Tasiilaq is located in a deep fjord and has a river cutting through it. The majestic Flower Valley just near the town is great for exploring on hikes. Tasiilaq is a unique mesh of modern European influence and traditional Inuit culture.
In the village you can find hotel, restaurant, post office, bakery, book shop, museum and the helicopter station. In Tasiilaq there are also Greenlandic filatelia and a hospital.
The local people are still fisherman and hunters by trade but lots of people also work in administration and service.
The city was founded by Danish explorers in 1894 and called it Ammassalik, the place with lots of ammassats (small fish), the name of the area used by the locals farther south. The locals living in the area continued to call it Tasiilaq, the one that looks like a lake. As a consequence, the city was renamed Tasiilaq a few years ago. The municipality is still called Ammassalip Kummunia.
The easiest way to travel to Tasiilaq is to fly from Reykjavik in Iceland. There are several airlines that fly to Kulusuk airport not far from Tasiilaq. From Kulusuk you can either take the local helicopter or try to find a local fisherman to take you by boat to Tasiilaq.
There are international flights to Kulusuk, which is only a 10-minute helicopter ride from Tasiilaq. In the summer it is possible to get to the town by boat, in the winter it is more plausible to get there by snowmobile, dogsled or on skis.
The town is small enough to get around it on foot. However, you will need to be in a good shape, as you will need to get up and down lots of hills the town is built on. Taxi service is also available.
To get to a different settlement (Kummiut, Isortoq or Sermimiligaq) you will need to find a local boat or book a helicopter. In the winter, transportation is usually by skis or snowmobile.
Getting around the island is mostly on foot, and you can simply walk out of the town to start your adventure.
You can book several iceberg watching boat tours (half a day or full day) with any of the hotels in town. The icebergs are everywhere, and going around them on a boat can provide some amazing views.
Boat tours are also available to a nearby abandoned village of Ikkatteq, usually combined with iceberg watching.
There are also helicopter tours to nearby glaciers, with or without landing on them.
And of course the best sightseeing is the one that you create for yourself. The best approach is to plan your hike around the island, and book the tours on your extra days, if you have any remaining.
The Ammassalik Museum is currently housed in the building that used to be the town’s old church. The museum has a collection of traditional artifacts ranging from kayaks to wooden masks.
Eastern Greenland is a paradise for those who love hiking, alpine climbing and kayaking. You can start your hiking trip direct from Tasiilaq but you can also travel with a local boat to one of the settlements and start your trip there. You must consider that your hiking trip will distance you from nearby settlement areas and that you are on your own. Bring an EPIRB and be sure that your travel insurance contains SAR (Search and Rescue) in case you get stuck in the outback.
The landscapes around Tasiilaq are perfect for short or long hikes, many hikes around the area are combined with boat trips further up the fjord system.
In Tasiilaq, kayaks are still used today for some types of hunting as they provide the hunter with stealth and maneuverability. Today, modern tours are organized from the local tourism offices as well.
With visibility unmatched by even the tropics and unique fish and icebergs, East Greenland is an exclusive and amazing place to dive. Local dives can be organized with the tourist office in Tasiilaq.
The area around Tasiilaq is known for its cod fishing. Tourist trips are usually done by boat, and the guides will know the best places to bring home the biggest catch.
The local grocery store is called "Pilersuisoq", and located in the town centre. You can buy souvenirs and furs in any of the hotels. Hiking and camping supplies are available at the campground.
There is a bar by the harbour and another at Hotel Angmagssalik.
There is also a nightclub called Klubben near the Valley of Flowers.
Accommodation is very expensive, like everywhere in the Arctic. You can stay in The Red House hotel or Hotel Ammassalik, which are very comfortable and clean. Food is of exceptional quality in the hotel.
The Red House hotel also runs the nearby campground, right across from the heliport, which makes for a more affordable option.
Alternatively, you can stay with a local family, or rent a hut in Tasiilaq. The hotels can help you organize any of these.