The main community and administrative centre of Avanersuaq is situated on the north coast of Inglefield Fiord. It was founded in 1952 following the Danish authorities decision to move the Inughuit from their home village Uummannaq (Dundas) because of its close proximity to Thule Air Base. It was at Uummannaq or “Thule” as they called it, after the latin name “Ultima Thule” (faraway unknown region) that Explores Knud Rasmussen and Peter Freuchen established the district’s first trading post in 1910.
Qaanaaq is a modern community with a hotel, shop, and a post office. It offers magnificent views of Inglefield Fiord with its massive Icebergs. It has a fine museum which is housed in the former home of the famous Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen.
Qaanaaq from the South