Visit Ilulissat, Greenland


Thought to be home to almost as many sled dogs as people, Ilulissat is also known as the birthplace of icebergs and a visit here is a chance to explore the geography, history and cultural heritage of this Greenlandic town.

The very name of Ilulissat is a hint to its cool climate and icy waters, meaning ‘Icebergs’ in the local Kalaallisut language, with the Ilulissat icefjord producing nearly 20 million tons of ice every day. With 4,500 residents, Ilulissat is the third-largest town in Greenland and is home to almost as many sled dogs, a necessity in the cold climate. As you explore the town you may like to visit the local history museum which is housed in the former home of Knud Rasmussen, a renowned polar explorer and folk hero.

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