Akia Island

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Akia Island seen from the north
Akia Island is located in Greenland
Akia Island
Location off the west coast of Greenland
Location Greenland
Coordinates 72°45′10″N 56°07′00″W / 72.75278°N 56.11667°W / 72.75278; -56.11667Coordinates: 72°45′10″N 56°07′00″W / 72.75278°N 56.11667°W / 72.75278; -56.11667
Archipelago Upernavik Archipelago
Length 5.8 km (3.6 mi)
Width 5.8 km (3.6 mi)
Municipality Qaasuitsup

Akia Island (Danish: Langø) is an uninhabited island in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. The name of the island means "turned on its side" in the Greenlandic language.


Aerial view of the interior of Akia Island

Akia Island is located in the outer belt of islands in the Upernavik Archipelago, in the group between the Upernavik Icefjord in the north, and Nunavik Peninsula in the south, approximately 500 m (1,600 ft) to the southeast of Upernavik Island, on the other side of a small waterway separating the islands.[1]

In the east and south, another small waterway separates Akia from a larger Qaarsorsuaq Island. In the west, several small skerries such as Avannarleq (Danish: Nordø), Qeqertasussuk (Danish: Bruuns ø), and Aorrussaq (Danish: Hvalø) buffer the western coast from the open waters of Baffin Bay.[1]

Pear-shaped and hilly, the island culminates in an unnamed 220 m (720 ft) peak in the central-northern part of the island.[1] There are many small ponds and lakes in the interior of the island.


Name Direction Latitude N Longitude W
Pamiua (Danish: Søndre Næs) Western Cape 72°45′41″ 56°12′52″
(none) Northern Cape 72°47′22″ 56°03′17″
Sarpinat Eastern Cape (not the easternmost point) 72°45′58″ 56°02′36″
Umiartorfik Southern Cape 72°44′06″ 56°06′56″


  1. ^ a b c Upernavik, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992