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Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat Icefjord Centre

What’s the centre in a nutshell?

The Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is a remarkable architectural achievement that brings together the elements of nature, community and architecture in the stunning setting of Greenland. The Centre, which opened in the summer of 2021, is a one-of-a-kind project that serves as a hub for knowledge, tourism and community-building in the town of Ilulissat. The centre is built in the shape of a boomerang, with a striking wood-clad design that blends seamlessly into the rocky landscape. Inside, it contains a one-story exhibition space, a cinema, a museum shop and a cafe. The centre is the unofficial arrival site for visitors of Ilulissat, and it is open all year round, even during the winter months when tourists are scarce.

 

What is showcased?

The centre showcases the story of Ilulissat and the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. The Icefjord contains the massive Jakobshavn Glacier, which calves over 35 cubic kilometres of ice in the fjord and is responsible for producing ten per cent of Greenlandic icebergs. The centre provides visitors with a new perspective on the town and the surrounding landscape and offers a glimpse into the local community’s way of life, which is deeply connected to the ice and the natural surroundings. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of Ilulissat, including the role of fishing and hunting in the community, the impact of the harsh climate on the town’s residents, and the importance of conservation and sustainability in the area. The centre also serves as an educational resource for visitors, with interactive exhibits, guided tours and educational programs for all ages.

Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland

What is the architecture like?

The architecture of the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is truly breathtaking, with its wing-shaped, wood-clad design peeking out of the rocky landscape. The building was designed by Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, who aimed to create a structure that would blend seamlessly into the surroundings and harmonize with the natural beauty of the area. The building is constructed with sustainable materials, such as wood and stone, and features large windows that allow natural light to flood the interior spaces. The design is functional, with the exhibition space, cinema, museum shop and cafe all seamlessly integrated into the building. The centre is not only a beautiful work of architecture, but it also serves as a symbol of the community’s deep connection to the natural world. Visitors can get an even better view of the beautiful surroundings by walking up on the roof of the structure, which is open for visitors around the clock.

What’s the island like?

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a land of breathtaking natural beauty, rich culture, and unique history. It is the ultimate destination for those who want to experience the extraordinary. From its jaw-dropping natural beauty, including glaciers taller than skyscrapers and fjords more majestic than a unicorn, to its rich cultural heritage, where the Inuit people have been living in harmony with the land for thousands of years, Greenland will leave you spellbound. For those looking to escape the chaos of the world, it is the perfect place for solitude and remoteness. As a bonus, you can also witness the effects of climate change first-hand and feel like you’re saving the planet just by visiting. All in all, Greenland is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime destination where nature, culture and adventure collide.

Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
Ilulissat Icefjord Centre Greenland
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Ilulissat Icefjord Centre
Sermermiut Aqquttaa B2089
Ilulissat
Greenland

Photography courtesy of Adam Mørk and Dorte Mandrup

 

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Ilulissat Icefjord Centre
Sermermiut Aqquttaa B2089
Ilulissat
Greenland

Photography courtesy of Adam Mørk and Dorte Mandrup 

 

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