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Uummannaq (Danish: Umanak) is a city in Western Greenland. Uummannaq is a town of about 1,300 people with another 1,300 residing in the surrounding settlements. The main industry in the area is fishing for halibut, which has recently overtaken hunting as the principal industry for the town. The town is about 500 km north of the Arctic Circle, and the midnight sun is experienced from mid-May through August.

Uummannaq is on a heartshaped island, hence its name, heartlike place.

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Airgreenland flies from Ilulissat and Qaanaaq to the nearby airport at Qaarsut. From there a helicopter will take you to the heliport in Uummannaq. The easiest way to get to Uummannaq is to take a flight from Kangerlussuaq to Qaarsut with a layover in either Aasiaat or Ilulissat. Then take the 10-minute helicopter flight to Uummannaq, in the winter the journey from Qaarsut is easy by car, but by air is faster.

Map of Uummannaq

The city can be traversed on foot. The surrounding region can in the summer be visited by boat, and in winter by dogsled or snowmobile. Dog sleds are used during the winter months to travel around the city, to fishing sites, and to the nearby settlements.

  • Uummannaq Museum, Alfred Berthelsenip Aqq. B-9, P.O. Box 26, 3961 Uummannaq, Greenland, +299 95 44 61, e-mail: iku@uummannaq.gl. A small museum in town’s former hospital dating back to 1880 containing historical artifacts and traditional Inuit art. The museum also features an exhibition of copies of the costumes and mummies from the Qilakitsoq mummies found nearby. The museum also features exhibitions from Alfred Wegener’s expedition of the area. 
  • Whales. Whale safaris are available in Uummannaq from July through the fall. The fjord that surrounds Uummannaq is a whale watchers paradise. There is a good chance to see minke, humpback, fin, and killer whales while on these safaris. (updated Nov 2018)
  • Midnight Sun. Travelers can experience the midnight sun in Uummannaq from May 17th to July 28th. (updated Nov 2018)
  • Qilakitsoq Mummies. First discovered in 1972 near the old winter settlement Qilakitsoq, these mummies date from 1475. The mummies are on exhibition at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. It is still possible to visit the site where they were found. (updated Nov 2018)

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