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Aasiaat Egedesminde Greenland Cruise Port Guide


As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore.

Aasiaat makes a good base for whale watching, kayaking and gentle hiking during the summer months and for cross-country skiing in spring.

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Aasiaat is situated on an island in the southern part of Disko Bay at the edge of a very beautiful archipelago often referred to as "The land of a thousand islands". Many of the islands in the area are conservation areas and provide fantastic opportunities to study the unique bird life or the whales that were the original reason why Aasiaat was founded in the middle of the 18th century.

In terms of culture, Aasiaat offers an old quarter that is home to both a museum and a community center that is decorated with 24 paintings by the world-renowned painter Per Kirkeby. The sea is regularly frequented by humpback whales during the summer months, and Aasiaat's archipelagos are particularly popular destinations for excursions by boat or by kayak. During the winter months, intrepid guests can try their hand at cross-country skiing on prepared slopes or trips by snowmobile or dogsled.

Aasiaat's history
Aasiaat – or Egedesminde – was originally founded in 1759 by Niels Egede, son of the well-known Christian missionary Hans Egede, in order to better be able to deal with the extensive bartering that went on between European whalers and the native population. In 1763, the settlement was moved 125 km (80 miles) to the north to its present location. Aasiaat has two fascinating museums: a local museum with the focus on Inuit history and the town's past and a shipping museum devoted to Greenland's coastal traffic.

In Greenlandic, Aasiaat means "Spiders". although spiders are rarely seen in the town

Tours Excursions Transportation:

In Greenland there are no roads connecting the towns, so all transport takes place by plane or by ship. The Arctic climate, which at times can be extreme, places great demands on safety during transport, demands which Greenland's transport companies satisfy in full. When traveling over shorter distances outside the towns the local population uses their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles.

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Souvenirs from Greenland are unique, handmade works of art the like of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each product is shaped and designed by a Greenlandic artist, who manages to follow tradition and custom, whilst at the same time creating unique works incorporating his or her own ideas and skills. As a visitor, you will have plenty of opportunities to find precisely what you are looking for.


Credit cards can be used at many hotels, restaurants and shops, but it is recommended that you bring a small amount of Danish kroner with you to Greenland, as some ATM's may not be in service at the weekend.

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As a visitor to Greenland you will find that you understand absolutely nothing when Greenlandic is spoken – or ‘kalaallisut', as it is called, which actually means ‘the Greenlanders' language'.

Danish is more or less the second language. English less so.

Internet and e-mail – take your laptop with you Hotspots have been established in most major hotels so that you can access the Internet. There are Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers in a number of the bigger towns and at several tourist offices, it is also possible to check your web mail.

The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800

Opening Hours and Holidays:

In the major towns supermarkets are typically open on weekdays from 10:00 – 17:30, on Fridays until 18:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. In many towns, however, there are corner shops and grocer's shops that have longer opening hours and which are also open on Sundays.

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