Facts about Oqaatsut
Region in Greenland:
- The church in Oqaatsut doubles as its schoolhouse and there are usually around 6-8 students.
- Oqaatsut means “cormorants” in the Greenlandic language. Its Danish name was “Rodebay”, which means “Red Bay” as its waters were stained red with blood during the whaling era, when it was a colony.
Oqaatsut has a small Pilersuisoq supermarket that stocks basics. It is best to bring everything you need with you.
Though you may find locals offering souvenirs, you will likely need to buy them in Ilulissat.
Closest ports of entry:
Useful phone numbers:
(+299) 70 14 48 (Ilulissat)
(+299) 94 32 11 (Ilulissat)
Leave the schedule behind and follow your own internal clock to experience a small village feel and more traditional way of life in Oqaatsut. There are no roads in this small fishing settlement so cars are useless and fishing boats are the most prized possessions. Watch from shore or paddle a kayak around the enormous icebergs that originate in the Ilulissat Icefjord and float past the colourful houses, all accompanied by the sound of whale blows and howling sled dogs.