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Alluitsup Paa, Greenland

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 07, 2009 at 16:55:47

Sydprøven / Alluitsup Paa a calm sunny summerday. The view of the hunters village with the church (the red bigger building) that burned new years eve - municipality of Nanortalik, GreenlandAlluitsup Paa (Danish: Sydprøven) is located one hundred kilometers south of Narsarsuaq. It's a village in southern Greenland (Grønland – also called Kalaallit Nunaat, "Land of the Greenlanders") in the municipality of Kujalleq (Greenlandic: Kommune Kujalleq). Alluitsup Paa is a small settlement with just 500 inhabitants.

Many activities are available in Alluitsup Paa where the main attractions are unspoiled and unpolluted nature, mountain walks, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, Inuit culture and Inuit tradition, arctic flora, animals (polar bears, seals, whale watching, reindeer, musk oxen and birds), summer cruises in the midnight sun, northern light viewing, icebergs, deeply engraved fjords and magnificent glaciers.

The one and only body warm spring/bath in Greenland is just few minutes away from Sydproven. Healing minerals might be the reason why elder people asked for water from this place.You can also bathe outdoors taking a boat trip from Alluitsup Paa to the geothermal hot spring at the island of Uunnartoq. At Uunartoq you can spend time visiting ruins and graves of old Eskimo settlements. From there you can also visit the colorful settlement of Lichtenau, a former missionary station, but now deserted.

With icebergs drifting in the fjord and whales passing by close to the shore, Alluitsup Paa is without a doubt one of the most exotic destinations in South Greenland.

UNESCO World Heritage

Denmark, Greenland, Ilulissat Icefjord

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 29, 2013 at 08:25:13

Location West coast of Greenland, Bay of Disko Bugt (bight), Municipality of Ilulissat, Denmark
Coordinates N69 7 60 W49 30 0
Property 402,400 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description ( )

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

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