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Qilaqitsoq, Greenland

Qilakitsoq is an archaeological site on Nuussuaq Peninsula, on the shore of Uummannaq Fjord in northwestern Greenland. Formally a settlement, it is famous for the discovery of eight mummified bodies in 1972. The discovery revealed the existence of an ancient Arctic culture later named the Saqqaq culture that inhabited the area of west-central Greenland between 2500 BCE and 800 BCE. The mummies are now on exhibition in the Greenland National Museum and are one of Nukk’s biggest tourist attractions.

The main urban setttlement closest to Qilakitsoq is Uummannaq, located on Uummannaq island, home to the most prominent mountain on the Arctic coast of western Greenland.

General Information

Cruise Season – May - Oct
Currency – Danish krone (DKK)
Population – 1,299 approx (Uummannaq)
Language – Kalaalllisut, Danish
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus three hours
International Country Telephone Code + 299

Port Location – The port is located at Uummannaq harbor.

Travel Links – Air Greenland operates air services to Qaarsut from Uummannaq Heliport. The neighbouring villages in the Uummannaq area are served by district cargo helicopters. In summer months, Royal Arctic Line operates its 'bygdeservice' with sailings by small ships to its neighbouring villages, including a service to Qaarsut.

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