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Iginniarfik is located some 40 km south of Kangaatsiaq and some 15 km east of Ikerasaarsuk, on the south side of the Alanngorsua peninsula. The settlement was established as a trading station around 1850 and is characterised by a relatively mild climate. 

Located by a small inlet, the settlement borders on water on two sides. The oldest part of the settlement is located in a hollow in the landscape, bordering on a steep mountain section to the north. 

Settlement objectives (priority areas, development goals etc.)

Iginniarfik’s service level and range of housing should be adapted to its development. Business development especially is to be supported by providing sufficient space for the fishermen and production facilities. Access roads and paths should also be improved, and waste management should be addressed.

Population and housing

On 2 February 2017, 73 persons lived in Iginniarfik. The settlement saw a high increase in population in the 90s, but population has dropped dramatically since 2005 (27 per cent).

Since no considerable increase in population is expected, the planning period primarily calls for replacement buildings in connection with redevelopment.

There are 20 households in Iginniarfik, and the settlements consist primarily of detached single-family houses. There are no senior care homes in the settlement.

The two residential areas of the building are largely undeveloped and can be reduced in future planning. The settlement holds available space for some 20 houses, which covers the need during the planning period

Industry and port facilities

The inhabitants mainly work in fishing, sealing and whaling, but there is no fish factory/production facility. Public activities, school and service also generate jobs.

The unemployment rate in the four settlements in Kangaatsiaq district as a whole (18,2%) is slightly larger than Kangaatsiaq (17.1%), and almost twice as large as the other districts in the municipality (8.2-10.9%). It is thus also far higher than both the municipal average (10.7%) and the national average (9.1%). No figures on work force distribution across trades are available.

The port consists of a pier.

The town plan holds no available space for industry.

Infrastructure and service

The settlement features a helistop, which Air Greenland operates in the winter and spring. From May to October, passengers and goods are moved by ship to and from Aasiaat and Kangaatsiaq. The pier is used for freight and passengers. Naalakkersuisut has designated a port authority area next to the pier. The settlement has a very limited system of unpaved roads.

Water supply consists of ice and water collected from a lake south of the settlement. The settlement has a power plant and there are plans to extend its grid. There is no sewerage. Day-time refuse and night soil are deposited at the dump along with chemical waste and metal.

Telecommunications is handled by TELE Greenland.

The settlement’s service functions include, e.g., a small shop and a settlement office (B-710). In the building housing the school, there is a nursing station and a school chapel. Day-care schemes provide childcare services.


The Atuarfik Iginniarfik school numbers 20 pupils from forms one to nine.

Cultural and leisure facilities

The old school (B-63) is used as village hall for the settlement. A soccer field is located on a flat, lower-lying area south of the settlement, close to the helistop. No buildings or areas in the settlement have preservation value or are listed.  

Last edited 19-1-2018


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