Welcome to Kangerlussuaq
Nestled at the confluence of two rivers thundering from the Russell Glacier, Kangerlussuaq is a gateway to remarkable hiking territory. It's one of Greenland’s best places to spot wildlife, thanks to an introduced population of muskoxen that grows stronger by the year. Local wildlife guides estimate as many as 10,000 roam the valleys, along with caribou, snow hares and slate-grey Arctic foxes.
Many visitors experience their first glimpse of Greenland at this airport hub. Founded as an American military base during the Second World War, Kangerlussuaq very much retains that vibe. It’s quiet, buildings are sprinkled over a large area, and the town (if you can call it that) is extremely thin on sights. Nonetheless, a steady trickle of international visitors (most of whom catch a connecting flight straight to Ilulissat) has nurtured some delightful new craft shops and, if you know where to look, quality Greenlandic cuisine.