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Håbets Ø
Kangeq, ca. 1890
Kangeq, ca. 1890
Kangeq is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 64°07′00″N 52°04′00″W / 64.11667°N 52.06667°W / 64.11667; -52.06667Coordinates: 64°07′00″N 52°04′00″W / 64.11667°N 52.06667°W / 64.11667; -52.06667
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Sermersooq-coat-of-arms.png Sermersooq
First settled before 1000 CE
Abandoned 1973[citation needed]
Time zone UTC-03

Kangeq or Kangek (Kalaallisut: "Promontory"[citation needed]) is a former settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southwestern Greenland. It is located on the same island that formed the first Danish colony on Greenland between 1721 and 1728.

The more recent settlement was a traditional fishing village, before its abandonment in 1973.[citation needed]


A map of Haabet Oe and Baal's River by Hans Egede.

As a coastal settlement, Kangeq was positioned on the migration route of the ancient Inuit peoples. Archeological finds from the Dorset culture era have been found near Kangeq.[1] The Dorset people had vanished from the Nuuk region prior to 1000 CE.[1]

Since the arrival of the Thule people who settled here permanently, Kangeq was a traditional Inuit coastal village, not dissimilar to Atammik and Napasoq in the north, just beyond the border with the Qeqqata municipality.

The island of Kangeq, dubbed Haabets Oe ("Island of Hope"), formed the site of Hans Egede's first settlement in Greenland after his landing on July 3, 1721.[2] The settlement was relocated to the mainland by Major Claus Paarss in 1728.

Tupilak, woman and man by Aron of Kangeq.

In the mid-19th century, it was also home to the artist Aron of Kangeq (1822-1869), a Greenland Inuit hunter, painter, and oral historian.[3]

Today the ruins of Kangeq are sometimes visited by historically oriented tourists.[4] In 2009, the old houses of Kangeq were used as a backdrop for the Eksperimentet film, with the settlement emulating the look of Nuuk in 1952,[5] before the city center was peppered with communal apartment blocks in the 1960s, forever changing the character of the town.


Kangeq was located in an island at the mouth of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord, on the coast of Labrador Sea, approximately 18 km (11 mi) west-south-west of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

Former notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Human History". Nuuk Tourism. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Saabye, Hans Egede. Greenland: Being Extracts from a Journal Kept in That Country in the Years 1770 to 1778. Boosey & Sons (London), 1818.
  3. ^ "Suluk 2007 No.2" (PDF). Air Greenland. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 7, 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "A sailing adventure to the abandoned fishing village of Kangeq". The Fourth Continent. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kangeq med i film". Sermitsiaq (in Danish). 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.