Attractions

The Qilakitsoq mummies
Qilakitsoq is an ancient Eskimo settlement on the Muussuaq peninsula. In 1972 a burial site containing a number of mummies around 500 years old was found underneath a cliff overhang. The mummies are the oldest known find of such well-preserved human remains and artefacts in the whole arctic cultural region.
 
 
The settlements and the hunter/trapper culture
In the seven settlements of the Uummannaq district the everyday life of Greenland's hunters and trappers can be seen.
 
 
The desert
The desert is an incredible mineral landscape, in which minerals high in sulphur and iron content have reacted to produce deposits of yellow sulphur.
 
 
The bird cliffs
On the sides of the 1,000 meter vertical cliff face off Qingaarssuaq, breed thousands of fulmars.
 
 
Whales
There are good chances of seeing fin whales, mink whales, killer whales and humpback whales from the middle of July until November.
 
 
Glaciers
Uummannaq is one of the most glacier-rich areas in the world, including the world's fastest-moving glacier, which moves at 5.7 kilometres per year.
 
 
The Museum
The town museum is housed in the old hospital, dating from 1880. There are copies of clothing found on the renowned Qilakitsoq mummies from the 1500s and an exhibition of the German scientist Alfred Wegener's expedition with propeller-driven sledges across the inland ice in 1930. He became world famous as a result of his theory on continental plate drift. His aim was to build a scientific station in the middle of the inland ice. The museum also includes a memorial to Edward Kruse, hunting implements, kayaks and umiaq (a 'woman's' boat).
 
 
Santa Claus' House
Santa of course lives in Greenland, and has his summer residence in Uummannaq. The house nestles at the foot of the huge Uummannaq mountain.
 
 
The Church
The unique church built in 1935, is constructed of granite boulders chipped form the nearby hillside.
 
 
Hjertefjeldet
Reaching a height of 1175 meters, the 12 km2 Uummannaq peninsula rises in the form of a heart-shaped mountain. A symbol of stoic beauty which changes colour throughout the day like Ayers rock.
 
 
Geology
The Uummannaq district is like a giant mosaic, composed of lots of different and complicated geological pieces.
 
 
Earthen huts and warehouse
Uummannaq has a wealth of archaeological and historic sites, including a number of old buildings and preserved earthen houses. One of these was inhabited right up until 1980. The double earthen house is used for overnight accommodation in historic surroundings.
 
 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Uummannaq Tourist Service
C/o Hotel Uummannaq
3961 Uummannaq
Greenland
Tel: +299 95 15 18
Fax: +299 95 12 62



 

 

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