Tasiilaq: A Workers' Town in a Vacationer's Heaven

2

This summer, I found myself in Tasiilaq, Greenland. This metropole is the capitol of the east side of Greenland. Here are a few of my impressions.

Credits: stratski

This summer, I visited Greenland and one of the places we visited was the town of Tasiilaq. Located on the east coast of Greenland, it’s the district capital, and the biggest town on the east coast. Don’t let this fact fool you though, Tasiilaq is tiny. It crams all the stuff a decent town needs (hospital, schools, shops, etc.) into what elsewhere in the world would be considered a sleepy little village.

Credits: stratski

After spending ten days in the untouched wilderness of eastern Greenland, entering Tasiilaq can be a bit of a shock. This is definately a working town: no frills, just straightforward square houses and utilitarian buildings. Dogs were chained everywhere, waiting for winter when they would be needed for sledges again. Stuff people don’t need, gets discarded: dead boats, bits of sleds, rubbish — it’s everywhere. The local campsite was actually crammed between the heliport and the giant smoking garbage tip. So much for the great outdoors.

Credits: stratski

Still, it wasn’t all bad. The people were generally very friendly, and happy enough to see some outsiders. Being pretty far away from basicly everywhere else, a change of faces tends to be welcomed, I guess.

Far away.

The one big redeeming quality of Tasiilaq is its surroundings. The fjords and mountains all around are spectacular. The emptiness is very impressive, especially to a group of western Europeans used to people, roads, houses, power lines (in short, civilization) all around.

You may think Greenland is nothing but snow and ice, but in summer it can be a pretty friendly place full of flowers and sunshine. There’s some very pleasant hiking to be done near Tasiilaq, along the fjords, to some lovely clear lakes where you can fish or look for polar foxes. And looking at icebergs floating by never gets old.

Credits: stratski

Dying to visit Tasiilaq? Well, you’ll have to travel via the town of Kulusuk, on a neighbouring island, where the international airport is located. Then you’ll either have to charter a boat or go by helicopter. The boat is a pleasant half-hour ride in good weather (as I experienced), or a two-hour hell ride in stormy weather (as a couple of French hikers I met experienced). The helicopter is only a ten minute ride, but ten extremely cool minutes (well, I thought so anyway, it was my first helicopter ride ever).

Credits: stratski

All in all, Tasiilaq may not have been the highlight of my vacation, I’m still glad I visited it.

written by stratski on 2012-12-10 in #world #locations #north #travel #urban-adventures #greenland #tasiilaq #arctic

2 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Thank you for sharing this opportunity of a lifetime. I have dreamed of visiting places as remote as these.

  2. totsytea
    totsytea ·

    Enjoyed the read and the pics, thanks :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Watering Holes: Dive Bars in New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia

    written by apneet on 2014-10-08 in #world #locations
    Watering Holes: Dive Bars in New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia

    Here are film photos of my favorite dive bars in a few of my favorite East Coast cities.

    4
  • A Salute to the Masters: Un Paese, August 2014 (A Tribute to Paul Strand)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-13 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Un Paese, August 2014 (A Tribute to Paul Strand)

    This is a tribute to a founding father of photography, the American photographer Paul Strand. In 1955, he released ​a book about Luzzara, a small town in central Italy, in collaboration with the famous neo-realist screenwriter Cesare Zavattini. To pay homage to this great artist, this summer I personally went to Luzzara to take a series of photos that shows the changes in this little town 60 years after the work of Strand was published.

  • The New Petzval Lens: For Portraits with Swirly Bokeh

    written by wesco on 2014-11-27 in #reviews
    The New Petzval Lens: For Portraits with Swirly Bokeh

    My brother purchased the new Petzal lens by Lomography and Zenit through the Kickstarter campaign. Last spring, I was able to borrow it for a few weeks. Read on to find out my first impressions of this portrait lens!

  • Shop News

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    Process your LomoKino films the right way! Get scans, movie and negatives. This is the easiest way to turn those movie rolls into completed masterpieces! Check this service now!(Service availability depends on your markets)

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Fun Under the Sun: How I Like to Spend My Summer

    written by jutei on 2014-07-14 in #lifestyle
    Fun Under the Sun: How I Like to Spend My Summer

    Here in Finland winter is freezing, dark, and seemingly lasts forever. Summer is quite short so you have to make the best of it while you can. Here's how I like to spend my summer.

  • Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-23 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!

    2
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • An Insider's Look at 1990s Underground New York

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-03 in #world #lifestyle
    An Insider's Look at 1990s Underground New York

    After Ash Thayer got booted out of her Brooklyn apartment in 1992, she moved to the neglected part of town with a group of Lower East Side outcasts. Her photo book "Kill City" is a rare access into their little rundown world.

  • Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    written by sinema on 2014-07-07 in #lifestyle
    Fresh From the Lab: The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, My First Medium Format Film

    This is my experience with the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (120), my first medium format film. It's an adventure that started when I got a Lubitel 2, to finally shoot with it. In this article, you'll find detailed information about color schemes, the advantages of shooting in medium format, and the differences between standard redscale films. Here are the results of a day of shooting outside, which I recently got back from the lab.

  • Fresh from My Darkroom: The Secular Fair in Alzate Brianza

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-15 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from My Darkroom: The Secular Fair in Alzate Brianza

    Every year in the beginning of September, a small Italian town situated a few miles from my city of Como hosts an ancient fair dedicated to the Virgin Mary: the Fair of Our Lady of Rogoredo. This series of images fresh from my darkroom was taken using a roll of HP5+ film loaded inside my wonderful Horizon Perfekt.

  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-06 in #gear #reviews
    Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.

  • My Week In Film: December 15th-21st, 2014

    written by alienmeatsack on 2015-01-06 in #lifestyle
    My Week In Film: December 15th-21st, 2014

    Another week in film done. This week, I have more Instax, some Konstruktor, a failed triple exposure of myself and shooting film for international film swaps. And this is just the stuff I’m telling you about.

    4
  • My Day in Analogue: Lazy Summer Days at Home

    written by jokelangens on 2014-08-27 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue: Lazy Summer Days at Home

    Every summer, my soul screams for a lazy, hot day back at my parents' home, for some good food, relaxation, and catching up with childhood friends. This year is no different, so I went back down to my small hometown in the very northeast of Belgium to enjoy a perfect laid back day doing nothing and everything. And of course, I brought my analogue cameras along to eternalize all of these small but grand moments in life.