Illorsuit is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 71°14′30″N 53°34′00″W / 71.24167°N 53.56667°W / 71.24167; -53.56667Coordinates: 71°14′30″N 53°34′00″W / 71.24167°N 53.56667°W / 71.24167; -53.56667
Sovereign state Kingdom of Denmark
Autonomous country Greenland
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Time zoneUTC-03
Postal code
3961 Uummannaq

Illorsuit (old spelling: Igdlorssuit) is a former settlement in Avannaata municipality, in western Greenland. Located on the northeastern shore of Illorsuit Island − northwest of Uummannaq at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord − the settlement had 91 inhabitants in 2010.[1] Illorsuit achieved widespread attention when it experienced a severe tsunami on June 17, 2017, due to a magnitude 4.1 earthquake located north of the city.[2] It was abandoned in 2018.


Main article: Illorsuit Heliport

Air Greenland serves the village as part of government contract, with mostly cargo helicopter flights from Illorsuit Heliport to Nuugaatsiaq and Uummannaq.[3]


The population of Illorsuit has dropped by 28 percent relative to the 1990 levels, and by nearly 17 percent relative to the 2000 levels, reflecting a general trend in the region.[1]

Illorsuit population dynamics
Illorsuit population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[1]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c "Population in localities January by locality, age, gender and place of birth 1977–2010". Statistics Greenland. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "Frightening Video of Moment Tsunami Hits Greenland's West Coast".
  3. ^ "Booking system". Air Greenland. Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  4. ^ The Stormy Petrel of American Art