With almost 2000 inhabitants, Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland and is located on the big island of Ammassalik, 100 km south of the Arctic Circle. The town is beautifully situated in a fjord surrounded by high mountains and bisected by a small river that flows through the town. The Flower Valley behind the town has a unique flora and is a popular place for short or long hikes.
Tasiilaq past and present:
Since it is only just over 120 years since the first Europeans came to the area, the traditional Inuit culture still plays a significant role in everyday life. However, Tasiilaq is also a modern society with many of the features you find in the World. Computer games, Internet and mobile phones have long since come to Tasiilaq. It is one of the most isolated settlements in the world. To the west, the ice sheet rises up to 2500 metres.
How to get there:
Both Air Iceland (from Reykjavik) and Air Greenland fly to the international airport on the island of Kulusuk, which lies just ten minutes by helicopter (Air Greenland) from Tasiilaq. Available modes of transport in the area during the winter consist of helicopter, snowmobile and dogsled, whilst in the summer local transport takes place via supply ships to the settlements, helicopters and private boats. For more information, please contact Destination East Greenland.
How to get around:
The best way to discover Tasiilaq is on foot. In winter you can experience the town and its surroundings on dogsled, snowmobile or skis. Locally, the means of transport in winter are helicopter, snowmobile or dogsled and in summer transport takes place via supply ships to the settlements, helicopter and private boats.
Where to sleep:
You can stay overnight at a hotel, the Seamen's Home or a hostel. You can stay privately, in cabins or camp anywhere in the countryside, where the view pleases you most.