Kitsissuarsuit
Hunde Ejlande
Kitsissuarsuit is located in Greenland
Kitsissuarsuit
Kitsissuarsuit
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 68°51′25″N 53°07′15″W / 68.85694°N 53.12083°W / 68.85694; -53.12083Coordinates: 68°51′25″N 53°07′15″W / 68.85694°N 53.12083°W / 68.85694; -53.12083
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Greenland
MunicipalityQeqertalik
Founded1830
Population
 (2020)
 • Total50
Time zoneUTC-03
Postal code
3950 Aasiaat

Kitsissuarsuit (old spelling: Kitsigsuarssuit) is a settlement in Qeqertalik municipality in western Greenland. The settlement was formerly founded in 1830 as Hunde Ejlande or Dog's Island,[1] although it had already been used as a whaling station since 1817.[2] Its population was 50 in 2020.[3]

Geography

Kitsissuarsuit is located on a small, 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi) island in southern Disko Bay, 21 km (13.0 mi)[4] north of Aasiaat.

Transport

Air

Main article: Kitsissuarsuit Heliport

Air Greenland serves the village as part of government contract, with winter-only helicopter flights from Kitsissuarsuit Heliport to Aasiaat Airport.[5] Settlement flights in the Disko Bay region are unique in that they are operated only during winter and spring.

Sea

During summer and autumn, when the waters of Disko Bay are navigable, communication between settlements is by sea only, serviced by Diskoline.[6] The ferry links Kitsissuarsuit with Aasiaat and Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island.

Population

The population of Kitsissuarsuit has decreased by over 37 percent relative to the 1990 levels, and by over 28 percent relative to the 2000 levels.[7]

Kitsissuarsuit population dynamics
Kitsissuarsuit population growth dynamics in the last two decades. Source: Statistics Greenland[7]

References

  1. ^ Ross, James. Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage, and of a Residence in the Arctic Regions During the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. A.W. Webster, 1835.
  2. ^ Qaasuitsup Municipality (in Danish)
  3. ^ "Population by Localities". Statistical Greenland.
  4. ^ Aasiaat Museum[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Booking system". Air Greenland. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  6. ^ Diskoline timetable Archived 2009-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Statistics Greenland Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine