Kangaatsiaq means "rather small promontory". The town is Greenland's youngest as it first achieved status as a town in 1986, but the settlement itself is of course much older. Kangaatsiaq is an unspoilt little town, where there are no large hotels or tourist offices - in fact there is only private accommodation available and a single internet cafe. Among the many colourful single-family homes here you can write home to friends and family about an authentic and almost unspoilt town in Greenland.
Close to the Greenlandic countryside:
East of Kangaatsiaq, a 150 km wide fjord system opens with countless islands, inlets and bays, and there are good opportunities to explore the protected waters by boat, canoe or sea kayak. Along the way, there is ample opportunity to discover the wildlife, which includes, among others, reindeer, foxes and hares, as well as many different species of birds. In the sea around Kangaatsiaq, many species of various marine mammals live, such as harp seals, humpback whales and minke whales.
Dogsled and kayaking:
During winter and spring, the dogsled is the most suitable means of transport and in fact sled tours between Kangaatsiaq and Kangerlussuaq are "just" a four-day trip. However, you normally take the ship to and from Kangaatsiaq from either Aasiaat or Sisimiut. The great importance of fishing and hunting still characterises the townscape. Between the dogs and sleds there are drying racks for fish and meat, stretched sealskin, yarn, buoys and kayaks. About 550 people live in Kangaatsiaq and just over 700 in the four settlements at Attu, Niaqornaarsuk, Ikerasaarsuk and Iginniarfik.
Facts about Kangaatsiaq
Population: 552 in the town and 719 inhabitants spread over the four settlements.
The town is Greenland's youngest and only a few tourists have visited the small town with its vast fjord system with islands, inlets and bays.
How to get there:
From the international airport in Kangerlussuaq you can fly with Air Greenland to Aasiaat. From here you can travel onwards to Kangaatsiaq by helicopter (Air Greenland). You can also sail to Kangaatsiaq on Disko Line's small passenger ships from Aasiaat.
How to get around:
The best way to discover Kangaatisaq is on foot. 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:
In Kangaatisaq you have excellent opportunities to gain an insight into Greenlandic family life. There is only private accommodation in the town. You can also put up a tent in the mountains and spend the night under flapping canvas.