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.
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.
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:
- Birthday and birthplace
- Permanent address
- Purpose of the journey
- Place of residence during your stay
- Name of the travel agency through which the ticket will be/has been booked.
Applications can be sent or faxed to:
Udenrigsministeriet Asiatisk Plads 2 1448 København K Denmark Telefax: +45 33 92 01 70
- Qaanaaq Museum, ☎ +299 971473. Features paintings, sculptures, carvings and photographs from the historic Thule trading station.
- Hotel Qaanaaq, ☎ +299-971234, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only hotel in town, has a handful of no-frill rooms and shared bathroom. If fully booked they can help out with arranging other accommodation. Boasts its own small restaurant serving up both lunch and dinner.