Akuliaruseq Island

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Akuliaruseq Island (left), Eqalugaarsuit Fjord (center), and Kangeq Peninsula (right)
Akuliaruseq is located in Greenland
Location Greenland
Coordinates 72°33′30″N 55°10′00″W / 72.55833°N 55.16667°W / 72.55833; -55.16667Coordinates: 72°33′30″N 55°10′00″W / 72.55833°N 55.16667°W / 72.55833; -55.16667
Archipelago Upernavik Archipelago
Municipality Qaasuitsup

Akuliaruseq Island is an uninhabited island in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland.


Location within the archipelago[edit]

Akuliaruseq Island is located in the southern part of the Upernavik Archipelago, in the group between Nunavik Peninsula in the south, and Upernavik Icefjord in the north.[1]

In the west, Ammarqua Strait separates Akuliaruseq Island from Nutaarmiut Island, the largest island in the archipelago.[2] A small, unnamed channel branching to the east off Ammarqua separates the island from Nako Island in the north. In the east, the narrow Torsukattak Strait separates Akuliaruseq from Amarortalik Island.[1]

The long Eqalugaarsuit Sulluat Fjord separates the island from the large Kangeq Peninsula in the south. The southern coastline is indented by a small Puugutaata Ilua bay branching off the fjord. It is the only indentation in the otherwise undeveloped coastline of the island.[1]


Like all larger islands in the neighborhood, Akuliaruseq Island is very mountainous. The highest point is an unnamed peak of 720 m (2,360 ft) in the western part of the island.[1] Apart from the coastal lowland isthmus in the southeast, the majority of the island is occupied by a single, flooded mountain. Another previously flooded mountain, Puugutaa, culminating in a 550 m (1,800 ft) peak is located on the other side of the low isthmus.[1]


The rocks on the island are of Precambrian origin, with Albian-Campanian sediments.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Upernavik, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  2. ^ "TIL OPPLYSNING". Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Lotte Melchior Larsen. "Volcanic development in the Nuussuaq Basin, West Greenland". De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland (GEUS). Retrieved 29 August 2010.