Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, in northern Greenland is one of the world's northernmost civilian settlements, topped only by Longyearbyen on Svalbard and a few military bases. Getting here will be a challenge, as permits may be required for use of the nearby Thule Airbase, under U.S. control.
The alternative name for this settlement is Thule, a name still used by the nearby airbase. The word comes from the Latin "Ultima Thule", meaning the far North land.
PermissionA permission to enter or travel through Thule Air Base can (cs of April 2007) be obtained by sending an application to the foreign affairs department in Denmark. Details can be found (only in Danish) at the national ombudsman's homepage.
If you live outside Greenland or do not have Danish citizenship then you must provide the following information:
- Birthday and birthplace
- Permanent address
- Purpose of the journey
- Place of residence during your stay
- Name of the travel agency through which the ticket will be/has been booked.
Applications can be sent or faxed to:
Asiatisk Plads 2
1448 København K
Telefax: +45 33 92 01 70
By planeAir Greenland flies twice per week from Upernavik, which has flights from Ilulissat. These flights are very expensive.
By footThe town's pretty small, and you should be able to get around it on foot.
Qaanaaq Museumphone: +299 971473Features paintings, sculptures, carvings and photographs from the historic Thule trading station.
phone: +299-971234Only hotel in town, has a handful of no-frill rooms and shared bathroom. If fully booked they can help out with arranging other accommodation. Boasts its own small restaurant serving up both lunch and dinner.