Kangerlussuaq

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''', is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality (municipalities of Greenland) located at the head of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord fjord of the same name ( Commons:Category:Kangerlussuaq


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authentic Thai food, curries, burgers, and their famous hot dogs. * There is a take-away pizzeria opposite the airport terminal, next to the Post Office. Mid-range Splurge The 'upscale' restaurant adjacent to the main airport cafeteria (located through the far doors at the end of the cafeteria) is quite pricey, but, offers Very delectible native Greenlandic meals with Reindeer, Musk Ox etc along with a nice glass of wine which is hard to come by. Drink Sleep * '''The Kangerlussuaq Hotel''' is located in a wing of the Kangerlussuaq Airport terminal. * '''The Kangerlussuaq Camping''' is located very near the airport, about 200 yards from the runway. * '''The Kangerlussuaq Youth Hostel''', a.k.a. '''Old Camp''' is located 2 km from the airport and is open year round. Connect Tourist Office the place to go to get information and make arrangements for your trip to Kangerlussuaq. Stay safe Kangerlussuaq is a very small settlement and as such has virtually no crime. Care should be taken when hiking through certain areas during hunting season (try not to look like a caribou). Though, by Greenlandic standards, Kangerlussuaq is blessed with a mild climate, the greatest local danger is probably still posed by the weather in winter. The average ''high'' in January (the best time for seeing the Northern Lights Aurora Borealis ) is -12 C (8 F), and during cold snaps, extended periods around -28 C (-20 F) are not uncommon. Arctic parkas and boots are a must to spend more than a few minutes outside under these conditions. The other local year-round danger is local musk oxen which frequent the area around '''Lake Fergusen''' and '''Black Ridge''' to the south of town. Keep a distance of several tens of meters from any animal, as they often charge without warning and are much faster than their shaggy, ambling appearance belies. If you see a group of musk oxen forming into the typical circle or line defensive formations, with their heads and horns facing you and any young behind the main rank, it means you have been identified as a mortal threat, and you should get away from the area as calmly and quickly as possible. Musk oxen are particularly nervous if you are located uphill from them, so ''never'' approach or pass by from above. A few other dangers are presented by the geography. The river coming from the ice cap, which passes by town and empties into the head of the fjord, has deposited huge silt flats which can be very unstable and present large areas of quicksand indistinguishable from harder sand. For this reason, do not venture out into the river bed, and do not drink the silty water coming from the glacier as the extremely fine silt can wreak havoc on your intestines, and clogs even the best of filters (water in ponds and streams elsewhere is perfectly safe). Finally, if you go to the edge of the inland ice in summer, beware that it is an active glacier and huge calving events can happen at any time, dropping tons of ice accompanied by bursts of pent-up, near-freezing melt water. Keep a safe distance from the edge. It should also be noted that there is no hospital in Kangerlussuaq. While lighter injuries can be treated at the local clinic, serious medical emergencies may require evacuation by air to Sisimiut or Nuuk. Mosquitoes and black flies are a serious problem during the summer months. Bug repellent is a must. Wikipedia:Kangerlussuaq Commons:Category:Kangerlussuaq


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. The Norwegian line Hurtigruten uses Kangerlussuaq as the start and endpoints for their Disko Bay cruises. Get around See thumb Russel's Glacier (File:Inlandeis Russels Gletscher.JPG) thumb Sondrestrom Research Facilty (File:Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility (3).JPG) * The '''Greenland ice sheet''' begins at the upper end of the valley to the east of town and is a spectacular sight to behold. The ice sheet can be reached at the end of the gravel road which leads out

significantly decrease the temperature of the surrounding air, and set up a constant daytime "ice breeze" of cold air blowing from the glacier. The image at the top of the article shows that glacier. * Kangerlussuaq is located under a spot known for strong auroral activity. Visitors during the winter months should be able to see spectacular displays of the '''Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) (Northern Lights)''' at night. Kangerlussuaq's stable weather conditions give a '''99


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#Home rule Greenlandic Home Rule and was renamed using the Kalaallisut (Kalaallisut language) dialect of the West Greenland Inuit (Kalaallisut people). This site and Bluie West-1 in Narsarsuaq remain Greenland's best-equipped airports. Almost all of the permanent structures in the town were built during the American occupation of the site. Population The population of Kangerlussuaq dropped significantly after the liquidation of the Sonderstrom Air Base. Since then it has increased


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jul 26 greenland-ice-sheet-borrowed-time Greenland's ice sheet is melting fast – I'm not surprised. The ice sheet has been living on borrowed time for many years, with dire consequences 26 July 2012 Scientific Research thumb left Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility (File:Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility (5).JPG) right thumb 300px Midnight sun (File:Sugar-loaf-kangerlussuaq-greenland.jpg) under Sugar Loaf, Kangerlussuaq

information about the arctic upper atmosphere. The centerpiece instrument of the facility is an L band incoherent scatter (IS) radar with a fully steerable antenna. It has been operational since the ionospheric radar was transported from Alaska to Kangerlussuaq in 1983 and it continues to be in high demand by the scientific communities.

