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Tasiilaq

Tasiilaq

Photo: Philipp Mitterlehner – Visit Greenland

Quick facts about Tasiilaq

Names:
Ammatsali (East Greenlandic), Tasiilaq (West Greenlandic)
Category:
Town
GPS coordinates:
65°36′49″N 37°37′52″W
Location:
Ammassalik Island, King Oscar Fjord
Population:
1904
Airport/Heliport:
[AGM] Tasiilaq heliport / Ammassalik heliport
Timezone:
WGST / UTC-2 / GMT-2
Postal code:
3913

Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland, is a sublime spectacle nestled on Ammassalik Island in King Oscar Fjord. This captivating destination, located 100km south of the Arctic Circle, is home to about 1.900 residents. With a river that gracefully bisects the town and high mountains enclosing it, Tasiilaq emanates a picturesque charm that’s truly unparalleled.

Facilities in Tasiilaq

  • Big and small supermarket
  • Two kiosk
  • Local bank office
  • Post office
  • Hardware store
  • Tourist office
  • Sealskin sewing shop
  • Church
  • Museum and photo museum
  • Handcraft workshop
  • Souvenir shop
  • Petrol station
  • Service house
  • Fast food restaurant
  • Bar
  • Taxi service
  • Police station
  • Fire station
  • Hospital
  • Heliport
  • Harbour
  • Main regional municipality building
  • Community hall
  • Big football field
  • Small multipurpose football field
  • Skilift
  • Sports hall
  • Several playgrounds
  • Free-time facilities for the youth
  • School
  • Several kindergartens

Discovering the Explorer’s Paradise

Tasiilaq invites its guests to a world of exploration. The town, spanned across 6 kilometers of  paved roads from one end of town to the other, unfolds a diverse landscape offering scenic outlooks and picturesque viewpoints due to its hilly terrain. Each vantage point offers an awe-inspiring perspective, with the arresting mountainscape setting a breathtaking backdrop.

Journeying to the Fjord Haven

The adventure begins en route to Tasiilaq, primarily reachable by helicopter services from Tasiilaq heliport. The heliport building managed by Mittarfeqarfiit offers all crucial facilities, while further information and services are available from the town’s primary supermarket, Pilersuisoq.

Self-Sufficient and Vibrant Infrastructure

Despite its secluded location, Tasiilaq is commendably self-reliant, hosting a range of facilities. Supplies are arriving by the supply ships from end of May to the end of November, and small scale supplies are flown in during winter period. Notably, the town encompasses several shops, including the supermarket Pilersuisoq, RF Kiosk, Navarana and a hardware store. Apart from food, those shops also sell houshold items, clothing, eletrconics and furniture. The big multi-purpose Pilersuisoq additionally accommodates a bank, Grønlandsbanken. Both Pilersuisoq supermarkets also feature ATMs for the convenience of locals and visitors.

An Array of Recreational Facilities

The town hosts a range of facilities including souvenir shops, a community hall, post office and a tank station. The town is also home to several kindergardens, a school, a hospital, and a service house with shower and laundry facilities. The local youth can enjoy the free-time club and the cultural house IGDLO. A fast food grill, also serving coffee and ice-cream, with a big sunny terrasse and a bar.

Cultural Insights and Safety Measures

Tasiilaq is a cultural melting pot, with its roots in local traditions. It was once known as Ammassalik in West Greenlandic and is referred to as Ammatsali in East Greenlandic. The town houses a museum, a photo museum, and a sewing shop for visitors to delve into the rich heritage. Ensuring safety, Tasiilaq also features a police station and a fire station.

Unleashing Sports and Adventure

For adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts, Tasiilaq boasts a football field, a ski lift, a sports hall, and several playgrounds. Visitors can also avail taxi services for comfortable local transportation.

Conclusion: An Unforgettable Greenlandic Experience

Tasiilaq, with its staggering landscapes, cultural richness, and comprehensive facilities, offers an immersive Greenlandic experience. It’s a dream destination for adventurers, culture buffs, and anyone looking to witness life in a unique Arctic town. Tasiilaq is more than a destination; it’s an inspiration that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Activities in Tasiilaq

Camping

Cruise service

Dogsledding

Drum dance

Fishing tours

Helicopter charter

Helicopter sightseeing

Heliskiing

Hiking

Ice fishing

Iceberg safari

Igloo overnight

Kayaking

Meeting locals

Northern lights

Photo tours

Polar bear safari

Sailing

Sauna

Skiing

Snowmobile tours

Snowshoe hike

Whale safari

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