Information about Aasiaat
Experience the land famous for it seas, as arctic sea creatures, play hide and seek between the waves and icebergs. Aasiaat known for its waters, marvelous mountains, ocean of opportunities to experience Greenland and it’s great sea wonders.
History & Background
Aasiaat is in the southern part of the Disko Bay, holding around 3000 inhabitants. Situated on a picturesque archipelago, Aasiaat offers unique opportunities for experiencing the nature of Greenland, both winter and summer. Inhabiting the neighboring seas of the town, are arctic sea creatures in all sizes and shapes. Whale watching is a popular activity, book a tour or befriend a local to go on a whale safari around the skerries. Visit the whale graveyard, holding spectacular skeletons of the whales and explore the fjords, running through the archipelagoes.
The town is packed with history, as it was founded in the early colonial period. To prevent European whalers from trading tusk, Niels Rasch Egede established the town, since then it has endured prosperity and adversity. Explore the old colonial buildings, where you also find Aasiaat Museum, which specialises in cultural history.
Old colorful houses are spread across the land, following the seashore, therefore an ocean view is inevitable, when in Aasiaat. The ocean view from Aasiaat overlooks the blue sea, with icebergs, slowly passing through the town, on their journey to the ocean.
In the summer Aasiaat is the gate to a kayaking paradise, due to the skerries surrounding the town. Small untouched and uninhabited islands, are spread around the neighboring sea of Aasiaat, creating an oasis of peacefulness and calmness. Explore the small islands, their beauty, and take advantage of the midnight sun, overlaying beautiful Aasiaat. Raw, naked and untouched cliffs are to be explored in the summertime. If looking for an in-town adventure, participate in the annual midnight sun marathon. Run through 42 km of arctic tundra, under the midnight sun, and end your evening with a celebration of dancing to Greenlandic live music.
If visiting Aasiaat in the winter join on a dogsled tour and swish through the frozen landscape dressed in traditional inuit winter attire. Listen to the rhythmic sound of the dog paws moving along the snow-covered terrain. Participate in the local activity of jumping off and on the sled. While sledding through the landscape, stop by a frozen lake and drill a hole in the ice with a local fisherman and wait patiently for a catch on your hook. Ice fishing is not just fishing, for while patiently waiting you will be surrounded by raw and untouched nature, enchanting you to explore more of this mesmerizing country.
Aasiaat will not disappoint, with the outstanding view and options to explore the authentic Arctic nature.
What to see & what to do in Aasiaat
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