FACTS

Rodebay, or Oqaatsut in Greenlandic, is a small traditional settlement, located on a peninsula, well protected from the elements and with a view of the icebergs of Disko Bay. It is located just 14 km as the crow flies from Ilulissat and can be easily reached on foot, by dog sled or by boat. People have lived here since far back in the distant past. At first the area was the site of an Inuit settlement, later it hosted a Dutch whaling station and in 1877 was officially granted colony status under the Danish crown. The old whaling culture has not been forgotten and has left its mark on the small settlement. See, for example, the distinctive whale landing dock close to the Hotel Nordlys. Today, the village has 46 inhabitants and houses a small fish processing plant with approximately 10 employees during peak season. With a focus on natural drying, the plant specializes in the refining of halibut, catfish and cod.

Ilulissat Ilulissat is Greenland's third largest city and the administrative center of the Disko Bay area. It lies about two miles north of the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Qaasuitsup Municipality.

Ilulissat Ice Fjord is world famous and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Every year tourists and scientists flock to the fjord, mainly to see the huge icebergs flowing from the Sermeq Kujalleq, the world's fastest moving glacier and one of its most productive.