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Greenland : Vestgrønland/Kitaa

10.4 km (6.5 miles) SSE of Claushavn, Vestgrønland, Greenland
Approx. altitude: 307 m (1007 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 69°S 129°E

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South of the confluence #3: East of the confluence #4: West of the confluence #5: The GPS showing the surrounding tundra #6: My guide through the Disko Bay #7: Me at the confluence #8: One of the big icebergs in Disko Bay #9: The village of Ilimanq (Claushavn in Danish)

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  69°N 51°W (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: Looking north to Tasiusaq with its icebergs from Kangia

(visited by Karl Ahlswede)

21-Jun-2005 -- I visited the confluence while in Ilulissat, Greenland for the Arctic Midnight Orienteering competitions. A native seal hunter took me around the Ice Bank of the Kangia Icefiord. This 15 km journey through the Disko Bay and its multitudes of icebergs took an exhausting 4 hours. He deserves a great deal of credit for this find but I cannot properly credit him as I couldn't understand his name!

He dropped me off in the tiny fishing village of Ilimanaq (Claushavn in Danish) and I completed the remaining 15 km section with the help of the maps published by Greenland Tourism. Preparation for this hike was helped immensely by the web page www.sydforisfjorden.dk.

The confluence is located 139 meters up a hill which overlooks a plain dotted with lakes that leads to the Tasiusaq. This is a branch of the Kangia Icefiord and small icebergs can be seen floating in its waters. (picture 1)

The terrain of the confluence is very typical coastal Greenland with rocky ground covered with a shell of moss, lichens, grass and low growing crowberry bushes. (picture 5) Nearby is a stream flowing from a lake at a higher elevation to the south.

The day was cool, overcast and some bits of rain but nothing could have dampened the excitement of my first confluence find. I highly recommend this area of Greenland for anyone looking for an out-of-the-way vacation.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north to Tasiusaq with its icebergs from Kangia
#2: South of the confluence
#3: East of the confluence
#4: West of the confluence
#5: The GPS showing the surrounding tundra
#6: My guide through the Disko Bay
#7: Me at the confluence
#8: One of the big icebergs in Disko Bay
#9: The village of Ilimanq (Claushavn in Danish)
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