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Qoornoq Greenland - 2010
Qoornoq Greenland - 2010
Qoornoq is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Coordinates: 64°32′00″N 51°05′40″W / 64.53333°N 51.09444°W / 64.53333; -51.09444Coordinates: 64°32′00″N 51°05′40″W / 64.53333°N 51.09444°W / 64.53333; -51.09444
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Greenland
Municipality Sermersooq-coat-of-arms.png Sermersooq
First settled 2200 BCE
Abandoned 1972
Time zone UTC-03

Qoornoq (old spelling: Qôrnoq) is an uninhabited fishing village in the Sermersooq municipality in southwestern Greenland.


The area was known to have been inhabited by the ancient pre-Inuit, Paleo-Eskimo people of the Saqqaq culture as far back as 2200 BC.[1] It still contains archaeological ruins of ancient Inuit and Norse buildings. The site was excavated in 1952 and the remains of an old Norse farm and ancient tools were discovered.[2] The outside walls of the farm are double hatched and contain several Inuit houses.[2] The last permanent resident left in 1972. Descendents of former residents often come to their houses in the summer by boat.[2]

Qoornoq also once had a railway used for transporting fish. The railway was used in the 1950s, with a small diesel-hydraulic locomotive hauling flat wagons full of fish. The line closed shortly before the town's last resident left.


Qoornoq is located on the northeastern coast of the Qoornuup Qeqertarsua Island in the Nuup Kangerlua fjord, to the northeast of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.


  1. ^ "Human history". Nuuk Tourism. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c From Middle Ages to Colonial Times. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 338. ISBN 87-635-1239-4.