accessdate 2012-03-16 thumb 300px right Russell Glacier (Greenland) Russell Glacier (File:Russells-gletscher-kangerlussuaq-greenland.jpg), flowing down from Sermersuaq (Greenland ice sheet). Visible is the fresh meltwater outflow and remains of berg bombardment. Kangerlussuaq has also hosted the '''Greenland Space Science Symposium''' in May 2007. The selection of Greenland as a place for the symposium celebrated the rich history of Greenland in using scientific


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by more than 80%, although it has begun dropping again in recent years. As the only civilian airport in Greenland large enough to support large long-range airplanes


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jul 26 greenland-ice-sheet-borrowed-time Greenland's ice sheet is melting fast – I'm not surprised. The ice sheet has been living on borrowed time for many years, with dire consequences 26 July 2012 Scientific Research thumb left Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility (File:Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility (5).JPG) right thumb 300px Midnight sun (File:Sugar-loaf-kangerlussuaq-greenland.jpg) under Sugar Loaf, Kangerlussuaq

information about the arctic upper atmosphere. The centerpiece instrument of the facility is an L band incoherent scatter (IS) radar with a fully steerable antenna. It has been operational since the ionospheric radar was transported from Alaska to Kangerlussuaq in 1983 and it continues to be in high demand by the scientific communities.

accessdate 2012-03-16 thumb 300px right Russell Glacier (Greenland) Russell Glacier (File:Russells-gletscher-kangerlussuaq-greenland.jpg), flowing down from Sermersuaq (Greenland ice sheet). Visible is the fresh meltwater outflow and remains of berg bombardment. Kangerlussuaq has also hosted the '''Greenland Space Science Symposium''' in May 2007. The selection of Greenland as a place for the symposium celebrated the rich history of Greenland in using scientific


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, and three introduced populations in Arnangarnup Qoorua Nature Reserve, and Kangerlussuaq and Maniitsoq Caribou Reserves. Within these areas, muskoxen receive full protection. - 556 Kangerlussuaq Qeqqata - Balchen then was posted to the European Theatre to run "Operation Where and When", based at ''Luleå-Kallax (Kangerlussuaq)'' Air Base in northern Sweden. The base was set up for harassing and denying air superiority


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into the typical circle or line defensive formations, with their heads and horns facing you and any young behind the main rank, it means you have been identified as a mortal threat, and you should get away from the area as calmly and quickly as possible. Musk oxen are particularly nervous if you are located uphill from them, so ''never'' approach or pass by from above. A few other dangers are presented by the geography. The river coming from the ice cap, which passes by town and empties into the head of the fjord, has deposited huge silt flats which can be very unstable and present large areas of quicksand indistinguishable from harder sand. For this reason, do not venture out into the river bed, and do not drink the silty water coming from the glacier as the extremely fine silt can wreak havoc on your intestines, and clogs even the best of filters (water in ponds and streams elsewhere is perfectly safe). Finally, if you go to the edge of the inland ice in summer, beware that it is an active glacier and huge calving events can happen at any time, dropping tons of ice accompanied by bursts of pent-up, near-freezing melt water. Keep a safe distance from the edge. It should also be noted that there is no hospital in Kangerlussuaq. While lighter injuries can be treated at the local clinic, serious medical emergencies may require evacuation by air to Sisimiut or Nuuk. Mosquitoes and black flies are a serious problem during the summer months. Bug repellent is a must. Wikipedia:Kangerlussuaq Commons:Category:Kangerlussuaq


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Arctic-Roads.aspx Sisimiut.gl The cost estimates have been between 250-500 MDKK, depending on road quality, but it has been considered expensive, and therefore the plans are delayed. The drive time would be much longer than the fly time, and there are also considerations to move the main hub of Air Greenland to Nuuk (Nuuk Airport), closing Kangerlussuaq airport. Climate The climate in Kangerlussuaq is subarctic, bordering on polar continental (Polar climate), with the area

), Qaqortoq, Narsaq, Nuuk (Godthåb), Aasiaat and Sisimiut. Several other towns have also small ports. The only two users of the harbors are Royal Arctic Line and Arctic Umiaq Line. File:JATO Bottle.jpg A RATO bottle File:JATO_ashtrays-Kangerlussuaq.JPG Expended RATO bottles being used as ashtrays in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland File:P2V_launch_CVB-42_1951.jpg A Lockheed P-2 Neptune launches from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), 2

with OSS (Office of Strategic Services) crews, safely evacuated at least 2,000 Norwegians, 900 American internees and 150 internees of other nationalities from Sweden. Police troops (Norwegian refugees trained in Sweden) were also airlifted from Sweden to Finnmark. - style "background:#ddd;" Kangerlussuaq align center SFJ align center BGSF style "background:#ddd;" Kangerlussuaq Airport - Unlike Nuuk Airport, the airport

Kangerlussuaq

'''Kangerlussuaq''' ( ). It is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American (USA) settlement during and after World War II, when the site was known as '''Bluie West-8''' and '''Sondrestrom Air Base'''. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons. The settlement's economy and population of 512 is almost entirely reliant on the airport and tourist industry.

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