Information about Upernavik

Mysterious, but yet enchanting, lies Upernavik in a bay of skerries. An empire for explorers, a paradise for kayakers and a heaven for wildlife-enthusiast, is waiting to be explored in the skerries of Upernavik. Walk in the footsteps of the famous polar explorer Peter Freuchen and explore vanished ages, within Upernavik.

Upernavik Town & Area

With its 1100 inhabitants and 9 villages, the area safeguards ancient Inuit culture and traditions. The town is founded on an ancient Inuit settlement, used in the springtime and was therefore baptized Upernavik, meaning “The spring place”.

The local community is a pioneering people, adjusting to change of the modern society, but still keeping their values tight and  the changing of the environment. Balancing modern and traditional culture, is distinctive as the traditional hunter, goes home to a heated house with wifi and television. It is a unique sight, as this balance is found nowhere else, than the arctic.

Town History

In the old part of town, lies the world’s most northern open air museum. Holding an old church, a convenience store and other buildings, all established in the colonial period. Specializing in culture history, old means of transportation, such as the kayak is displayed.

Pay a visit to the local church and its graveyard, as the deceased explorer Peter Freuchens wife, rests in the grounds. The burial place is famous for its history, as Navarana never was baptized and the priest refused to bury the deceased wife. Therefore Freuchen stood for the burial himself, creating a distinctive gravesite for his beloved wife.  

Winter adventures

The raw and harsh wilderness 600 kilometers north of the polar circle, composes adventurous conditions appealing to every explorer.  Exploring Upernavik in the winter, is best by dogsled or snowmobile, as almost unreachable locations allow, the conveyances to pass the untouched winter snow. Experiencing man and dog sufficing each other for survival, while sitting on the sled listening to the rhythmic dog paws running along the winter ice, in Inuit winter attire is a unique insight to the ancient culture of Inuit. Participate in the art of ice fishing with a local or explore the frozen bodies of water in Upernavik bay.

For a more action packed and adrenalin rushing adventure, travel by snowmobile and play around the Upernavik wilderness. The polar night dominates the land in the winter, creating memorable journeys underneath the northern lights.

Summer activities

When summer arrives, kayaking and sailing is favored by all. Allowing out of town adventures by sea, to small villages that are spread across the bay, is an inevitable journey when visiting Upernavik. The small charming villages steals the heart of explorers, with their charm. Dive into the skerries on adventure by kayak and explore untouched and uninhabited islands, while taking advantage of the midnight sun.

For the wildlife enthusiastic, Upernavik holds the world’s largest bird mountain, Apparsuit. Providing perfect conditions for birdlife, the mountains itself is worth a glimpse, as the cliffs rises high above the sea.


For an in-town adventure, conquer the summit of the 151 m tall mountain called the top of life, and enjoy a well deserved view, overlooking the bay and its veins running between the skerries.

What to see & What to do in Upernavik

  • Dog Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting & fishing 
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Navaranas Grave
  • Most northern open air museum

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