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Ikateq / Bluie East Two


Bluie East Two

Photo: Reinhard Pantke – Visit Greenland

Quick facts about Ikateq / Bluie East Two

Point of Interest
Beyond Angmagssalik Fjord in Ikateq, leading towards Knud Rasmussen and Karali Glacier
The historical sight 'Ikateq' unfolds the remains of the old American Airbase 'Bluie East Two' when stepping from the beach like shore onto the flat areal surrounded by impressive mountains.

Welcome to Ikateq, an old American airbase with a story to tell. Nestled beyond Angmagssalik Fjord, this point of interest bears the marks of World War II, offering a glimpse into a bygone era.

Unearthing the History of Bluie East Two in East Greenland

Originally named after the Ikateq fjord, which translates to ‘shallow water,’ the site served as a pivotal American airbase during World War II. Known as Bluie East Two (BE-2), it was a hub of activity until its rushed abandonment in the 1950s.

Walking Among the Remnants

Today, Ikateq stands as a testament to its past, with remnants of its active days still visible. The site houses an array of equipment, including old houses, trucks, and thousands of oil barrels. Although a clean-up operation has taken place, where half of the barrels were removed, the locals have decided against clearing the place of all the remains, due to the historical and local importance of this place. The presence of these historical artifacts continues to define the landscape.

The airstrip, located in a narrow fjord path, offers an idyllic landing strip, almost beach-like in its appearance. From there, a small rise leads to a panoramic view of the site’s surroundings. The sight of the flat, even airstrip flanked by steep mountains provides a striking contrast to the historical artifacts strewn around the area.

Time Stands Still

Visiting Ikateq is like stepping back in time. As you stroll around the remains, the story of Bluie East Two unfolds, providing a unique journey through history. It’s a chance to understand the significance of this site in the broader context of World War II. The juxtaposition of historical remains and the breathtaking beauty of East Greenland gives Ikateq its unique charm. The region’s tranquillity and the site’s historical significance create an experience that’s as enriching as it is unforgettable.

Exploring the Bluie East Two

As you venture further into the site, the extent of its past becomes more apparent. The old airport hangar still stands, and the barrels, cars, and trucks serve as a stark reminder of the site’s history.  Ikateq invites visitors to delve into the past, offering a unique perspective on a significant chapter in world history. Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious, this spot offers a unique insight into the past while enveloping you in the untouched beauty of East Greenland.

Ikateq isn’t just a point of interest. It’s a testament to a significant period in world history, a symbol of resilience, and a captivating destination in East Greenland. Immerse yourself in the story of Bluie East Two and experience the captivating blend of history and natural beauty that defines Ikateq.


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