Melville Bay

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Melville Bay
An Inuit hunting boat in southern Melville Bay. Late morning fog and icebergs in the background.
Location Arctic
Coordinates 75°45′N 61°00′W / 75.750°N 61.000°W / 75.750; -61.000Coordinates: 75°45′N 61°00′W / 75.750°N 61.000°W / 75.750; -61.000
Ocean/sea sources Baffin Bay
Basin countries Greenland
Max. length 300 km (190 mi)
Max. width 100 km (62 mi)
Frozen Between October and late July
Location of Melville Bay − shaded area to the northwest of Greenland

Melville Bay (Greenlandic: Qimusseriarsuaq), is a large bay off the coast of northwestern Greenland. Located to the north of the Upernavik Archipelago, it opens to the south-west into Baffin Bay. Its Kalaallisut name, Qimusseriarsuaq, means "the great dog sledding place".[1]

The bay is delimited by Cape York in the northeast and Wilcox Head, the western promontory on Kiatassuaq Island in the south.[2]

In the 19th century Melville Bay was an important place for whaling fleets.

Aerial view of Wilcox Head


Some islands of the Upernavik Archipelago are in the Melville Bay area:

Historical pictures[edit]

View of two ships in Melville Bay by Edward Augustus Inglefield.
1869 photograph of a steamer and a party of hunters in Melville Bay.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Melville Bay". Danish Polar Center. Retrieved 2008-05-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ Upernavik Avannarleq, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992

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