You’ll probably hear something about the friendliness of the locals of Ukkusissat long before you ever reach there. A settlement with a population ranging from 90 to 150 residents dependent on the time of the year, this community north-east of Uummannaq is situated 500 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Ukkusissat is isolated by impressive mountains on one side and the imposing icy waters of Greenland on the other.
The Legend of Ukkusissat
Legend has it that in the late 1990s, a ship was sailing by among the icebergs near Uummannaq during summertime, when the captain received a radio call.
“Why don’t you stop by and say hello since you are so close?” asked a voice on the other side. It didn’t take long after the invite was sent for the ship to dock close by, and for Ukkusissat’s first cruise guests to come on shore. It took just one happy meeting to prompt the beginning of a flourishing relationship between cruise ships and Ukkusissat.