Photo by: Lars T. Christiansen
TOURISM 22. APR. 2021
The concept of a new visitor center by the Icefjord on the west coast of Greenland in Ilulissat, 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, is now being made a reality. The vision was to build a new Icefjord Center, which will be the first of a total of five visitor centers, which together will lift Greenland to a whole new level as a tourist destination. The Icefjord Center will open for visitors on 2 July 2021.
Photos by: Lars T. Christiansen
Ilulissat is located on the west coast of Greenland by Disko Bay - 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. The ice fjord is a spectacular place, where the world's climate change is taking place at full blast, and where visitors have the opportunity to watch one of the world's most active calving glaciers up close. It is here in the unique natural area, which was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004, that the construction of the visionary Ilulissat Icefjord Center began in 2019.
In Greenland, for many years there has been a strong desire for a information and learning center that can tell about the Icefjord, history and nature which is a central part of the self - government's tourism strategy.
Ilulissat is Greenland's most visited tourist town. In addition, the obvious consequences of climate change mean that the area is frequently visited by international climate debaters, researchers, heads of state and others in connection with research and meetings.
The intention of the building is to have a great respect for the special and unique nature surroundings, where the building must form a natural extension of the hiking routes with the opportunity to walk outside on the roof with unique views of the ice fjord and the landscape.
The Icefjord Center will be approximately 1,500 square meters on total. About 900 square meters of the building will be exhibition areas. The Icefjord Centre will house an exhibition area, cinema, café and a shop.