeditions he found a trading station with his friend Peter Freuchen next to the Inuit community in Kap York and names it Thule. The economics from the trading station made it possible for Knud to finance more expeditions in the artic North America and Greenland. The 5th Thule expedition was to be the most famous one 18000 kilometers from Greenland to the Pacific Ocean. During the 7th Thule expedition He got ill and had to be send to (South) Denmark for medical care, after a few months he past away at age 54. In his lifetime he gained a great understanding of the culture and development of the Inuit society and collected more then 15000 ethnographic and archaeological objects that are now to be seen in the national museum in Copenhagen.
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
visit the sermeq kujallaq icefjord
you can visit the icejord easily by foot either by yourself or by guided tour
Sermeq Kujalleq, Ilulissat glacier, is the biggest glacier on the northern hemisphere and
one of the fastest glaciers in the world racing with almost 40 metres a day during
the summer. Approximately one tenth of the ice that comes from the inland ice in all Greenland
comes from this glacier. That is about 35 cubic kilometres of ice every year.
When the glacier has been calving, the enormous icebergs float with the current
towards the mouth of the ice fiord next to Ilulissat. The biggest icebergs get stuck here
on a moraine underneath the water, until they are melted down to be small enough
to pass the low water, which is 200-300 metres deep. Therefore you can always see
the giant icebergs, which works as stops and lets the ice fiord get piled up.
To see the icebergs in Ilulissat is a great experience. The sounds from the creaking
and crashing ice, and the sight of the weird shapes and beautiful colours is a fantastic
Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland north of the Arctic Circle, has a harbour full of icebergs (up to 65 metres high). These come from the "ice fjord" next to Ilulissat; the ice fjord is jammed full of icebergs which have broken off a glacier at the fjord's far end. A must activity is to take the two-hour boat ride among the icebergs. If you take the night trip during the summer, you'll see the midnight sun casting all sorts of different colours on the icebergs.
- Sailing and Boating
The Greelandic sled dog is found everywhere in communities of West Greenland above the Arctic Circle. And in this area, no other dog is allowed - this is to preserve the purity of the breed.
Sled dogs spend the summer chained up in large dog areas - in Ilulissat, there are several of these. Most owners only feed their dogs once every two days, so the poor things are whining for food all the time.
Sled dogs are both male and female. Apparently, the males are better for short joourneys, and the females (who have greater stamina) are better for longer journeys. These Greenlandic dogs are rather different than the Canadian husky; the Greenland winter is not as cold, nor is there as much snow as in the Canadian north, so their fur isn't as thick, nor their legs as long as Canadian huskies.
In Ilulissat, there are "yield to dog sled" road signs. They picture a dog sled in a triangle.
- Arts and Culture
Even more iceberg viewing
Yes, even more icebergs. If you take the cruise that leaves around 11:00 PM, you will see all sorts of colours reflected on the icebergs. I have to admit that I didn't see that, but everyone that did told me it was amazing.
midnight cruise on the icefjord
the most exciting trip you can do in/around ilulissat is surely doing the icefjord midnight cruise or if time of year not allow a day cruise of 2-3 hours
amazing site of the different ice-sculptures
In the year 2004 it was acknowledged,what the locals already knew, that theice fiord and the glacier by Ilulissat is remarkable for the beauty of its scene
The glacier, which is about 7 kilometres wide,calves a numerous times a year sending
enormous icebergs out into the ice fiord. The glacier in Ilulissat is one of the fastest and
most productive in the world. Sermeq Kujalleq is also the biggest glacier in the
northern hemisphere, and the ice from the glacier dominates the sea in the Diskobay
and the ocean west of Greenland
make a day cruise to the eqi sermai glacier
The excursion to the Eqi Sermia glacier it gives you the opportunity to get very close to the inland ice and to see the calving phenomenon. The tour start from Ilulissat harbour around 8 am. The boat journey to the glacier depends on the boat and the weather and sea conditions but it's approximately 3/4 hours. At the glacier the boat stops approx 500 metres from it and there you will have 1 hour to admire the calving while drinking a cup of coffee. Lunch will also be served. Return to Ilulissat around 6pm.
Go see Silver
The best way to get a good perspective on Ilulissat is to see Silver at Tourist Nature (his shop) or email him at: email@example.com
also book a dogsled tour at Disko Island through Disko Lines. the tour company will provide information on the hostel etc on the island.
More iceberg viewing
More icebergs, seen from my 2-hour iceberg viewing cruise through Disco Bay, where the ice fjord empties into it.
- Sailing and Boating