Unforgettable Journey on a Dog Sled
Greenland´s East Coast in Winter
Ammassalik Island is located in the King Christian IX Land region. Separating Ammassalik Island from the mainland of Greenland are the wide Sermilik Fjord in the west and the Ikaasartivaq Strait in the northeast. To the east and southeast, the progressively wider southern half of the Ammassalik Fjord separates the island from the remainder of the eponymous Ammassalik Archipelago. Islands in the archipelago include Kulusuk Island, across the Torsuut Tunoq sound, and Apusiaajik Island, the largest. Ammassalik Island’s southern coast borders the Irminger Sea, a marginal sea of the open North Atlantic. The town of Tasiilaq is located on the island’s southeastern side. The highest point of the island is a glaciated peak in the northern part, at 1,352 m (4,435.7 ft). The only permanently inhabited settlement on the island is Tasiilaq town on the south coast of the island, with 1,893 inhabitants as of 2009, the most populous community on the eastern coast, and the seventh-largest town in Greenland. The research station Sermilik is located 15 km northwest of Tasiilaq on the west coast. Ammassalik Municipality was a former municipality of Greenland. It is now part of Sermersooq Municipality.