The quaint and peaceful town of Tasiilaq is found on the eastern coast of Greenland, surrounding by dramatic, towering mountains and intersected by a majestic river. The town is located within Flower valley and a spectacular fjord which creates a natural harbour, emptying into the North Atlantic Ocean. Tasiilaq is the biggest town on the Greenlandic island of Ammassalik and is particularly popular with tourists due to its beautiful variety of flora and fauna as well as the region’s impressive and imposing natural landscape. Tasiilaq’s native population are very welcoming and appreciative of tourists, so visitors will find a friendly atmosphere once they arrive in the area. This warm ambience is complimented by the range of natural and man-made attractions that have made the town so popular with the people of Greenland and tourists from across the world.
Sightseeing in Tasiilaq
The tranquil town of Tasiilaq offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern city life, within a remote and friendly town setting, nestled amongst the beautiful fjords of Greenland. Although the area may be small, this can work in favour of tourists as they will be able to cover most of the town’s most significant sightseeing opportunities and tourist attractions on foot. Further afield, hiking along the hills and fjords that surround the town is very popular, as well as an array of exhilarating coastal activities available to guests, such as sailing, fishing and kayaking. Visitors will find plenty to see and do when they call in the marvellous Greenlandic port of Tasiilaq as they cruise the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Ammassalik Museum is housed in what was originally the region’s very first church building, constructed high above the harbour in 1908. The museum contains a collection of fascinating artefacts and exhibits celebrating the both the recent and ancient history of the area.
Built in 1985, the town’s newest pentagonal church boasts stunning contemporary architecture and design. The inner walls, alter and ceiling of the church were decorated by renowned Greenlandic artist, Aka Hoegh. The kneelers within the structure are made from seal skin and adorned with authentic Greenlandic illustrations created by native craftswomen.
Adjacent to the Ammassalik Tourist Office is the Greenland’s philatelic department, which is in charge of issuing the nation’s stunning collection of stamps. The establishment is one of Greenland’s largest and most significant employers and visitors are invited to take a tour of the facility in order to learn more about department’s roles within the local society.
Shopping in Tasiilaq
The main local shop in Tasiilaq is named Pilersuisoq and is the best place in town to purchase authentic local gifts and souvenirs as well as a range of general provisions and amenities.
Eating Out in Tasiilaq
Several cosy eating establishments can be found around the centre of town, at which visitors can order a range of delicious dishes and scrumptious meals, from familiar international cuisine to a variety of local favourites, guaranteed to suits everyone’s tastes.