Qasigiannguit is located in the south-eastern part of Disko Bay. The town name means "the mottled seals" and refers to the good opportunities for hunting seals, which have traditionally been in the area. Qasigiannguit's green wilderness with rounded mountains, valleys and tundra offers good opportunities for activities year round, for example, short hikes or longer sorts to the edge of the ice sheet.
Fishing and hunting:
Around 1300 people live in Qasigiannguit today, also known as Christianshåb in Danish, and 80 in the nearby settlement of Ikamiut. Fishing and hunting are the main occupations and halibut and crab in particular are prepared at the town's fish processing factory.
The Wooden House from 1734:
Greenland's oldest house is in Qasigiannguit, which now serves as the town museum. The area is a paradise for those with archaeological and historical interests, where the remnants of several thousand years of settlement along the coast can be seen in the form of unbuilt sites, meat stores and hunting hides. Traces of the highly advanced Saqqaq culture have been found and objects from this period are exhibited in the museum.
Facts about Qasigiannguit
Population: 1217 in the town and 94 inhabitants spread out in the area's only settlement.
At the end of Illukut is a group of wooden houses from the early colonial period. The museum is Greenland's oldest from 1734
How to get there:
From the international airport in Kangerlussuaq you can fly with Air Greenland to Ilulissat. From here there is a helicopter connection (Air Greenland) to Qasigiannguit. From Qasigiannguit there is also a helicopter service to Qeqertarsuaq and Aasiaat. If you wish to sail to Qasigiannguit, then this can be done on Disko Line's passenger ship from Aasiaat.
How to get around:
The best way to discover Qasigiannguit is on foot. Local navigation in Disko Bay takes place in the summer with Disko Line's ships. The journey from Ilulissat takes a couple hours, but the flight time by helicopter is fifteen minutes. In winter you can discover the town and its surroundings on dogsled, snowmobile or on skis.
Where to sleep:
There is both a hotel and a hostel in town and you can also put up a tent in the mountains or anywhere in the countryside. One option is to make an arrangement with the museum and try a night in a museum's peat hut.