Aasiaat is located on an island in the outermost southern part of Disko Bay in a very beautiful archipelago area and it is often referred to as "the land of a thousand islands". Many of the islands in the area are protected and provide wonderful opportunities to study the unique birdlife or the whales, which were originally the reason why Aasiaat was founded in the mid 1700s.
Aasiaat - or Egedesminde - was first built in 1759 by Niels Egede, son of the famous Christian missionary Hans Egede. It was done to be able to better manage the extensive trade that went on between European whalers and Greenlanders. In 1763, the settlement was moved 125 km north to its present location. Today, Aasiaat's old town is home to a museum, a local museum with focus on Inuit history and the town's past and a community hall that is decorated with 24 paintings by world-renowned Danish painter Per Kirkeby.
Although fishing is the dominant industry, Aasiaat is North Greenland's centre of education with, among others, an upper secondary school and a business school. There are just over 3000 inhabitants in the Aasiaat area, of which about 200 live in the settlements at Akunaaq and Kitsissuarsuit.
Facts about Aasiaat
Population: 3113 in the town and 172 inhabitants spread over the two settlements.
Bowhead whales and humpback whales can hide in the archipelago. But they are there - and the skipper knows exactly where.
How to get there:
Air Greenland has almost daily connections to Aasiaat with flights from the international airport in Kangerlussuaq. Aasiaat also has weekly aircraft and helicopter connections to other towns in Disko Bay and connections by sea on the local Disko Line depending on the season.
How to get around:
The best way to discover Aasiaat is on foot. You can also get around the town by bus or taxi. Local sailing in Disko Bay takes place in the summer with Disko Line's ships. In winter you can discover the town and its surroundings on dogsled, snowmobile or on skis.
Where to sleep:
There is a fine Seamen's Home, just as you can stay privately or put up a tent in the mountains, where the countryside and view pleases you most. Other options are to rent apartments and rooms.