As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore. Small ships are now also able to dock here.
Sisimiut lies just north of the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter and at the same time the southernmost town in Greenland where it is possible to drive on a dogsled in winter and spring. In Sisimiut's old quarter you can still see buildings from the first 100 years of the colonial period, for instance in the museum area with the portal built of enormous whale jawbones and the blue church, which is Greenland's second-oldest church dating back to 1775.
Sisimiut means "the inhabitants at the foxholes". The town was founded in 1756 as a mission and trading station under the name Holsteinsborg. With its 6,000 inhabitants living in the town of Sisimiut and the settlements of Kangerlussuaq, Sarfannguaq and Itilleq, Sisimiut is Greenland's second biggest municipality today. A high-tech factory, where prawns and crabs are processed, is evidence of the fact that fishing continues to be the main industry in Sisimiut.
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 travelling over shorter distances outside the towns the local population use their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles.
At the foot of Sisimiut's landmark, the 784-metre (2,572 feet) high mountain, "Kællingehætten" (literally "old woman's cowl"), there are fine opportunities for alpine skiing in winter and spring and the town is also a prime place to go dog sledding. In summer you can walk to the top of "Kællingehætten" and be rewarded with a fantastic view of the town, the sea, the mountains and the abandoned settlement of Assaqutaq. The ice-free sea around Sisimiut and some of Greenland's deepest fjords also attract visitors wishing to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals
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 opportunity 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 ATMs may not be in service at the weekend.
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 Internet cafés 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
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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