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Where is Tasiilaq?

The small village of Tasiilaq is situated in Greenland in the Arctic Circle and is home to 2.093 people. This area has the second lowest population density on earth. Only the Antarctic region has fewer inhabitants. Tasiilaq lies on the south-east coast of Greenland in the Irminger Sea on the west side of Kong Oscars Havn, an eight kilometre-long fjord in the south of Ammassalik Island. The island belongs to Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq and is one of the ten largest side islands of Greenland and the Arctic. The literal translation of “Tasiilaq” means “like a peaceful lake” to express the fact that the village is situated at the particularly calm Kong Oscar Havn Fjord.

Tasiilaq can only be reached via sea or air. The nearest official airport is Kulusuk. No roads link the village to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, or to other important villages such as Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Qaanaaq (also called Thule).

Many trips to Eastern Greenland are also possible from Iceland.

What's the Weather Like in Tasiilaq?

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Hotel The Red House in Tasiilaq, Greenland ©Ulrike Fischer
The Red House in Tasiilaq, Greenland ©Ulrike Fischera

What is “The Red House” in Tasiilaq?

The Red House is situated on a hill south of Tasiilaq. The hotel owes its name to the idyllic red façades of the traditional houses in the area. It is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists from all over the world. The panoramic view of King Oscar Fjord and the surrounding mountains and glaciers is fantastic. This is the ideal spot for webcams. Our webcam sends live pictures from this unique region.

The hotel offers a wide range of accommodations, such as hotel rooms, lodges, tents or even a stay with local families. The Red House staff will help you to get all the information needed for accommodation, places of interest and adventurous activities in the area.

Eternal ice in Tasiilaq, Eastgreenland ©Ulrike Fischer
Kajak Activities in Tasiilaq, Eastgreenland ©Ulrike Fischer

What's Going on in Tasiilaq?

The small village in the east of Greenland offers a wide range of adventures in the wild and unspoilt Arctic countryside. Only few tourists come to the snowy village at Kong Oscars Havn during the rough, cold and dark winters. In spring and particularly in summer Tasiilaq comes to life and presents itself as a true paradise for outdoor specialists, offering sports activities off the beaten track, such as dog sled rides through the deserted countryside of the Arctic, ski rides on unspoilt hills, whale watching between icebergs, kayak rides along the fjord and hot tea in the evening while watching polar lights: Tasiilaq is a paradise of nature and untamed beauty in the Arctic.

The diversity of flora and fauna also attracts many scientists who visit Greenland and Ammassalik Island in summer. Whereas Summit Camp is a year-round research station on the apex of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Sermilik Research Station, situated at the basin of Mittivakkat glacier (Mitdluagkat) in the west of Ammasalik Island, is only open in summer and houses up to ten researchers.