Great kindness and hospitality characterise the people, who live almost 500 km north of the Arctic Circle, where there is midnight sun from mid May to mid August. That means many daylight hours in summer and plenty of opportunities for activities in stunning surroundings.
The Qilakitsoq mummies:
There are many artefacts and ruins at Uummannaq that provide concrete evidence to show that hunters and trappers have lived in the area for millennia. One of Greenland's most remarkable archaeological discoveries was made in 1972 at the old winter settlement at Qilakitsoq. A group of well-preserved mummies were found here dating from about 1475. The mummies are now exhibited at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.
The sea continues to be the principal livelihood for the 1300 or so inhabitants of Uummannaq, as well as the town's seven settlements with a nearly equal number of inhabitants. Today, fishing for halibut has overtaken hunting as the main industry.
Facts about Uummannaq
Population: 1274 inhabitants in the town and 1037 spread over seven settlements.
Uummannaq Mountain: The 1172 metre high cliff is unparalleled! It reminds you that we are just a tiny drop in the ocean of time and space.
How to get there:
Via the international airport in Kangerlussuaq you can take an Air Greenland flight to Qaarsut (via Aasiaat or Ilulissat), from where there is only a 10-minute helicopter flight (Air Greenland) to Uummannaq.
How to get around:
The best way to discover the town of Uummannaq is on foot. There is a 10 minute helicopter flight to the heart-town from the airport at Qaarsut. In winter, the trip can also be done by car on the frozen sea ice. Transportation to the seven settlements is by boat or helicopter. In winter, dogsleds are an important means of transport to the settlements and fishing grounds on the ice.
Where to sleep:
You can stay overnight at the town's hotel, stay privately, in cabins or you can camp anywhere in the countryside, where the view pleases you most.