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Upernavik is in Northern Greenland. It is home to the largest bird cliff, Apparsuit, and very unique wildlife. The town is situated at 72° North, making the open-air museum of the town the world’s northernmost of its kind. Upernavik’s main industry is fishing. Local settlements are spread across the 450km coastline. The sea is frozen from December to June so the halibut are caught on long lines through the ice. Most anglers travel out to their fishing spots on the ice by snowmobile or dog sled. Tourists can do the same and experience the chance to travel across the ice.


Get in

Several weekly flights are operated from Kangerlussuaq, with a layover in Ilulissat, to Upernavik. Transportation between Upernavik and the surrounding settlements is either by air via helicopter or dog sleds.

Get around

Upernavik is ideal for kayaking or sailing trips along the coast between settlements. The best way to get around the town is by foot, which is easy due to the size.



Dog sledding • The best tourist expedition is over the Davis Strait to the fishing areas used by the local fishermen. This is the only way to reach the sites during the winter when the sea is frozen from December to June.

Kayaking • Kayaks and equipment are easily rented in town, and the nearly 100 lakes in the area are perfect for kayaking. The kayak is still used by local hunters to hunt along the ice edge in the spring and summer months.

Sailing • The most popular sailing options in Upernavik include whale safaris and sailing up into the Upernavik Icefjord. This is a great way to see the spectacular scenery among the icebergs.






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