Itilleq (or Itivdleq) is a settlement in central-western Greenland, located 45 km south of Sisimiut on the shores of Davis Strait, in an archipelago surrounded by steep, alpine mountains.
Itilleq means "crossing place".
Coordinates: 66° 34′ N, 53° 30′ W
(some hundred meters north of the Arctic Circle)
Itilleq is an Arctic Circle village, situated quite close to the 66° 33′ 44'' magical Northern line.
Itilleq was founded in 1847, and was still an unknown place not long ago. The opening of the Northwest artic sea route and the coastal ferry service bringing tourists had an important impact and changed radically the lifestyle - new school, store and other facilities.
Fram cruise ship often calls for a visit to Itilleq
The people in the village mostly live off hunting and fishing, and cruise ships and minicruisers stop by in the summer while groups of heliskiers use the mountains around Itilleq for spectacular backcountry skiing in the deep Spring snow.
The main trade in the settlement is fishing and hunting, with a fish factory being the principal employer in the settlement.
Royal Arctic Line ferries provides weekly ferry services to coastal towns in southwestern and southern Greenland.