Ilulissat: Colorful Greenland
Ilulissat is the third largest town in Greenland, after Nuuk and Sisimiut, with a population of 4,546. The citizens are joined by at least 6,000 sled dogs, which means that Ilulissat is somewhat of a Mecca for dogsledding.
It is also the birthplace of Knud Rasmussen (1879–1933), the father of Eskimology. Rasmussen was the first man to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled.
In direct translation, Ilulissat is the Kalaallisut word “Icebergs”.
The picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord has made Ilulissat Greenland’s most popular tourist destination and tourism is now the town’s principal industry.
- christina billmann (70degreeswest-explore.com)
- From the Arctic to the Rio Grande (we-make-money-not-art.com)