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Cape Farewell Archipelago

Coordinates: 59°49′N 43°35′W / 59.817°N 43.583°W / 59.817; -43.583
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Cape Farewell Archipelago
Native name:
Nunap Isua
View of the archipelago with its glaciers from a height of about 11,500 m
LocationNorth Atlantic Ocean
Southern Greenland
Coordinates59°49′N 43°35′W / 59.817°N 43.583°W / 59.817; -43.583
Major islandsSammisoq, Egger, Ikeq, Avallersuaq
Highest elevation1,546 m (5072 ft)
Highest pointChristian IV Island HP

Cape Farewell Archipelago (also Nunap Isua Archipelago) is an island group located at the southern end of Greenland in Kujalleq municipality. The archipelago takes its name from Cape Farewell, a headland of Egger Island (also known as Itilleq).



The Cape Farewell Archipelago is separated from the mainland's south coast by Prince Christian Sound in the north and by the Torsukattak Fjord in the west.[1] The main islands of the group are characterized as large and mountainous, surrounded by fjord-like passages. There are also several islets and rocks.



Sammisoq (Christian IV Island) is the largest island of the archipelago.[2] Other significant islands include Egger Island (Itilleq), the southernmost of the group, Nunarsuaq (Nunarssuak), Pamialluk, Annikitsoq, Qunnerit, Ikeq, Walkendorff and Qernertoq (Kasit),[3] as well as the Avallersuaq and Saningassoq islets.[4]

Landsat image with Egger Island's headland Cape Farewell in the centre.

See also



  • Prostar (1 January 2005). Prostar Sailing Directions 2005 Greenland and Iceland Enroute. ProStar Publications. ISBN 978-1-57785-753-2.
  • United States. Hydrographic Office (1947). Publications.