The Upernavik Archipelago is a vast coastal archipelago in the Upernavik municipality in northwestern Greenland (Qaasuitsup region), off the eastern shores of Baffin Bay.
The archipelago extends up from 71° 50′N to the southern end of Melville Bay, at approximately 74° 50′ N.
Hunting boat, Melville Bay. Most inuit here live on fishing and hunting on the Bays.
Aappilattoq, Upernavik municipality.
Aappilattoq is a small fishing and hunting village, founded in 1805 on a small island of the Upernavik archipelago.
Coordinates: 72° 53′ N, 55° 36′ W
Population: ~ 200
The beauty of the scenery is a blessing; but homes have no running water, stores close at 4 pm and internet connections are too slow; leisure time is hard to pass.
Aappilattoq became a trading post in the 1850s. Most of the village's inhabitants are engaged in fishing halibut and hunting seal or beluga all year round, as the sea around Aappilattoq is normally ice-free in winter.
Most of the services are located at Upernavik, the last town this far North, where even in wintertime supplies can be obtained by helicopter, snowmobile or dogsled; but still Aappilattoq has a school, a store, a kiosk, and since 1964 a fish factory for some jobs other than traditional fishing and hunting.
The main trades include fishing, sealing and whaling, which employ most of the settlement’s inhabitants. The main catches are halibut and seals, which can be caught almost all year around.
Some winter images from the surrounding archipelago: