Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat is a town of Greenland , chief town of the municipality of Qaasuitsup . Its population, Ilulissat is the third town in the country with 20 111 inhabitants in 4546 .

Until 31 December 2008 , it was the capital of the municipality of Ilulissat. Since 1 January 2009, it belongs to the new municipality of Qaasuitsup .

The city of Ilulissat is also known for hosting the famous Fjord where the flow iceberges among the largest in the world , Fjord UNESCO World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.

Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland


The archaeological site of Sermermiut is one of the largest Greenland. It contains the remains of cultures Saqqaq , Dorset and Thule.

The Ilulissat region was an important hunting area , named Nordrseta for the Vikings between the tenth century, the Inuit arrived in the thirteenth century.

Before the arrival of Europeans in the seventeenth century , was an important Sermermiut Inuit encampment of about 250 souls. The modern city was built by missionaries in 1741 under the name of Jakobshavn ( founder Jakob Severin ) and in particular its prosperity based on whaling and whale oil production .


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