The Ammassalik Fjord area in East Greenland is not only one of the most stunning Arctic sceneries but also the location of several fascinating settlements.
I have told here in U.T. about Tasiilaq, the main town, Kulusuk, Kuummiuut. And north of Kuummiuut, on its own fiord, Sermiligaaq comes next.
The village of Sermiligaaq may be the smallest in Ammassalik - but it is the door to spectacular inland glaciers.
Sermiligaaq, meaning "the beautiful glacier fiord", is situated on a peninsula facing the fiord of the same name, about 100 km north of Tasiilaq.
Population: ~ 220
Coordinates: 65°54′ N, 36°22′ W
- just north of the arctic circle
The little group of colourful wooden houses lies on the southern slope of a large rocky promontory.
Houses are scattered uphill and linked by wooden staircases and boardwalks - no roads here, of course.
Sermiligaaq has a small store, a school and a community center. Because of the area's incredible beauty, several tour operators offer kayak tours of the bay.
With just over 200 inhabitants, this is still an active hunting and fishing village. As the settlement does not have a production facility, fishing and catch is sent to the factory in the nearby Kuummiut.
The Fiord and the Glaciers
Sermiligaaq Fjord, two glaciers calve into its waters: the large Knud Rasmussen, and the smaller Karale glacier (top right).
The Knud Rasmussen glacier
About 3 km long, with a 1000 m wide and 40 m high water front.