Sisimiut in 1980
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Sisimiut, known as a coastal pearl on the Arctic Circle, is located immediately north of Arctic Circle. It is a town at the northern tip of Greenland where the harbour stays free from ice in winter seasons and Greenland’s southernmost town at the same time where you can be able to drive a dog sled in spring and winter. In the old quarter of Sisimiut, you can still find buildings that date back from the colonial era’s 1st one hundred years. An example is in the museum vicinity with the portal constructed of huge whale jawbones and a blue church, which is the second oldest church in Greenland dating back to year 1775.

At the base of a landmark in Sisimiut is the 2,572-foot (784 metres) high mountain called Kællingehætten, which literally means old woman’s cowl. The town offers great chances for alpine skiing in spring and winter and is also a primary site for dog sledding. In summer season, you can hike to the peak of the mountain and be returned with an excellent view of the mountains, the sea, the town and the deserted settlement in Assaqutaq. The ice-barren sea about Sisimiut and a number of Greenland’s deep fjords also draw tourists desiring to sail in the waters that are abode to a lot of seals and whales.

The meaning of Sisimiut is “the residents at the foxholes”. The municipality was founded in the year 1756 as a trading station and mission under the name of Holsteinsborg. There are 6000 residents that dwell in the municipality of Sisimiut and settlements of Itilleq, Sarfannguaq and Kangerlussuaq. An advanced factory, where crabs and prawns are processed, is proof of the truth that fishing goes on to be the primary industry in the town of Sisimiut.

How does one arrive at Sisimiut? Air Greenland travels to Sisimiut through the international airport located at Kangerlussuaq. There are customary flights into the other municipalities on the west coast of Greenland from Kangerlussauq. The passenger ship of Arctic Umiaq Line, which has a service scheduled between Ilulissat in the north and Qaqortoq in South Greenland, calls at Sisimiut as well.

Daredevils who have a lot of time on their hands and are physically fit can try the especially well-known hiking road between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq as well, which takes 8 to 10 days. Throughout the winter season, visitors can track the same course on a snowmobile or dogsled.

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