An abandoned mining settlement in southeast Greenland, Ivittuut is a fascinating portal into bygone age


Region: Arctic

Destinations: Greenland

The deserted mining town of Ivittuut

Ivittuut was first settled around the late 10th century by medieval Norsemen, but this was ancient history by the time the area became mined for cryolite starting in the 19th century. Ivittuut’s economic importance later led to the building of a nearby naval establishment. Among the area’s raw natural beauty, which is slowly erasing the evidence of human exploitation at Ivittuut, we can see the tokens of how people lived in the previous century. We can sometimes even see a few of the musk oxen that have been introduced into this remote region