Experience a small, close-knit community who rely on each other and a bounty of arctic wildlife to flourish in Siorapaluk - Greenland's northernmost settlement.
Facts about Siorapaluk
Nearby towns and settlements:
- Siorapaluk’s church also functions as its school and public library
- Siorpaluk means “little sands” in the Greenlandic language. It is also call Hiurapaluk in the Inughuit language
- Like many small settlements in Greenland, some houses do not have a running water supply and water must be collected from a communal “tap house”.
- The now-abandoned Etah, which lies 78km northwest of Siorapaluk, used to be the northernmost settlement in Greenland.
Siorapaluk has one small Pilersuisoq supermarket that stocks basics. It is best to bring everything you need with you.
For souvenirs, seek out locals who sell privately
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New faces are a rare sight in Siorapaluk, the world’s most northerly inhabited Inuit settlement. While electricity, satellite TV and internet provide a window to the outside world, few visitors make it to this small outpost on the northern side of Robertson Fjord at the top of Greenland.
The people of Siorapaluk are mainly hunters. Many of them are descendants of the last migration of Inuit who crossed the ocean from Nunavut to Greenland in the late 1800s. And while modern technology has made life a little easier for them, this is one of the best places in Greenland where you can experience the closest thing to a traditional Inuit way of life.