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Itissaalik is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 74°03′17″N 56°44′35″W / 74.05472°N 56.74306°W / 74.05472; -56.74306Coordinates: 74°03′17″N 56°44′35″W / 74.05472°N 56.74306°W / 74.05472; -56.74306
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Qaasuitsup-coat-of-arms.svg Qaasuitsup
Founded 1904[1]
Abandoned 1957[1]
Time zone UTC-03

Itissaalik (old spelling: Itivsâlik, also Itussaalik) is a former settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. It was located in the northern part of Upernavik Archipelago, on the southern shore of Itissaalik Island, an island in Sugar Loaf Bay.[2]


Itissaalik was established in 1904, and temporarily depopulated five years later. It was repopulated again in 1911, and finally abandoned in 1957, during the post-war consolidation phase in northwestern Greenland,[1] with the population moving to nearby Nuussuaq, and further to Kullorsuaq in Melville Bay.


  1. ^ a b c Petersen, Robert (2003). Settlements, kinship and hunting grounds in traditional Greenland: A comparative study of local experiences from Upernavik and Ammassalik. Danish Polar Center. p. 106. ISBN 978-87-635-1261-9. 
  2. ^ Upernavik Avannarleq, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992