Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, in northern Greenland is one of the world's northernmost civilian settlements, topped only by the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen and a few military bases. Getting here will be a challenge, as permits may be required for use of the nearby Thule Airbase, under US control.


View over Qaanaaq

The alternative name for this settlement is Thule, a name still used by the nearby airbase. The word comes from the Latin "Ultima Thule", meaning the far North land.

Get in


A permission to enter or travel through Thule Air Base can (As of April 2007) be obtained by sending an application to the foreign affairs department in Denmark. Details can be found (only in Danish) at the national ombudsman's homepage.

If you live outside Greenland or do not have Danish citizenship then you must provide the following information:

Applications can be sent or faxed to:

Asiatisk Plads 2
1448 København K
Telefax: +45 33 92 01 70

By plane

Air Greenland flies twice per week from Upernavik, which has flights from Ilulissat. These flights are very expensive.



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