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These Photos Show Why East Greenland Is a Hidden Gem


What’s even more remote than visiting the sparsely populated nation of Greenland? Try visiting East Greenland. When the largest town has 2,000 people, you can expect having plenty of space to enjoy the scenery. The scenery is remarkable, too, with giant icebergs, glaciers, and ice floes moving through the sea. The outdoor activities are many, with dog-sledding being one of the best. And despite the slim population, there are people to meet. Here’s a glimpse of what the region has to offer.

Spot the settlement of Tinit

Greenland’s landscape is so overwhelming, that sometimes it looks like no one lives here. The tiny settlement of Tiniteqilaaq (Tinit) in East Greenland can be spotted just barely where the two landmasses meet, placed on the lower part of a small peninsula. One of the smaller communities in the Ammassalik area, the population is diminishing each year with 111 people living there now.

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Fishermen at work

It doesn’t matter how impressive the scenery is – these fishermen are just doing their everyday job.

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Tasiilaq

At a time when space is a problem in most of the world, there’s no problem here. Tasiilaq is the biggest town in East Greenland with 2,000 residents. Living close to the nature by hunting, fishing, hiking, sailing, and dog sledding is not just a necessity, but a way of life.

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Iceberg and fishing boat

Greenland’s icebergs are to the sea what trees are to the forest. It’s possible to sail through the Sermilik fjord in East Greenland, where huge icebergs float by. Each iceberg is unique, and the fishermen must know how to read each one to determine how safe it is to get close to.

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Dog sledding Ammassalik Island

In winter, it’s possible to travel via dog sled through large parts of East Greenland. With high peaks and deep snow crevasses, the East Greenlandic dog sled needs to be light and durable in order to pass through all of nature’s elements.

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Passenger traffic at Sermilik ice fjord

Instead of vehicles and pedestrians, the fishermen weave between icebergs and ice floes. To get from one town to another, Greenlanders need to either fly, sail, or dog sled. There still can be traffic jams, though. Sailing from Tiniteqilaaq from the main town of Tasiilaq can take anywhere between a few hours to a whole day depending on the intensity of the sea ice.

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Dogs at play

The Greenland dog is a special pure breed only found in this country. Immensely strong dogs, they have the dexterity to power through deep blizzarding snow and icy terrains. When they are pups they have a bit more time to play.

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Soccer fans

Soccer is just as vital a part of the local culture as local food, sailing and dog sledding. These fans are supporting the Isortoq IT-80 old boys.

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