Year of 2017

Uummannaq, Greenland

It can get a little chilly living in a country that’s mainly covered in ice. But the community of Uummannaq, in northwest Greenland, comes with the perk of having Santa as a neighbor. Children here believe that Father Christmas spends his summers nearby in Spraglebugten Bay. It’s a logical destination for the big, jolly guy. Greenland, the world’s largest island, is home to the world’s largest national park—a definite perk for someone who travels with reindeer.

Uummannaq is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality, in northwestern Greenland. With 1,282 inhabitants in 2013, it is the eleventh-largest town in Greenland, and is home to the country’s most northerly ferry terminal. Founded in 1763 as Omenak, the town is a hunting and fishing base, with a canning factory and a marble quarry. In 1932 the Universal Greenland-Filmexpedition with director Arnold Fanck realized the film SOS Eisberg near Uummannaq.
Population: 1,242 (2016)
Uummannaq distance
Uummannaq (far left) dwarfed by Uummannaq mountain