Theme Week Greenland – Qeqertarsuaq

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Waiting for winter © flickr.com - Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Waiting for winter © flickr.com – Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Qeqertarsuaq is a port and town in Qeqertalik municipality, located on the south coast of Disko Island on the west coast of Greenland. Founded in 1773, the town is now home to a campus of the University of Copenhagen known as Arctic Station. Qeqertarsuaq is the Kalaallisut name for Disko Island and is also now used for several other islands on Greenland, including those formerly known as Upernavik and Herbert Island. Qeqertarsuaq means ‘the big island’ in Kalaallisut (Danish: den store ø). In 2020, the town had 839 inhabitants. The remainder of the population of the island (less than 50 people) lives in the Kangerluk settlement, a few hours by boat to the northwest.

The total area of Disko Island and its satellite islands (mainly Qeqertarsuatsiaq Island 11 km (7 mi) northwest of the northern coast and Qeqertaq on the southwest coast at the mouth of Disko Fjord) is 9,700 km² (3,750 sq mi). Blæsedalen valley is to the north of the town. Kangerluk is the location where researchers found a ‘galloping’ glacier in 1999 that moves up to 100 meters (330 ft) a day.

© Maarten Stuurman/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Maarten Stuurman/cc-by-sa-4.0 Qeqertarsuaq Heliport © Dreizung/cc-by-sa-3.0 Arctic Station © Dreizung/cc-by-3.0 Waiting for winter © flickr.com - Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0 The Disko Bay and Qeqertarsuaq © flickr.com - Kristine Riskær/cc-by-2.0
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The Disko Bay and Qeqertarsuaq © flickr.com - Kristine Riskær/cc-by-2.0
During the winter, Air Greenland operates air services from Qeqertarsuaq Heliport to Ilulissat, Qasigiannguit, and Aasiaat. When the waters of Disko Bay are navigable during summer and autumn, the heliport is closed and communication between settlements occurs only by sea via Diskoline. The ferry links Qeqertarsuaq with Ilulissat, Aasiaat, Qasigiannguit, and Kitsissuarsuit.

Many of the flat basaltic mountains found on Disko Island are covered with perpetual snow. The largest is called Sermersuaq (“Grand Glacier”). Sermersuaq is situated rather far from the coast and is difficult to reach in the summer. Lyngmarksbræen (“Lyngmark Glacier”) is much smaller, covering only about 10 km, but can be reached more easily in a few hours’ walk. From Lyngmarksfjeld, a panoramic view of Disko Bay allows viewers to see the icebergs at Ilulissat almost 100 kilometers (62 mi) away. Qeqertarsuaq has a dog sled rental.

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